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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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Pay it Forward

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

Have you ever thought about ways that you can be a blessing to other parents? Way back in 317 BC a poet named Menander wrote a comedy called “The Grouch” (translated from the Greek). A major element of the plot was the concept of “pay it forward.”  It was an idea Benjamin Franklin promoted as well (as per a letter discovered from 1784): “I do not pretend to give such a deed; I only lend it to you. When you […] meet with another honest Man in similar distress, you must pay me by lending this sum to him; enjoining him to discharge the debt by a like operation, when he shall be able, and shall meet with another opportunity. I hope it may thus go thro’ many hands, before it meets with a knave that will stop its...

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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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Writing the Christmas Letter

Posted by on Dec 16, 2016 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I love to get Christmas letters. I get them from people I care about, but with whom I’m not in close, regular contact. The letters fill me in on the important details that I need to know in order to pick up where things left off the next time I see that person. They tell me things like “my father died last August,” or “my daughter is expecting a baby,” or “we finally took that trip to China we’ve been dreaming about for years.” Getting such letters is one of the things I look forward to about the holidays.” As a boy I witnessed my parents writing and mailing an annual Christmas letter. Now that I am a parent I carry on the tradition. I consider it one of the responsibilities of maintaining a friendship. An annual letter is...

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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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