Antimony in the Sandbox, Stars on the Ceiling

“I’m making antimony in the sandbox.” “What?”  “I’m making antimony. It’s is a nitrogen element.  A metalloid.”‘ Despite Pip’s infectious enthusiasm, the three-year old sharing the sandpit with him gathered his excavator and pail, and at his mother’s prompting, retreated to another corner of the playground. Later, Pip pointed to the light over our bathroom…

God Desires Your Heart, Not Your Degree

Discussions with a few readers struggling with the competitiveness and focus on self-promotion in their studies inspired my next article on desiring God:  God Wants Your Heart, Not Your Degree I’ve experienced first hand the murkiness that arises when we endeavor toward a God-honoring pursuit, but must do so within a system mired in idolatry….

My Forthcoming Book!

I’ve received the okay to announce that I’m writing a book for Crossway on end-of-life care through a Christian lens. It’s intended for laypeople, and Lord willing will be on shelves sometime in 2019.  The tentative title is Neither Life nor Death: A Practical Guide for Christians on End-of-Life Critical Care. The literally hundreds of…

Homeschooling: First Year in Review

When I began this journey last summer, I stumbled forward with excitement, energy, and absolute terror. I had no homeschooling peer network upon which to lean, no role model, and no rationale for my approach aside from the needs of my kids and the leanings of my own heart.  Some thought I was crazy. As…

The Quiet Plague of Painkillers

My next article now appears on desiring God. This was a challenging topic for me to tackle; I hope it speaks to others. The Quiet Plague of Painkillers: The Opioid Epidemic in America  

He Loves You Even More Than I Do

My next desiring God article is up. This one I wrote out of compulsion. He Loves You Even More Than I Do: Letter to My Children Excerpt: “He knows your every whim and fingerprint, and reigns over every cloud above you, every wave into which you venture (Matthew 10:30; Psalm 139:1–12). As you stumble through…

No Regrets

A number of young women have reached out to me to inquire about a career in medicine as it may coincide or conflict with responsibilities at home. While I’m delighted to mentor on an individual basis, I also feel compelled to address the topic publicly. My intent in writing From Medical Doctor to Stay-at-Home Mom…

Reflections

Years of training in surgery equipped me with the skills and confidence to stop massive bleeding, take out gallbladders, and open the chest in under half a minute. These skills mean bupkiss when a toddler sets a Scrabble game on fire. Recently my husband was out of town, and the kids and I were quarantined…

Season of Change: Then and Now

  Eight months ago, I left practice as a critical care surgeon in favor of homeschooling my kids. As part of the “day in the life” linkup on Simple Homeschool, I’m sharing a glimpse into life before I left practice, and how the days appear now. Myriad factors influenced my decision to leave clinical work,…

A Critical Care Surgeon Meets the Great Physician

My testimony appears in the March 2017 issue of Christianity Today. This is very close to my heart; I pray the Lord uses it to encourage others. A Critical Care Surgeon Meets the Great Physician

Chasing Sparks

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” — William Butler Yeats On our worst homeschool days, hairstyling attempts with glue, fights over blocks, and a busted toilet sabotage all semblance of curriculum. Evening finds me slumped forward at the kitchen table, holding my head in my hands and…

Christian, Your Pain Is Never Punishment

New article on desiring God: Christian, Your Pain Is Never Punishment “… we must never presume to know God’s intent for someone in anguish. God has an infinite capacity to effect goodness in the midst of our inequity.”