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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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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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