Enjoying Now What We Don’t Have Yet

This past week, Lindsey, our 11-year-old daughter, became the first child in our family and the first grandchild on either side to win a college scholarship. Her scholarship, presented at the fifth grade awards ceremony, was for reading. Earning it involved taking tests over various books of her choice, then accruing points depending on how […]

When Moms Get a Little Bit Desperate

My daughters Lindsey and Jessica have several hamsters (it’s a little hard to keep track of exactly how many, because two of the hamsters are breeding females and, well, they breed. Regularly). I could go into all the reasons why I think caring for hamsters benefits my girls, but the reason that’s relevant for today’s […]

Reading, Writing, ’Rithmetic…and Respect

When I picked Jessica up from school that day, I could tell that she was unhappy about something. “How was school today?” I asked. “Not good,” she said. “Well, mostly good. But there’s something I’m really not happy about.” Naturally, I asked, “What are you not happy about?” It turned out that Jessica’s class had […]

Why God’s Healing Is More Amazing Than You May Have Realized

If someone gave you a million dollars, what would you do with it? I posed this question to several friends and family members, and their answers included things like “pay off all my bills” (actually, this one was the one most often mentioned), donate to worthy organizations, buy a new car, take a vacation, and […]

In Memoriam

On Thursday, March 9, 2017, heaven became one precious saint richer. That was the morning my long-time, dear friend Victoria Kruse left behind the pain and suffering bound up in her body and went to meet Jesus face-to-face. Vicki had been diagnosed with ALS a few years before she died. At first, her symptoms seemed […]

When God Seems Too Slow

Last Sunday, along with much of the rest of America, my husband and I watched Super Bowl LI. Timmy watched occasionally, not because he cares about football, but because he wanted to be where Daddy and I were. So while Phil and I enjoyed the game, Timmy’s favorite part was the Skittles commercial, where he […]

Why Aren’t We Going Yet?

This past weekend, Timmy and I went to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to see Paw Patrol Live!.  We drove up on Friday and stayed overnight at a hotel, then got up the next morning to get ready to see the show. The only problem was, Timmy woke up early due to excitement, and we were therefore ready […]

When You Don’t Really Want to Obey

The other day, I said to Timmy, “I want you to get all your Play-Doh off the table.” He reluctantly but obediently walked toward the mess, so I left the room. I came back later to find his Play-Doh off the table, all right. It lay scattered on the floor next to where he had […]

Taking Things a Step Further

Guess what? I’m a great-grandmother! Yes, that’s right, at the age of only 45, I have become a great-grandmother. How, you ask, especially since you may know that my oldest child is only 13? It happened like this: Lindsey’s and Jessica’s hamsters (a boy and a girl) did, well, what hamsters do, and yesterday, Lindsey’s […]

What It Takes to Be a Good Mom

In high school and college, I auditioned for and was accepted into various choirs. I have a good voice, though there are plenty of people whose voices are better than mine. But one area in which I excel is my ability to hear when a singer is on pitch. Which, of course, means that I […]

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