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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 | 0 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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The Batting Cage

Posted by on Jul 26, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

During my college days, my roommate and I took a break from our studies and headed to a local amusement facility. Part of their offerings was a batting cage. I had never been co-ordinated enough to make worthy contact between the bat and a ball, so I wasn’t too keen on entering the cage. After a number of laps in a go-cart, a round of mini-golf, and numerous sessions on some arcade games, my roommate said, “Let’s hit some baseballs.” Kent and I took turns entering the cage. He consistently connected with a satisfying crack. Me? Well, turns out Ben Afflect wasn’t the worst bat-man after all. I was! The machine almost pitched a no-hitter. As much as Kent was enjoying the cool breeze my bat was providing on this warm California evening, he was quick to ask, “Who...

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Without Apology

Posted by on Jul 8, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

I stood before my mini-version. Blonde hair curled at the shoulders, bright blue eyes sparkled, and a pleased smile lighted her face. Behind her on the wall splashed brilliant colors in what undoubtedly could hang as a Picasso in an art gallery, but instead it splashed all over my living room wall. She was that daughter, the one who could make me tear my hair out one minute and laugh until tears ran the next. She brought out in me a lot of emotions I’d never encountered before, some shameful and ridiculous. Her “Who? Me?” innocence radiated from wide eyes and poured into the silence like audible questions. While I stared at my wall, a battle raged Inside. One side desired a mommy temper tantrum to dwarf all others, and another told me to calmly sit her down in...

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Will You Accept?

Posted by on Jun 26, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Giggles and Grace | 0 comments

I had already put our youngest, Grace, to bed. She was four at the time. My husband was in our twelve-year-old’s room putting together a new desk chair for him. I walked in to check on the progress, and a few minutes later, my nine-year-old crossed the hall from her room to see if the chair was finished as well. In no time at all, my husband had us all cracking up. If I think back to that day and am honest, we probably were laughing a little too loud. Loud enough to disturb a four-year-old who was already in bed. So Grace came marching in with arms crossed and brows furrowed. She said, as if issuing a threat, “If somebody is having fun in here…” Alan quickly cut her off and shooed her back to bed. She scurried...

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