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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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Don’t Pull the Thread

Posted by on Jun 9, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Giggles and Grace | 0 comments

I didn’t recognize the number on my phone but answered it anyway. “Hello?” “Hey, Mrs. Hatcher? Hey. Umm…,” he started. I should have recognized the awkward hem-hawing and known the conversation wasn’t headed anywhere I wanted to go. The youth pastor called me to meet him across the college campus, where I was chaperoning a group of middle school girls at church camp, to come talk to him about my son. “There’s been an incident and somehow a mattress has been destroyed,” Pastor Brian told me. “I’ll be right there.” I cut him off and took long strides across the open common area between dorms. I walked in the boys’ dorm and was pointed to a room where I found the youth pastor, my son’s counselor, my son and two of his – shall I call them accomplices? Men...

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Transformed – Or Not

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

The ride home from school is one of my favorite times of the day. It’s often when my kids will share with me the stories that have taken place at school or perhaps what they’ve learned. Grace is definitely the biggest talker/sharer of my three. When she was four, she attended pre-school at a church around the corner from our house. She loved her teachers there and always hit the car with a story or song she had learned earlier in the day. One day before I could even pull out of the church parking lot, Grace told me, “Today we learned about transformation!” I smiled, knowing she was at a Christian school but was impressed they had taught such a big word and concept. I envisioned them using caterpillars, cocoons and butterflies to discuss transformation, and then perhaps...

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Beauty in the Unexpected

Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Giggles and Grace | 0 comments

Kids. They will make you proud, and they will embarrass you. They will make you laugh until you cry, and they will flat out make you cry. My favorite for sure is when they make me laugh. And no one does that better than my Grace. She was four and needed to use the potty. (That’s mama-talk for the restroom.) It never fails the kids always need to go to the restroom as soon as food is delivered to the table when we are at a restaurant. Or they have a restroom emergency when my grocery cart is full to the top and we are on the opposite side of the store. Or, my favorite, they need to go when there is no clean bathroom to use. Needless to say, when the kids were little and announced they need...

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Heart Check

Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Giggles and Grace | 0 comments

One of my favorite things with my three kids is listening to them play. They invent elaborate characters and conversations as they imagine castles and princesses and ninjas and anything else their minds can create. Sometimes they will even include me in the fun. I’ve played both the good guy and the bad buy many a time. But one of their favorite games is “doctor.” Over the years, we’ve had several play doctor kits with all the medical instruments. Nothing makes them giggle more than listening to mama cry after getting a play shot. When my twelve-year-old daughter, Faith, was around the age of four, she would listen to my heart, take my blood pressure, check my temperature, give me shots and cover my boo-boos with Band-aids. But usually she would end by giving me a sticker, just like...

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You Be Jesus

Posted by on Jan 12, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Giggles and Grace | 0 comments

We were at my parents for a family gathering, and conversations were aplenty. Grace, three at the time, busied herself playing with some of my old baby dolls my mom kept out for the grandkids. She took off their clothes and put them back on again. She put them in a doll stroller and pushed them all through the house, stopping every so often to adjust a blanket or give a baby a bottle. Her imagination soared as she played the mama. But then, Grace pulled empty chairs over to one side of the room and lined them up. It took her a while to pull them to the right spot, as some of them were heavier than her three-year-old self could manage. Finally, she had the chairs just like she wanted. Four empty chairs were lined up and...

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