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Scary Sirens and Simple Prayer

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 2 comments

Tiny bare feet pounded toward me. I understood the sound of her running like a mother knows the reason for her baby’s cry. She was frightened. I raised my head from where I bent over a cheese grater in one hand and chunk of cheddar in another, put both down, hastily wiped my hands on a towel in time to turn toward the little body that face-planted hard into my legs. Her arms encircled me knee high and held on tight. The pale face buried against me was squeezed into an eye-shut grimace. Bending over, with my hands under her armpits, I pulled her up into a tight embrace, and waited until the howling sirens outside our apartment passed. When my child was afraid, something in me melted. Perhaps it mirrored some of my own emotions, because I also...

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Oh, Snap!

Posted by on Jul 27, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Giggles and Grace | 0 comments

A few years ago, we all piled into the van in our Sunday best and headed towards church. The normally empty Sunday morning streets were full of vehicles. Trying to make it to church on time, my husband chose an alternate route. My then four-year-old asked, “Did you make a wrong turn, Daddy?” Grace noticed we weren’t going the way we normally traveled to church. I explained how Daddy chose a different way to avoid all the traffic. “Oooohhh,” Grace nodded her head. “We don’t like traffic, do we? We should just ‘X’ it out!” “Yep, we should,” I said chuckling. And then she added, “Let’s just snap it to Jesus!” I laughed even harder, as if it were that simple to remove the unpleasant things in life, and snapped my fingers. Out of control debt? SNAP! Too many...

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Make a Note to be Thankful

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

This past Mother’s Day we as a family invited those around us whom might feel a disconnect to join us for our special meal. By “disconnect” I mean those who would be separated from children or parents on Mother’s Day. As it turned out, our choice was my new supervisor and his wife. They have recently moved from Indiana and were separated from family. We had a nice lunch together blessed with laughter and camaraderie. A week later our mail contained a nice handwritten note: a thank you card.  My wife opened the envelope and read the contents.  It was a simply stated but obviously heartfelt expression of thankfulness. One of my sons commented, “A thank you note for lunch?” “Sure,” I said and gave him the card to read.  Then I asked, “How does that make you feel?”...

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Discipline Crashers

Posted by on Jul 11, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

The thought “I scream for ice-cream,” flashed through my brain as Amee, buckled securely in a restaurant high chair, defiantly wailed, “I want ice-cream.” And we the spoilsports, aka parents, stubbornly answered, “No.” A two-year-old about to skyrocket, Amee yanked at the plastic bib around her neck, flailed her arms, and kicked her legs. I picked up a small piece of ripped off hamburger with one hand and an equally innocuous piece of bun and held it out to her. “You need to eat some food first,” I insisted. Amee wanted none of it. Her lips pursed tight together and she shook her head away from the offending offer. No buzzing fake airplane doing loop-di-loops in the air above her head could land in that hangar. “Come on, Amee, just a bite,” her daddy coaxed. We broke down pieces...

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When Children Worry

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

My five-year-old grandson headed straight for my husband’s new digital camera. I scrambled out of my chair and grabbed it before he managed to reach it. Holding it tight I turned to frown at my husband. “You need to put this where it’s not going to get broken.” I chided. Nonplused he took it from me. “Here, let me show you how to handle a camera,” he grinned at our grandson and invited him close with an outstretched arm. My husband slipped the strap over our grandson’s blonde head and showed him what to touch, where to hold, and how to respect a delicate camera. I come from a long line of worriers. Fear restricted my family. My husband’s family learned how to manage unknowns so that competence and confidence replaced anxiety. I am always amazed at how different...

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The Value of a Good Father

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

Michael G. Moriarty, (The Perfect 10: The Blessings of Following God’s Commandments in a Post Modern World, p. 113) reports that: “Almost 75 percent of American children living in fatherless households will experience poverty before the age of eleven, compared to only twenty percent of those raised by two parents. Children living in homes where fathers are absent are far more likely to be expelled from or drop out of school, develop emotional or behavioral problems, commit suicide, and fall victim to child abuse or neglect. The males are also far more likely to become violent criminals. As a matter of fact, men who grew up without dads currently represent over seventy percent of the prison population serving long-term sentences.” Further statistics are staggering.  Numbers from the US Department of Health, US Department of Justice, and the Center for...

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