Category Archives: Parenting

On Noticing and Resting – A Thank You to my Dad

  He’s 91 years old, but most wouldn’t believe it.  With the exception of faulty hearing and worn out knees, he still looks ready to head out to the field. His mind doesn’t miss a beat – it really never has. … Continue reading

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Thank You Notes

I love Jimmy Fallon’s Friday night ‘Thank You Notes.” I’m always amazed at how a comedian sees the world just a little bit differently than the rest of us. Debralyn’s knee deep in writing ‘Thank You Notes” now for shower … Continue reading

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On Bedbugs and Bowls. And Grace.

Here’s some interesting (sobering) facts about bedbugs. They can live up to a year without ‘feeding’. A female may lay up to 5 eggs a day. They can fit through a crevice thinner than a credit card. They inject a … Continue reading

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She’s Going to be a Bride for Real!

We have a saying in our family that goes like this – “Let’s pretend it happened for real!” I first heard that creative phrase waft up from the basement years ago after I heard a loud and sudden crash. Debralyn was playing ‘house’ with … Continue reading

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A Sweet Request

Her sweet request haunted me as I tried to fall asleep. “Mom, will you make my Indian dress soon?” I had nodded my head up and down on the outside, but on the inside, I knew my life was much … Continue reading

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Watching Them Fly

My dad and I have been talking about watching children leave the nest in recent days. He told me that when I headed off to Wheaton College, he was left with a broken heart. Perhaps that’s why he and my … Continue reading

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That Time of Year Again

MONDAY NIGHT – AUGUST 12 All her stuff is back in her dorm room at Moody. Well, not all her stuff. Just the stuff that she thinks she needs to live the life of a college senior. She acknowledged that … Continue reading

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