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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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Unexpected Encouragement

Posted by on May 16, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Giggles and Grace | 0 comments

When you’re a mom, it seems you always have a child in tow. Moms are experts at grocery shopping, renewing car tags, buying birthday gifts, or even going to personal doctor’s appointments with a child tagging along. As I was preparing for an upcoming yearly physical, I had to visit the lab a week early to have blood drawn. When I arrived, the lab technician asked for a urine sample before drawing my blood. My daughter, Grace, who was four at the time, followed me into the restroom. After shutting the door behind us, I turned to tell Grace not to touch anything. “What you doin’ Mama,” she asked me. I told her I had to go potty in a cup, just like she does when she goes to the doctor. Grace was very familiar with going potty in...

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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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