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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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Living Water

Posted by on Nov 15, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Giggles and Grace | 0 comments

For years, I sat at the kitchen table to have my morning quiet time with the Lord. I would sit down and read my Bible after I fed my kids breakfast and got them playing or took them to school. One day as I read at the table, Grace, who was three at the time, came dancing around the table and behind me. I possess the special mom skill where I can listen for signs of distress but tune out the sound of chatter and singing. Grace danced and sang as she meandered all around the kitchen. She stopped at the fridge and played with the magnet letters for a minute before dancing on towards me again. Her songs were a pleasant background music for my reading. My little girl disappeared behind my chair standing between me and the...

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Just Be Little

Posted by on Oct 18, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Giggles and Grace | 1 comment

I have two daughters and a son. All three of my kids have always loved dressing up in costumes. My son, who is now seventeen, spent many an afternoon as a little boy in full Peter Pan costume climbing trees in our yard. He has been an army man in head-to-toe camouflage, a pirate, Robinhood, a cowboy and a knight. The girls, on the other hand, have always loved to be some sort of princess. While Faith preferred Snow White or Jasmine, Grace always loved Cinderella. One afternoon when Grace got out of the bathtub, she begged for me to make her Cinderella. We dug through the toy box to find her blue princess dress. After a thorough search, we located both of Cinderella’s light-up slippers, her crown, her wand, white gloves and even a black ribbon choker necklace...

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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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