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Sharing with the Chickens

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Parenting Perspectives | 0 comments

My husband often takes the children with him to the chicken coop. They love to come back into the house with their baskets full of freshly laid eggs. Recently he took three-year-old Elisabeth with him. When he can back into the house he was alone. “Where is Elisabeth?” I asked. “She’s out there with the chickens.” “What? You left our three-year-old outside in the chicken coop? Some of those chickens are as big as she is!” “Just look out the window,” he said. I walked to the kitchen sink and looked out the window. There was Elisabeth sitting on top of one of the coops. All the chickens were gathered around her as if she were the queen. “What’s she doing?” I asked. Hubby grinned. “Well, she took a cup full of sandwich cookies with her. She didn’t want...

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Game Time

Posted by on Apr 21, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Parenting Perspectives | 0 comments

Working at my desk, I have a good view of the pecan trees in the front yard. This morning four cardinals played together. They went from tree to tree chasing each other. Occasionally one pecked at the one closest to it. Another time, one flew to a different tree as if hiding and taunting the others to come find it. However, it wasn’t long before it rejoined the others. I watched their little game and smiled. This could have easily been four children playing together. And, I think there were lessons for all of us in watching not only what they were doing but also how they played. Doing things with others is always fun. One bird could have just sat in a tree and then flown from one to the other. But adding friends made it more fun...

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You Have a Special Place in the Family

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Parenting Perspectives | 0 comments

Underneath the picture wall in our hall sits a long table. On the table I have additional pictures and I enjoy them every time I walk to my office. Recently I noticed the pictures on the table facing the wall. I turned them around and the next time I passed, they were again facing the wall. I wasn’t sure what was going on until I caught our three-year-old in the act of turning the pictures to the wall. “Why do you turn all the pictures around?” I asked. “Because I like them like that,” she said matter-of-factly. “You don’t like looking at the faces in the pictures?” “Well, I like them but I want my picture up there.” “So if I put a picture of you in the group you will leave them facing out? “Uh-huh.” She nodded. “Put...

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Life, Sweet Life

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Parenting Perspectives | 0 comments

Our houseguests sat at the kitchen table catching up on email. Addi sat at the counter. She was singing at the top of her eight-year-old lungs while cutting soda cans in two and taping them around the top to create pencil holders. Her seven-year-old brother, Liam, had a new remote control car and it raced around the kitchen island, through the chairs that our guests sat in, made a loop in the family room and finally crashed into the bookcase. Liam righted the car and began the loop again. And I sat in the middle of it all, writing. What’s it like at your house? To me, the house guests at the table let me know that I have good friends. I love having them visit. Addi‘s sweet praises at the counter kept me focused on what mattered. Liam’s...

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Singing Over You

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Parenting Perspectives | 0 comments

“Wait. Wait. No.” Three-year-old Elizabeth held up her hand. Never one to go down for a nap willingly, this appeared to be just another stall tactic. I walked over to give her a kiss as my husband held her firmly. “Sleep well,” I said, “so we can play when you get up.” “No.” Elizabeth reached out and grabbed my hand. “I want you. Come sing to me.” Our naptime and bedtime ritual for months had included me sitting beside Elizabeth, holding her hand, and singing praise songs while she fell asleep. It never took long once I took her soft, little hand in mine until she was sound asleep. Occasionally she sang with me for a song or two but it wasn’t long before her eyes became heavy and she drifted off. Did I ever wish she would just...

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What’s in Your Back Pocket?

Posted by on Nov 17, 2016 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Parenting Perspectives | 0 comments

As a means of outreach, our church often hosts events to bring Jesus into our community. On one such occasion, we hired a popular Christian band, sent up chairs in our parking lot, and invited the entire community to join us. Our family packed the car with lawn chairs in case they were needed and headed out the door. The last in line, I noticed drumsticks sticking out of my 10-year-old son’s pocket. “Son, why don’t you leave your drumsticks at home? You might drop one and lose it or they could poke someone as you walked by. Can’t they just stay at home?” Our son was an avid drummer and constantly drummed with his fingers, his sticks, a pencil, or anything that was nearby. “Mom,” he said very seriously, “what if the drummer gets sick? I would be...

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