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I Am with You

Posted by on Oct 14, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

Recently I’ve said final good-byes to too many dear friends. Some separations I anticipated after difficult illnesses. Others left quite suddenly. In each one the same words, “with Jesus,” announced the home-going. I’ve contemplated those two words, running them over the empty place left behind and pondering on the exquisite going forward they promise. Few words offer such comfort and hope. For surely, tragic as it is to be separated from this earth, to be with Jesus is far better. With is a powerful thing. “Come with me,” she tugged at my hand. I looked down at her upturned face, ski-jump nose and pig tails. “Pleeeease.” We walked together, her hand safe in mine. I reached to get the balloon she could have easily gotten on her own and bent down to wrap its string around her wrist. Her...

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Cutting Your Husband’s Food and Other Friendly Tasks

Posted by on Sep 11, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 2 comments

So, I cut his roast chicken. Into little square edibles. When I looked up, he wore a puzzled expression, a little worried but seriously amused. I drew my eyes back down to where mangled bits of poultry lay in a pile on my husband’s plate. “Hmmm,” he commented. “Maybe you need a day off.” It’s crazy the things you don’t anticipate when you begin a family. All the forewarned preparation in the world can’t compensate for being a 24/7 life support system, nor turn a body into an angel after three tortuous days without sleep. New baby transition isn’t always a stroller in the park. Husband and wife relationships stretch like rubber bands, thin and far apart, then snap together again. In the foggy mist of baby-lag, the next thing you know, you’ve cut your husband’s chicken for him....

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The Source of Our Value and Worth

Posted by on Aug 26, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, No Greater Joy | 0 comments

We’ve all been there. Our young daughter is heartbroken because someone at school called her a hurtful name. Or our sports-breathing son didn’t make the basketball team. Maybe someone laughed at our middle-schooler’s choice of clothing or our high schooler received a rejection letter from the college of their dreams. Each day, our children face times of intense struggle over their sense of value and self-worth. From the kindergarten days through adulthood they are hit with countless ideas and opinions concerning how they measure up to ever-changing standards. This is why it’s vital for us to remind our precious ones of the true source of their worth and value—for us to lay a foundation of unchanging truth on which they can build a life. Oh, how they need to know that God’s idea of our worth is vastly different...

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Not for Tot

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

In my young twenties I had a fun task; I was the movie critic for my university newspaper. I was a huge movie buff, so this was a dream job. A job that required I watch all the mainline movies in the theaters had its lows and highs. Just as one strolling through an art museum has the potential of exposure to breath-taking masterpieces, there is also the prospect of being left scratching their head trying to determine how anyone could determine a piece was worth the cost of the picture frame. I recall one such low-brow movie. It was extremely violent with over-the-top tawdry action and it was just plain dumb. The body count was close to a death a minute for all ninety-seven minutes. I knew the genre, based on its rating and trailers but it dwindled...

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The Teaching of Kindness

Posted by on Aug 14, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 5 comments

The kitchen looked like a war zone because it had been. I stopped inside the doorway, my baby astride my hip, while I took in the collateral damage. I’d only left a few minutes earlier to pick up the crying baby from his nap, but in a few short diaper-changing moments, all mayhem broke loose. Subterfuge, scurries, and whispers halted. A silence aptly defined as “pregnant” filled the room with expectancy. Three pairs of innocent blue eyes looked at me in bewilderment, as if the carrots had flown alone, misguided missiles from an unknown origin. Hands quieted in their laps. Only a twitch of the cheek and an under-the-table kick gave any indication of guilt. A green pea slowly rolled to the edge of the table and dropped to the floor. Oh, dear mamas, the author of the book...

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3 Easy Ways for Moms to Say, “I Love You”

Posted by on Jul 30, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, No Greater Joy | 0 comments

Showing love to our children comes naturally, right? Along with a warm hug and loving smile, “I love you” is easy to say. But while our children need verbal assurances, there are other powerful, yet subtle ways to shower our precious ones with love and tenderness. Here are three ways to wrap our children in unconditional love: Make eye contact and listen (Even when we’re busy) Yes, our schedules are hectic. And life may seem to be a swirling blur of appointments and activities. But magic happens when we carve a few minutes from each day to simply be still and listen to our loved ones. Conduct a simple experiment. The next time you’re busy making dinner and a child begins chattering about their day, cease moving and give face-to-face attention. If this isn’t a regular practice, our children...

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