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Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Giggles and Grace | 0 comments

The weather was perfect—just crisp enough for a light jacket, but enough sun to feel warmth on my face. I called my then four-year-old daughter, Grace, to see if she wanted to play outside. When she came running, I opened the garage and pulled out a lawn chair. Grace went to the back of the garage where all the riding toys were stored to locate her princess bicycle with training wheels and streamers on the handle bars. She pulled it out to the driveway and went back for a bike helmet. She plopped it on her head and went to sit on the bicycle, all the while working to buckle the strap under her chin. I walked to where she sat and leaned down to help straighten the twisted straps. As I leaned over, Grace had full view down...

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Risk Taker

Posted by on Nov 2, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Giggles and Grace | 0 comments

Today’s Giggle and Grace story comes from a sweet lady at my church named Ann. Ann is a grandmother. Before coming to church one Wednesday night, Ann took her two grandsons, Tyler and Andrew, to eat at McDonald’s. Ann and the boys got their food and sat down to eat, when Andrew noticed a little girl standing with her family waiting to get their order. Andrew grinned at her from ear to ear, and she returned the smile. When the family got their food, they chose a seat across the restaurant. Ann noticed that Andrew continued making eye contact and smiling at the little girl. Finally, she asked him, “Do you know that little girl?” Andrew nodded his head with a grin. “Yep. She’s in my class! Her name is Abby.” About that time, Andrew looked across the restaurant...

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Just Following Orders

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

Have you ever read the popular children’s series Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish? In the books, Amelia constantly finds herself in some strange predicaments as a result of her not understanding certain figures of speech. She takes everything literally. For instance, when her employer asked her to prune the hedges, she took actual prunes and stuck them all over the branches of the bushes. As a parent, I often feel like I live with Amelia Bedelia. We must be careful what we say. Your comment of, “Aunt Gail was tickled pink,” will be followed by lots of confusion. “I didn’t see anyone tickle Aunt Gail. Why do you think she looks pink?” When my daughter Grace was three, we were eating dinner at a local restaurant. She asked if she could have ice cream for dessert. My husband and...

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Rules on Rocks

Posted by on Sep 26, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Giggles and Grace | 0 comments

When my daughter Grace was in kindergarten, I picked her up from school one day and asked how her day had been. It was picture day, so I asked if lots of girls wore pretty dresses. Grace took a deep breath and said, “Well, some of them did. Adrianna had a pretty dress with squares and lines, and she wore cowgirl boots. And her hair went like this way and this way (she gestured to her head) and it was brushed so smooth you wouldn’t believe it.” I gave the appropriate oohs and ahhs, when Grace said, “Mama, on Sunday at church they talked about Moses and God and how God wrote rules on rocks. And one of those rules was not to be thinking about what somebody else has and be wanting it. But, Mama!! That is sooooooo...

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Don’t Cross the Line

Posted by on Aug 29, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Giggles and Grace | 0 comments

When I was young, I remember my mother telling my brother and I, “I just wish you two would get along.” We were constantly picking at each other and argued about everything. Now that I’m the parent of three strong-willed, opinionated children, I would like to offer my mother a formal apology. I am sorry. I would like to get you a Diet Coke, some chocolate, and a foot rub for putting up with me. There are days I feel the need to wear a black and white striped top because all I do is referee. One of those days, I was cooking dinner when the youngest, Grace, stomped up and waited for me to notice her and the scowl across her face. I took a deep breath and jumped in. “What’s wrong, Grace?” “Faith won’t give me any...

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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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