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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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Elf-tastrophe!

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 Complaints of Christmas

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

It is mid-November and I already hear Christmas music in the stores. There are Christmas decorations on my street. I have Christmas special events on my calendar already. And last Sunday morning, as my family gathered in church, I heard the complaints of Christmas. I love Christmas for many reasons. I loathe winter so Christmas is a bright spot. For years, Christmas has been an opportunity for my family to use our talents. We used to produce an annual Living Christmas Tree and arrange the church Christmas Eve service. I like the music. I like the lights. I like giving gifts. And I like the global party because the majority of the world celebrates Christmas in some way. Above all, I love the reverence many of us give to the birth of Jesus. However, it can be a hectic...

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Teaching Our Kids to Honor God

Posted by on Nov 11, 2016 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Mom Voice | 0 comments

My grandsons came for a sleepover recently. I served their favorite breakfast—chocolate chip pancakes. Before they dug into their food, I said, “Let’s pray, boys. Let’s thank Jesus for our food.” The threesome immediately quieted their voices, folded their hands, and closed their eyes. Their respect for the Lord and for spiritual matters warmed my heart. When their dad was the same age as they are now, I prayed that he and his two younger sisters would develop a healthy respect for God. I believed that everything of significance in their lives would fall into place if they honored Him above all else. I knew this heart attitude would influence every decision, every action, and every word spoken. Ultimately it would lay a strong foundation of wisdom—an all-important key to living well. And as their mom, I naturally wanted...

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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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