God sees!

We love to spend family vacation in Colorado. On our most recent trip, we did a 7-mile “moderate” hike—which took us 6 hours! Much of the hike followed next to a rushing mountain stream. We saw spacious meadows filled with wildflowers, butterflies, and hummingbirds. We lunched at a waterfall. It was almost magical! Then my…

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How long?

Mom asked the other night if anything could be done about her memory loss.  I told her no, that’s part of the disease (dementia), and that’s why she lives with us now.  She sighed and asked if we knew how long? How long till what?  Till she can no longer reason?  Till she can no…

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Musings from a coffee mug

I waited as the barista finished crafting my Wild Berry Mocha, looking around at the gift items on display in the coffee shop.  A cute mug caught my eye.  I stepped closer to read the message printed on it: “What’s the hardest part of parenting?  Without a doubt… It’s the kids.” I chuckled to myself,…

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“Mothering on Shaky Ground”

I listened to a podcast recently that said in 2020, we were “mothering on shaky ground.”  1 million women left the workforce last year.  For many of them, that was their only solution to the challenges brought on by the Coronavirus Pandemic, “lockdown” strategies, and subsequent school closures. Employees who could not work from home…

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“Mothering on Shaky Ground”

I listened to a podcast recently that said in 2020, we were “mothering on shaky ground.”  1 million women left the workforce last year.  For many of them, that was their only solution to the challenges brought on by the Coronavirus Pandemic, “lockdown” strategies, and subsequent school closures. Employees who could not work from home…

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He never lets go!

We celebrated Mom’s birthday this month.  I made some of her favorite foods—chicken and dressing casserole, mashed potatoes, garlic green beans, homemade cranberry sauce, and individual lava cakes.  She was quite pleased with the feast! When I saw her big smile as I set her dessert in front of her, I knew I needed to…

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Put a little love in your heart

I’ve seen two different extremes posted in social media about Valentine’s Day.  One friend posted that it’s Valentine’s Month—her favorite month.  Another posted a picture of a beverage called “Hater-Ade” for all the anti-valentine folks.  I once heard a guy cynically refer to Valentine’s Day as “National Florist’s Day.” Love it or hate it—Valentine’s Day…

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Jesus Remains

A friend sent this poem/prayer this week (Author Unknown, slightly edited): “Long after the angels disappear into the heavens, the shepherds return to their flocks, the magi journey home, and the great star sets, JESUS remains. The Child in whom we rediscover God’s great love for us becomes the Adult REDEEMER. May we allow the…

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Little Things and Christmas Cheer

I pulled into the parking lot of the third store that morning.  Who knew how hard it would be to find some little ornaments to go with the Christmas presents I had gotten for my staff?!  I just wanted a “sweet little something” for each of them.  And I had struck out twice already… I…

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Vote!

I plan to vote on Election Day.  I’ve heard some people say they’re still not sure how they’re going to vote. Some folks aren’t certain if they’re going to vote at all.  But I have friends who have already voted. My vote is a stewardship.  I have this one vote to cast, to use in…

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