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Till Kids Do Us Part

Posted by on Apr 4, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 3 comments

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” 1 Thess. 5:11; ESV. Okay, so it’s possible I don’t like her child. That friend who’s been a friend for as long as I can remember, the one who dried my tears after break ups and sad movies, the friend who knew my fiancé and I were engaged before we really were…that friend’s kid drives me crazy. In fact, my friend, as the mother of the child who drives me nuts, annoys me insanely as a mom. Play dates are awkward because of our children. We see everything differently. Our way of mothering, of thinking about things has suddenly moved oceans apart. We are divided in every way. Food, screen time, nap time, and school time. We even approached the birthing process as complete opposites....

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The Art of Talking Back

Posted by on Mar 21, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 3 comments

One of my daughters, might have had the advantage of most lawyers at age two. By the time she turned ten, she could befuddle my brain to the place where not only did I forget the point of my argument, I couldn’t even remember for which side I fought. As parents we did our best to refine this less-finer aspect of her character—the art of dispute. It was not easy.   The Apostle Paul, addressing the much bigger issue of Israel’s rejection and God’s justice, reminds his readers of our propensity to bicker and want our own way. “But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’” Romans 9:20 (NIV). “But you said if I cleaned my room, I could...

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Remember the Words

Posted by on Feb 22, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Giggles and Grace | 0 comments

Jennifer is the world’s best aunt. She loves spending time with her two nieces. They have pajama parties, watch movies, and run errands on a pretty regular basis. One afternoon, Jennifer was running errands with the girls, and two-year-old Livi Jo was really pushing the limits. As two-year-olds often do, she was not being very kind to others. Aunt Jen wanted to remind Livi Jo of a Bible verse that would help her make better choices. It was one Livi Jo heard many times, so Jennifer thought she would let Livi Jo help her say it. “What does the Bible say?” asked Jennifer. Then she proceeded to help her niece recite the verse, “Be ye…” “Kind!” Livi Jo piped in with the next word. “…one to…,” Jennifer prompted, and waited for Livi Jo to finish the verse. “…three, four!”...

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The Flower Boxes

Posted by on Feb 19, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

February is a big month for florists, and some will elevate their prices to take advantage of the captive market. If price determines value, a mid-February rose has more value than that of a May rose. This puts me in remembrance of an object lesson I witnessed as a twenty-year-old, one that I’ve never forgotten. It was (none of your business) years ago and I cannot recall the presenter, so I am unable to give credit. If you know, please tell me and I will attach credit.  For now, I am going to call him, “Martin.” Martin stood at the front of our church and, on some music stands, lined up a number of flower boxes. You may know exactly the type of boxes I am describing; the type in which a dozen roses would be delivered. They were...

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Traditions Matter

Posted by on Jan 29, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

Okay, I realize that Christmas has come and gone—but there are some important lessons we can learn from that season that we can carry throughout the next year. Every year when we strip down our Christmas tree, there are two ornaments that come and will not be placed back on the tree the following year. Their time on the tree was short because it was only placed there a few days earlier—on Christmas Day. It may seem a short life, but the ornaments will live again—because they are part of a Christmas tradition in our family. For much of our married life my wife and I have lived far from the rest of our family, and initially, as a couple, we had few traditions. My family always had Christmas stockings so we did the same.  We always attended a...

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Setting Goals No One Sees

Posted by on Jan 25, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

“I will not be where I am forever.” I spoke those words aloud into the sterile hospital room where I sat in semi-darkness. Monitor lights blinked, beeps sounded, and answers vanished. It’s nice when ah-ha moments are born out of inspiration and excitement, but sometimes such moments are birthed in deepest desperation and despair. Perhaps those are the most pivotal of them all. My daughter, once a vibrant twenty-six-year-old mother of two didn’t respond to my declaration into the quiet night. She couldn’t. Paralyzed by a mysterious brain stem lesion, her ability to walk, talk, and move had been stripped months ago. Postponing death while praying for life took all who loved her through an endless tunnel of blind corners, cruel and disheartening. At each turn the road seemed blacker than the one behind. Hope like a reoccurring mirage...

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