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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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Writing the Christmas Letter

Posted by on Dec 16, 2016 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I love to get Christmas letters. I get them from people I care about, but with whom I’m not in close, regular contact. The letters fill me in on the important details that I need to know in order to pick up where things left off the next time I see that person. They tell me things like “my father died last August,” or “my daughter is expecting a baby,” or “we finally took that trip to China we’ve been dreaming about for years.” Getting such letters is one of the things I look forward to about the holidays.” As a boy I witnessed my parents writing and mailing an annual Christmas letter. Now that I am a parent I carry on the tradition. I consider it one of the responsibilities of maintaining a friendship. An annual letter is...

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The Blessing Box

Posted by on Jul 15, 2016 in Blog, Bonus Days, Uncategorized | 2 comments

“I’m writing a note to God,” my three-year old announces proudly. She thoughtfully scribbles her message on a 3×5 card, then opens the hinged lid of our ”Blessing Box” and adds her note to the jumbled mess of index cards. It looks disorderly, even confusing, but to me it’s a beautiful mess. Each of those mismatched cards is a record of something important to us – a three-year old’s note to God, a list of things we’re thankful for, a prayer request and its subsequent answer. I wish I could say we are systematic in adding cards to our blessing box. I wish I could tell you how often we take it out and read its contents. But, alas, this busy mama is far less organized and consistent than I like to admit. Despite my unfulfilled great intentions, however,...

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