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The Art of Sitting Down

Posted by on Aug 7, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Giggles and Grace | 0 comments

Marybeth picked up her two boys from school and listened as they told about their day. Her concern grew as her eleven-year-old, Andrew, shared about a boy who was being unkind to him day after day. Nothing upsets a mama more than a bully. Andrew’s gentle nature and kind heart made him an easy prey for mean boys. His mama listened, and then told him that he needed to stand up for himself. “You can still be kind, but also stand up for yourself,” she explained to him. As she talked to Andrew about ways he could take a stand, her eight-year-old, Zane, piped up in the back seat. Zane, while younger, was full of personality and spunk. When he asked to speak, Marybeth thought perhaps he could share some kid wisdom for his older brother. Zane’s curly head...

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Does God Hear Me?

Posted by on Jul 11, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Giggles and Grace | 0 comments

“Mama, I was afraid I was going to have bad dreams last night so I prayed to God.” My then five-year-old had my attention. I stopped folding laundry and turned to face her. “Before I asked Him to give me good dreams, I said, ‘God could you please help us sell our house? And could you please help Mary Ann to get better?’ And then I told Him, ‘And God, would You please let me have good dreams because sometimes I don’t feel like You even hear me.’” Grace went on to tell God she wanted to dream about living in Candyland or living in a unicorn land where you could ride a unicorn every day. I listened with tears in my eyes. I was touched she thought to pray for the sale of our home; she knew it...

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How Many Steps?

Posted by on Jun 21, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Giggles and Grace | 0 comments

Parents, have you ever noticed there is no hurrying kids. No matter how much you try to make their legs move faster, if they don’t feel like being in a rush, they are on cruise control. One day we were trying to get out the door for an appointment at the orthodontist for my older daughter Faith. But Grace, who was five at the time, could not be rushed. I tried to simplify things and give Grace specific instructions for getting ready. “Listen closely,” I told Grace. “Because I am going to give you instructions with lots of steps.” I proceeded to tell her to go to the potty, brush her teeth, put her pajamas in the dirty clothes basket, and to dress in the clothes I had placed on her bed. Grace gave me the thumbs up and...

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An Army of Me

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Giggles and Grace | 0 comments

At the end of the day, my patience wears thin, and I am weary. After taking care of three kids, one husband and one self, I just don’t have much left. So shower time can sometimes try my patience. One evening after supper, I sent my then seven-year-old daughter Grace ahead of me into the bathroom. “Get your clothes off, go to the restroom, and then get in the shower. The water is already on and is just the right temperature,” I told her. “Okay,” she grinned and galloped off on her imaginary horse, dragging her pajamas on the floor behind her. I finished wiping off the kitchen counters and made my way to my bathroom where I expected to find Grace already in the shower with her hair wet and ready to be washed. Instead, I found one...

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I’ve Been Praying

Posted by on Mar 27, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Giggles and Grace | 0 comments

My kids get super excited when we have any snow in the forecast. Okay, let me be honest. I get just as excited as them. Living a little north of Atlanta, we don’t see much of the white stuff. So when we do get snow, it’s a big deal. We rush out to the store to buy all the essentials – bread, milk, coffee, creamer, chocolate, and toilet paper. A few weeks back, we did get a nice dusting of snow. Just enough to look beautiful, but not enough to make a snowman. We were still excited nonetheless. As we checked both the window and the weather channel for signs of snow, I was reminded of a story from when Grace was four years old. As I drove to pre-school one January morning, Grace piped up from the backseat...

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Learning to Lose

Posted by on Jan 11, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Giggles and Grace | 0 comments

I pulled my van up next to the curb and one little bedraggled, second grader drug her book bag and long-ago-cast-off jacket into the car. “Hey sweet girl! How was your day?” Every afternoon begins the same. I ask the same three questions: -Did anything exciting happen today? -Did anything frustrating happen today? -Did anything funny happen today? But on this day, I didn’t get past question one. Excited brown eyes found mine in the rearview mirror. “Mama! Something very exciting happened today. I got nine laps on my pacer! I did it, Mama! I did it!” If you aren’t the parent of a young one, you may not be familiar with the PACER test in P.E. But it is an aerobic activity test where the kids run laps for an allotted amount of time. They are challenged to...

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