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What’s Hiding?

Posted by on Sep 5, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

I walked around the room with a rubber duck in my hand. I laid it in plain sight on a shelf of the book case. It’s classic yellow face and orange bill pointed to the door where my daughter would skip through in a few seconds. I smiled in anticipation. “Heidi,” I called, “Come find the ducky.” Her eyes sparkled when she came into the room. They went straight to the bookcase where she had last placed the duck. Too young to be in a long hunt, but ripe for its excitement, she loved an easy game. A flicker of confusion puckered her brows. The bright yellow didn’t sit on the second shelf, left side. She turned to look at me. Two shelves above, dead center, the little fellow waited. All at once her eyes landed on him. “There...

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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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The Family Table

Posted by on Aug 25, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

“Growing up, I learned life’s important lessons at the dinner table.”—Chef John Besh I am not only a dad; I’m a university professor as well. One of the things we value at Kingswood is community. To perpetuate this, we often invite students to join us for a family meal. One of my fellow faculty members shared a heartbreaking story. A student had joined them for dinner. About halfway through the meal, the young girl began to weep. This, of course, confused her hosts. “What’s wrong?” they asked. “It’s just that this is so special,” she said. “It’s just meatloaf.” She continued, “I have never had a family meal like this. Our family didn’t eat meals together. Even on Christmas we served ourselves and sat around the den watching TV.  We never sat and talked like this. The only time...

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Scary Sirens and Simple Prayer

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 2 comments

Tiny bare feet pounded toward me. I understood the sound of her running like a mother knows the reason for her baby’s cry. She was frightened. I raised my head from where I bent over a cheese grater in one hand and chunk of cheddar in another, put both down, hastily wiped my hands on a towel in time to turn toward the little body that face-planted hard into my legs. Her arms encircled me knee high and held on tight. The pale face buried against me was squeezed into an eye-shut grimace. Bending over, with my hands under her armpits, I pulled her up into a tight embrace, and waited until the howling sirens outside our apartment passed. When my child was afraid, something in me melted. Perhaps it mirrored some of my own emotions, because I also...

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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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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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