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Essential

Posted by on Jun 11, 2020 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey, Uncategorized | 0 comments

“ Nooooo,” he screeched. He held tight to the penny. The little round copper hid inside a tightly closed pudgy fist. I caught him a moment before he tried to put it in his mouth, stuffing his entire slimy hand into the wide-open pit. He put out an all-body-twisted protest, the offending hand stretched behind him while his other pushed me away. “Miiine!” We were heading for full meltdown battle royale. Me, a grown-up woman, mother of four, against an almost two-year-old, and it didn’t look good for the older lady. I could feel the grip of frustration seizing my calm. “Give it to Mommy,” I said. “Noooo.” Because you see that penny, the one he desperately wanted to put in his mouth, suddenly had become essential. We hear so much today about essential. Essential jobs, essential workers, essential...

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Bless Bess!

Posted by on May 20, 2020 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

It was a sunny Thursday morning at the family cottage. My father, brothers, and I had arisen early to tackle a big job. Atop the boathouse was a cedar deck that was long overdue for replacement boards. Now, late in the morning, the rotted old boards were gone, and we were nailing in the new. The nails were long and the wood tough, so it was with considerable effort that we slammed down our hammers, including the one with which my father struck his thumb. For many, this event would unleash a list of words and phrases that would require asterisks (****) to reproduce here. But not with my dad. Nope, he mustered all his rage and cried out the vilest of his swear word vocabulary, “Bless Bess!” he screamed. I can’t recall ever hearing my father swear. Not...

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Walk with the Wise

Posted by on May 8, 2020 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

“She’s my friend,” my daughter said with a nod. “She doesn’t cheat.”   My head shot up.   “And some of your friends do?” I asked, thinking at least my six-year-old was on the right side of that conversation.   “Sometimes,” she said. Then she ran out of the room. A pinkballerina streak, while I stayed sitting on an unmade bed ticking through a list of her first grade friends trying to pair them up with cheating. It didn’t help. They all seemed so sweet.   Friends are important at every age. Helping our children choose them wisely has lasting effects.   The Apostle Paul instructed the church in Corinth, about the sway the company we keep has on our lives.   Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” 1 Cor. 15:33 (ESV)   The church, struggling with...

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Free Range Children

Posted by on Apr 15, 2020 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

We finally made it happen; a night out with my wife. Some call them “date nights,” my wife called them “get-me-out-of-the-house-before-I-break-something nights.” I arranged for a sitter for the children, we went to a show, and now we found ourselves at a nice table in a favorite restaurant. Then, as often happened, our special time-without-children was interrupted by the children of other patrons—parents who allow their children to run free in a restaurant. We had no problem with parents bringing their children to the restaurant. We often did the same, but letting them run free without supervision was a nuisance. Why had we gone to the expense of hiring a baby-sitter?   This scenario is an all too frequent reality and is a point of disagreement amongst our parenting peers. It’s tough sometimes because you have to parent differently...

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Unsettled Times Invites 2 Chronicles 7:13-14 for Children

Posted by on Mar 19, 2020 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 11 comments

I don’t know about you, momma, daddy, grandmama, and granddad, but the last few weeks have fogged my brain and tattered my thinking. If today could be superimposed like tracing paper over the outline of one week ago, we would all stare and wonder what happened to life as we knew it. If we put before and after pictures from two weeks ago side by side, we would think the scars of coronavirus unbelievable. Our global world has turned upside down in mere days. Normal has vanished and uncertainty weighs like a cloak. This is us today. It is foreign. It doesn’t fit well. It has fragmented our brains, scattered our focus, and impacted our families. Yet in the middle of all the upheaval, an unchanging Father calls us to root ourselves and our families in Him. Obedience is...

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Imitation an Open Book for All to See

Posted by on Feb 7, 2020 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 1 comment

“Stop it,” she shouted. “Just stop it.” Without turning toward the voice, I knew a copy-cat trooped behind our oldest daughter. Sure enough, a pip-squeak mimic echoed, “Stop it. Just stop it.” “Mom,” my six-year-old, hands on hips pleaded, “Make her stop, please? She keeps repeating everything I say.” Her younger sister sidled up next to us at the kitchen counter. She looked up at me, and a grin lighted her face. Her eyes rested on mine, then on her sister’s. The sparkle dimmed. Her expression grew confused, unsure, a little bewildered. Her wide smile dissolved. I saw an awareness register in our three-year-old’s eyes that she’d done something that wasn’t appreciated. In those big blue eyes lingered a baffled hint of hurt and a touch of perplexed rejection. She thought mimicking everything her sister said was funny. She...

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