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Make a Note to be Thankful

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

This past Mother’s Day we as a family invited those around us whom might feel a disconnect to join us for our special meal. By “disconnect” I mean those who would be separated from children or parents on Mother’s Day. As it turned out, our choice was my new supervisor and his wife. They have recently moved from Indiana and were separated from family. We had a nice lunch together blessed with laughter and camaraderie. A week later our mail contained a nice handwritten note: a thank you card.  My wife opened the envelope and read the contents.  It was a simply stated but obviously heartfelt expression of thankfulness. One of my sons commented, “A thank you note for lunch?” “Sure,” I said and gave him the card to read.  Then I asked, “How does that make you feel?”...

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Discipline Crashers

Posted by on Jul 11, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

The thought “I scream for ice-cream,” flashed through my brain as Amee, buckled securely in a restaurant high chair, defiantly wailed, “I want ice-cream.” And we the spoilsports, aka parents, stubbornly answered, “No.” A two-year-old about to skyrocket, Amee yanked at the plastic bib around her neck, flailed her arms, and kicked her legs. I picked up a small piece of ripped off hamburger with one hand and an equally innocuous piece of bun and held it out to her. “You need to eat some food first,” I insisted. Amee wanted none of it. Her lips pursed tight together and she shook her head away from the offending offer. No buzzing fake airplane doing loop-di-loops in the air above her head could land in that hangar. “Come on, Amee, just a bite,” her daddy coaxed. We broke down pieces...

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When Children Worry

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

My five-year-old grandson headed straight for my husband’s new digital camera. I scrambled out of my chair and grabbed it before he managed to reach it. Holding it tight I turned to frown at my husband. “You need to put this where it’s not going to get broken.” I chided. Nonplused he took it from me. “Here, let me show you how to handle a camera,” he grinned at our grandson and invited him close with an outstretched arm. My husband slipped the strap over our grandson’s blonde head and showed him what to touch, where to hold, and how to respect a delicate camera. I come from a long line of worriers. Fear restricted my family. My husband’s family learned how to manage unknowns so that competence and confidence replaced anxiety. I am always amazed at how different...

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The Value of a Good Father

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

Michael G. Moriarty, (The Perfect 10: The Blessings of Following God’s Commandments in a Post Modern World, p. 113) reports that: “Almost 75 percent of American children living in fatherless households will experience poverty before the age of eleven, compared to only twenty percent of those raised by two parents. Children living in homes where fathers are absent are far more likely to be expelled from or drop out of school, develop emotional or behavioral problems, commit suicide, and fall victim to child abuse or neglect. The males are also far more likely to become violent criminals. As a matter of fact, men who grew up without dads currently represent over seventy percent of the prison population serving long-term sentences.” Further statistics are staggering.  Numbers from the US Department of Health, US Department of Justice, and the Center for...

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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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Soak it Up

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

Soggy sand oozed between the ten little piggies of my son’s toes. A ragged edge of transparent water, clear and cold rippled toward where we stood. Justin screamed a delightful two-year-old mix of happy-scared. I scooped him up against me, his knees bent into my stomach. I watched the water foam up around my ankles, held his little person above the water, his high-pitched screams of delight were drowned by the immense voice of the sea. Then I plopped his feet back into the receding wave. Transparent water vanished into the sand. Justin, mesmerized, watched his toes wiggle and dig into the disappearing wetness. I looked out to the horizon of blue on blue. A long shore on either side embraced the ocean as it came and went. The spectacular view poured into my spirit like life giving drink...

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