marriage looks like this

Marriage looks like a desperately needed, intertwined nap on a lazy, rainy afternoon and later chopping vegetables, side by side, for a favorite Soup Sunday recipe. Marriage looks like pulling boxes of pictures and albums out of storage and getting teary together, saying “Remember when they were all so little?” Marriage looks like praying on... Continue Reading →

humble and kind

“I love you, mom.” “Hmmm?” (A little louder) “I love you, mom.” “I love you too, honey, so very much.” I’d been deep in thought, listening to the song we were slowly dancing to. (The photo above is he with his new wife, September 14, 2019. Our mother/son dance was immediately prior.) I knew this... Continue Reading →

may his face shine upon you

Numbers 6 : 24 - 26 ESV   The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. Dear moms and dads, This blessing was first spoken from God to Moses. The... Continue Reading →

joy unspeakable joy

She gave me a wry grin and shook her head. "Is that getting old?" I asked. "Yes," she said, but her laughter told me she (sorta) liked my little comedy routine. Now that my daughter and husband (and most of us) are doing school and work at home, I say, "Drive safe!" and "See you... Continue Reading →

an ever-present help in times of trouble

My first overriding emotion was embarrassment. When I heard one say to the other, “It was a domestic dispute,” I felt the blood rush to my face. The emotion following immediately behind was anger. “No! You don’t understand. My dad has a brain tumor. He’d never hurt us or our mom!”  The kind paramedics looked... Continue Reading →

we’ve gotcha

The stout and stern, dark-haired judge scared the living heck out of us. She fired one question after another and the sweat beaded on Craig's head. The kind translator had warned us ahead of time not to look at herself, but to look only at the judge, when it was time for the translator to... Continue Reading →

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