A Baby Named Michelle

Follow me on…Our daughter Michelle Lynn Pence was born on Monday June 1, 1987. She died exactly one week later, on Monday, June 8th. This would have been her 28th birthday. I am re-posting the story I wrote about our experience with Michelle both to remember her and as an encouragement to anyone who is hurting. […]

How to Help Someone who is Grieving


Follow me on…  How do you help or encourage someone who has suffered a loss? Sometimes it’s incredibly simple. Our daughter Michelle died when she was a week old. It wasn’t a shock; we knew it was coming. We had known since the first sonogram, twenty weeks into the pregnancy. The doctors couldn’t tell us […]

10 Things NOT to Say or Do to Bereaved People

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Follow me on…In 1987, my wife and I lost our daughter Michelle when she was only one week old. That was a profound, life-changing experience for both of us. For one thing, it led me to become a writer. Over the years, much of my writing has focused on grief and tragedy, and how God […]

Quick Review: The Hobbit–The Battle of the Five Armies

Follow me on…If you’re planning to see The Hobbit during the holidays, here are some suggestions for enjoying the film, particularly if you have read and loved the book. (BTW, just so you’ll know, I began reading Tolkien when I was 15 years old and have lost count of the number of times I’ve read […]