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Slow Down and Breathe

Posted by on Oct 27, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 2 comments

I leaned against the wall of the clothing store changing area and worked to stay upright and attentive. My older daughters had an “urgent” need for new jeans so I had promised a quick shopping trip after an already long school day and several hours of ball practice. The week had been a flurry of practices, out-of-town ballgames, and church youth activities—the typical whirlwind of (dis)organized chaos. So I sighed. And I leaned. The changing area was empty (other moms fortunate enough to be home starting dinner) so the girls grabbed adjacent rooms. I closed my eyes and waited for the fashion show. Until I heard a giggle. I looked, and there they were—just beneath the changing room curtains—three beautiful pairs of feet. Three pairs. Three dressing room stalls. Three places in life. Tiny baby feet—well, not so tiny....

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Autism Affects the Whole Family

Posted by on Oct 24, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

I met Katherine, Megan, and Nick several years ago, the day I became Megan’s voice teacher. Until that time, I’d never interacted with a family affected by autism. I gained fresh understanding as our second lesson began. Megan had brought her guitar so she could play a song she wrote. When she opened the case, however, she burst into tears. Her brother, Nick, is a runner. While he loves to ride in the car and do errands, the autistic teen also loves to take off before getting into the car. Megan had chased after him that morning and lugged him back to the car where he kicked and flailed in protest. Somewhat bruised herself, she didn’t notice the crack in the instrument until she opened the soft case in my presence. Tears overflowed. But as she explained what happened,...

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Finding Power for Parenting

Posted by on Oct 23, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

A single dad recently shared this fun story. While hunting for a newer, larger apartment in which to live, the daughter’s eyes were captivated by all of the brand new, stainless steel appliances. The potential apartment seemed to sparkle with all kinds of bells and whistles, and the garden tub in the master bedroom seemed to seal the deal. As the daughter’s eyes got bigger and bigger and danced with delight at the thought of having access to an outdoor swimming pool, she turned to her dad and proclaimed, “I will need the master bedroom and bath.” With a hint of surprise, her dad quickly asked, “And why is that?” She boldly responded, “Well, I have more stuff to put in the two closets and I’m sure I’ll enjoy it more.” Dad laughed as he said, “So, the fact...

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Children in Church?

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

My husband Curt and I had been at the church for a few months when a mom approached me after service. “I don’t know what to do. Jim Junior and his friend sat there playing hangman all through the sermon.” The boys were twelve, recent graduates of the junior church program. Evidently, Mrs. Miller felt a pastor’s wife, especially one with grandchildren, could solve her dilemma. I said, “Well, perhaps they’re just getting used to staying with the congregation.” She replied, “I made them leave their electronics behind, but they still managed to avoid paying attention. I need help to get my son in line.” “Let me talk to Curt and see what he says. We’ve encouraged parents on this issue before.” Thus began another round of sharing our perspective on guiding the next generation into the practice and...

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Matching Shirts

Posted by on Oct 11, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

“Daddy, wear your Dr. Pepper shirt today!” My twelve-year old son finds delight in father and son wearing matching t-shirts.  The last couple of years, we made several trips to Kohls and picked out identical pop culture shirts. Our wardrobe includes Mountain Dew, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, Boba Fett, and the Justice League. Unlike his older brother who never wanted our family to match clothes, Dawson finds joy and comfort in our dressing alike. Most weekends, I try and make sure that at least one of those days we wear one of our fun shirts. The Lord cares about what we wear.  However, the articles of clothing that impress him are not ones with Star Wars characters or soft drink logos.  The apostle Paul wrote to the Colossian church, Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with...

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Cherish the Challenges

Posted by on Oct 10, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 1 comment

Two simple words changed my life. “You’re pregnant.” At their announcement, I could hardly wait to tell the world. A new life was growing inside of me. That growth quickly left a mark. Once I get these first twelve weeks over with I’ll feel better. I’m so sick of feeling so sick. When that waned, I couldn’t wait to begin showing so others would notice it was more than a big appetite that cause my waistline to grow. As my pregnancy progressed, I couldn’t wait to meet them—and, of course, seeing my ankles again would be nice. Once I had my babies, I couldn’t wait to see their smiles. When they smiled, I couldn’t wait for them to sleep through the night. When will I hear their sweet voices call out “Mama” for me? Finally, they started walking. My...

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