Nina Herne Walsh

Life is tough. Many joys come our way, but also deep sorrows. They say we would not recognize valleys if we did not have the mountaintop experiences for comparison. As a Christian, my faith and spiritual experiences acknowledge God’s constant presence, though there are times when it seems like He has gone on vacation or does not care. Phillip Yancey’s book, Disappointment with God, shocked to me. Maybe we can discuss that on my blog in more detail sometime.

By way of introduction, I want to share my intent for sharing in this website and blog. My husband and I had two children. Right now, I have a son, a son-in-law, two daughters-in-law, three grandchildren four step-grandchildren, and two step-great grandchildren. The story is far more complicated than that, but we will leave the complications for later. Obviously, one of our children is missing. Our 35-year-old daughter died December 15, 2008, 101 days after learning she had metastasized kidney cancer. She left a gaping hole in our hearts causing a tsunami! One of the tidal waves took my husband who, six months after her death, he found an oncology nurse who comforted him. I thought I could never recover, but I was wrong. As Karin wrote a few days before she died, “God is amazing!”

Nina searching through photos

I hold a Master of Science in Library Science. When not a stay-at-home mom or a stay-at-home wife during our empty nester years, I worked as a librarian – children’s, adult reference, school (all grade levels), and administrator of a public library. After losing my mother and sorting through her papers, the genealogy bug ruthlessly stung me. My research uncovered three phenomenal legacy stories shouting to be shared with the world, not just for my family. I honed my writing skills and felt ready to seek an agent for my book about my great great grandfather’s Civil War experience, when Karin’s diagnosis bomb-shelled my life.

Losing my daughter and husband, raised questions and presented problems. My blog reveal these experiences as I come up for air, hoping you will share your input on how you decipher life.

James 1:2-3 suggests we should be filled with joy when we have troubles. That seems like such a ridiculous dichotomy – to be happy about unhappiness. Paul’s radical idea involves troubles exercising our faith while strengthening the virtue of patience as we work through our problems. Do you have thoughts on this craziness? Please share with me.