Blessed Assurance: A Story of Hope (part eleven)

Vivian woke early to the sound of a rooster crowing in the distance.  The house was situated just far enough from the chicken coop to hear the morning crows.  Grandpa Sonny had warned the kids that farm life means early morning life.  “You’ll hear Russel Crow just before the sun comes up every morning.”  The … Continue reading Blessed Assurance: A Story of Hope (part eleven)

Blessed Assurance: A Story of Hope (part ten)

It was a long few days before they finally saw it; the “Welcome to Iowa” sign.  Trevor honked his horn as they passed it so his mother could hear his joy.  He was so ready to be done with the endless driving.  Vivian honked hers in return.  Never had she been so glad to see … Continue reading Blessed Assurance: A Story of Hope (part ten)

Blessed Assurance: A Story of Hope (part nine)

The days went quickly as the family made arrangements to leave Palm Beach.  Vivian could feel fear growing in the pit of her stomach.  Iowa was nothing like their home now; the palm trees, the smell of the ocean, the trendy restaurants, she would miss this place.  “It’s only for the summer,” she reminded herself.   … Continue reading Blessed Assurance: A Story of Hope (part nine)

Blessed Assurance: A Story of Hope (part six)

By the time Sonny pulled the old pickup truck into the driveway, Mae was pacing the floor.  She’d prepared one of their favorites for lunch: ham piled high on homemade bread with thickly sliced tomatoes from the garden and pickles spears on the side from a batch she’d canned the previous summer.   Before Sonny could … Continue reading Blessed Assurance: A Story of Hope (part six)

Blessed Assurance: A Story of Hope (part five)

Sonny was angry when he went to bed.  He’d tried to hide it, tried to seem causal, but he was pretty certain Mae could see right through him.  That woman.  He loved her so much.  She had a gift of discernment and not much escaped her notice.  It was 2:30am and he laid in the … Continue reading Blessed Assurance: A Story of Hope (part five)