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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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Posted by on Dec 14, 2016 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Giggles and Grace | 0 comments

I didn’t mean to do it. It wasn’t purposeful. But when it all played out, I figured I would be okay. All the other moms were doing it. We got an elf. Well, if I’m being honest, it was two elves. That wasn’t on purpose either. In my growing up years, we had an elf in our Christmas decorations. I thought it was so cute. So when my husband and I married, my mom gave us a bunch of décor, including the elf, that first Christmas because we had none. A few years later (still before kids, mind you) my husband’s grandmother was over during the holidays and noticed the elf. She just so happened to have one just like it and wanted to give it to us so we’d have a pair. It seemed innocent enough. But then...

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The Biggest Gift

Posted by on Nov 8, 2016 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Giggles and Grace | 0 comments

“Mama,” Grace gushed as I helped change her out of her church clothes. “You know how I took my wallet to church today in my purse? Well, when they took up the offering, I gave my money – ALL of it! All of it, Mama!” My eyes immediately prickled as tears formed. I looked at my sweet girl and her big brown innocent eyes. I swallowed a lump and opened my mouth to tell my seven-year-old how proud I was of her decision. But before I could form the words, Grace followed with, “Yep! All. Nine. Pennies.” And my lump turned to a giggle. I tried biting my lip to keep it from escaping, but I couldn’t hold back a full-toothed smile. I giggled at the gift of “All. Nine. Pennies.” But I did know how important that small...

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Three Questions to Get Your Kids Talking

Posted by on Oct 28, 2016 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Giggles and Grace | 0 comments

I hummed to the radio as I inched my van forward, watching as a handful of kids walked to their vehicles. Some walked with purpose, smiles on their faces. Others couldn’t muster a smile and risk losing their “I’m too cool” status. Middle schoolers are a rare breed. Finally, my seventh grader made her way to the van and hopped in the front seat. She seemed pleasant, so I asked, “How was your day?” “Fine,” she shrugged her shoulders and situated the overstuffed book bag between her feet. “What did you do?” I hoped for more details. It was the first day after all. Did she have friends in her classes? Could she open her locker? Were her teachers nice? “Nothing really.” We pulled away from the school and she was content to sit quietly with not even a...

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