Do I Speak Stress or Jesus?

  “You jerk!”   When Kristen yelled those words at her dad, he and I both gasped. Rick looked at me, wide-eyed, as if to say, Where did that come from? Heat crept up my neck. My face burned.   I knew exactly where that came from. Me.   Jerk.   It was my word. …

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A Few Lines in a Journal

The times, they are stressful.   Last week, my husband was out of town. Not a big deal, except that Kristen had constant pain from her dental visit. This worried me because she held her jaw, acted extremely grumpy (code for she screamed and yelled), and told me she felt fine (code for it really …

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Finding Common Ground in the Dentist Office

When they came into the waiting room, I summed up our differences quicker than our likenesses. She was tall and willowy, a single mom, brunette, all business. Her son's special need diagnosis was known to be "happy" and "sociable," and sure enough, he sat in the chair right next to me, listening to his iPod …

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How accessible is God?

I read something the other day and I couldn't get it out of my mind. Not because it was cute or witty. But because it was a contrast to the truth. It went like this:  "The thing that the king asks is difficult, and no one can show it to the king except the gods, …

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A Loving Legacy

We had a party at my house recently. It marked a very significant birthday for my wonderful mom. My brother and I honored her by gathering all the family to celebrate.   And when I say all the family, I’m talking close to 50 people. They came from many miles away, traveling hours in order to …

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Great book, plus a giveaway!

By Teresa on Sep 23, 2016 02:05 pm There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all. —Jacqueline Kennedy Read a good book lately? I’m always coming across good books. I’m no longer a school librarian, so my books are usually of the 14+ age, and are either …

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Stormy Waters

Decades ago, my grandma painted a haunting scene in beautiful shades of grays and blues. The drama on the canvas has always fascinated me. Against a backdrop of gauzy mountains, there are three figures in a small boat, buffeted and tossed by white-capped waves. Their desperation is palpable. They're suspended in mid-motion, no easy resolution …

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Eye rolls, humble pie, and Jesus

My husband and I have a running joke. Every time we say something with absolute certainty, the other will say, “Um, yeah, just like cars are made for four, right?”   Because we are those people. Those obnoxious, know-it-all, self-assured people who told everyone, “Yep, two kids for us and we're done. One kid, one …

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