August, 2013

Dear Big Brother, I’d sleep light

August 30, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Dear Big Brother, How kind of you to teach your baby brother, The Cheerful Little Cricket, my cell number. Can I just say…what were you thinking?!  Oh, I’m sure it was a hoot at the time, practicing those drills with him, turning Mommy’s number into a chant he’d remember and rewarding his lisping attempts with […]



“Encouragement” technology would sell–housewife offers ideas

August 27, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note: This Grounds for Insanity column first appeared on local newsstands on August 26, 2013. That makes me happy. When it happens, it’s a crisis. No, I mean it. Look up the word “crisis” in any dictionary, and there’ll be a picture of a microwave oven, black smoke rising, sitting ‘midst a shower of sparks. […]



No longer afraid of ‘happy’ (oh, and announcing the winners)

August 26, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

“Christians are afraid of the word ‘happy.’” That was the startling announcement I made just the other day to Mr. Schrock as I padded around in the kitchen. He, likely foraging for something chocolate with which to sustain, murmured something, but, for the most part, just listened. “Any more, there are so many times I’m […]



He knows your name

August 22, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

I’ll never forget it as long as I live. One year ago, in a fiery season, a summer of drought, I’d cried out in my distress. And the cry went like this: “Lord, I need a confirmation. Need something. I don’t know how it should look or what I need. But You do, so I […]



Parents driven to distraction, even without the phones

August 20, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note: This column appeared in the 08/19/13 edition of The Goshen News. It’s a wonder I’m not too distracted to remember the date. And my name. 😀 Before there were cell phones, there was still distracted driving. I thought of this recently when a friend told me about a bumper sticker she’d seen. “Driving under […]



Come celebrate with me (and win something fun!)

August 19, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It’s shoutin’ time. Yes, it is, and I’m throwin’ a party to tell it. It was nearly 6 years ago on November 5, 2007, that something quite miraculous occurred. In a certain local paper, page 3, Monday edition, a column appeared with a face and a name. I can’t tell you how surreal it still […]



Lightened, no longer ashamed

August 16, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Settling in, I look up. There before me lies our open backyard. Beside me, coffee, steaming, and around me? Oh, all around me and spreading on toward the fence lies a carpet of green that sparkles with diamonds. The dew’s fallen heavy in the night as we slept. Now, kissed by the light, it’s aflame, […]



Broken down, strengthened up

August 15, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Oh, this is such a good word for today! It came to me one winter day, but it shines, clear and true on this lovely summer one. Press in, my friend. Press in. It came up this past weekend.  Able at last to go on a date night with hubby, the venerable Mr. Schrock, we’d […]



Local mother seeks to avoid prosecution, celebrates summer

August 13, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note:  This column was published in the 08/12/13 edition of The Goshen News. And here it comes. In a mere three days, I will face my annual struggle, that being the dark temptation to throw tack strips down across the road as the buses lumber into town. So far, my Christian maturity and the desire […]



When the water’s stirring (what to do)

August 12, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

“I tell you, this week just kicked the legs right out from under me.” It’s me, telling a friend about the kind of week I’ve had. It’s me, and I’m feeling desperate. On the other end of the phone, she’s teaching wisdom, giving counsel. She’s speaking truth, and me? I’m feeling grateful. It’s this one, […]



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