“B” for Blessed

When my phone chimed instead of whistling I knew I needed to check my messages.  It was probably just football news but when you know the sound is a teenager you double check.  After all, that’s why you assign them their own ringtone.  You never know when it could be an emergency. When the message started with “Mom you won’t believe it…,” my heart sank.  I took a deep breath.  This probably wasn’t an update on his beleaguered Eagles football team.  I prepared myself for whatever shocker he had. “My

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Either Way

She snuck up behind me in line at Starbucks.  It wasn’t until I turned around that I realized it was a longtime friend and fellow tennis mom.  I was surprised three days before the Presidential election to see her any place other than canvassing neighborhoods.  This fall she’s been a faithful volunteer for the Democratic Party working hard to get the vote out.  Since politics doesn’t come up at tennis I’d never realized she was so involved locally. Usually we talk about our kids but today I had to ask

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Stay Out of It

He startled me with his comment.  It was dark so I hadn’t seen his face turn toward me before he spoke. “I’ll be glad when it’s over,” he announced. “School?” I asked since that’s where we were headed. “No the election,” he said. “Yeah me too—why what’s bothering you? “The kids that I sit with in art keep having debates. They get totally out of hand.” “Are you staying out of it?” I asked. “Oh yeah I know better. I told them they should stop debating and start creating.  That’s

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Pygmy Marmosets & Flying Pigs

10-11-12 —A once in a lifetime birthday for me! Ten is my favorite number because I associate it with God’s perfect order and the way He completes things.  Eleven is my lucky number because so many good things have happened in my life on the 11th.  Twelve speaks to me of God’s elective purposes—the way nothing can thwart His plans for me. All great thoughts for me today especially when I hadn’t noticed how the numbers would roll out this year until I turned the page on my calendar. Then

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Where There’s Smoke….

It was one of those mornings that your mother warns you about.  I’d left to take Chase to school wearing my pajamas which insured there’d be trouble.  Fortunately, I didn’t have an accident but when I got home and heard air raid sirens going off I thought maybe I was waking up from a bad dream.  I scanned the neighborhood and didn’t see anything out of the ordinary so I headed inside to get another cup of coffee.  That’s when I discovered the noise pollution was coming from my house.

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Birdseed Faith

I came home and slumped into my favorite chair.  I needed a time-out before getting dinner ready.  The day had started off well but after the doctor called with my biopsy results I was having trouble keeping my spirits up. As it turns out the bruise-like rash on my face that comes and goes as mysteriously as the wind was something after all.  When I was expecting it was nothing but an irritation to be dealt with, I got the opposite news. Getting blood work done after the bad news

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Man’s Best Friend

He wakes me up the minute he hears a stir.  I can hear him before I feel his paw reach up and scratch my hand.  Sometimes I play dead just to frustrate him, but he always wins.  Like a babies waking cry pulls a mother from her slumber so it goes with Buddy.  No matter how much I want to sleep-in we both know he’s going to win this battle. As soon as my feet hit the floor his happy dance starts complete with a soundtrack of squeals.  Barely awake

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Judge Not

I was getting into my car with the chicken I’d bought for dinner when I spotted the penny on the asphalt buried by rainwater.  It was cold.  I got the shivers when I put it in my palm and it clanked against my ring.  The feeling of wanting to shake off the chill reminded me of the lady I’ve been thinking about all week.  A woman I’ve never yet she still weighed heavy on my heart. “Lord, would it have been any different if she’d bought chicken instead of steak?”

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So the Garden Goes

This is my garden and my son.  It’s a small one but he’s a tall one.  The garden stays where it’s planted but the boy is soon to be transplanted. I thought I was doing alright with this.  I’ve heard lots of good advice from friends and have plenty to keep me busy so it was easy to feel “intellectually” ready.  That was until I read the bulletin at church.  The Outreach Team posted a plea for help serving college kids dinner on Sunday nights.  The announcement said the campus

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Dream On

It looked to be the best night of his young life and everything was going smoothly.  We left after breakfast to make the four hour drive and arrived in Denver right before rush hour.  The BIG night had finally arrived—Aerosmith live in concert and we didn’t want to miss a thing. I’d promised Chase a couple years back if they ever came to the Mile High City I would take him and sure enough the Bad Boys from Boston finally headed our way.  When I bought the tickets he deemed

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