Ever Present

Monday, when I flipped the calendar to the weeks’ schedule my heart skipped a beat but not with excitement over Valentine’s Day.  After being out of town, re-orienting to the needs at home had me feeling weary on the spot.  The week would start with high school visits to observe programs for Chase and end with his triennial IEP.  In English, this is Morse code for an “Individual Education Plan” built around results from more tests than an evil biology teacher would give. Chase is the one who deserves a word of encouragement

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A Penny Voice

Sometimes a penny presents a quandary.  As a rule, pennies in a fountain no matter how enticing they might be are off-limits.  They’re someone’s wish penny and I don’t want to interfere with destiny.  Pennies under a Salvation Army kettle are a good deed misplaced and the responsibility of the bell ringer.  A penny in front of a homeless man is a hard find. Tonight out walking downtown I spotted two pennies in front of a gentleman selling, “The Voice” Denver’s newspaper that creates job opportunities for the impoverished.  I’d

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Penny Mad

It had been building for days but after the New Year’s Day sermon on “Resolutions”, the dam broke. The message wasn’t about resolutions it was about not being hypocritical so I guess that was the tipping point. After walking out of church the minute we got in the car Luke announces, “Okay if we’re going to be honest it’s my turn.”  Like any mother of a teenager I prepared myself for some horrible admission.  Luke leads a pretty simple life so this was an overreaction on my part but we all know

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Resolutions

It’s New Year’s Day and I have to admit this year I’m thankful that nobody has asked me if I’ve made any resolutions.  I can only remember one year in my life where I actually made a list of resolutions. It was at church when one of the elders invited everyone to make a list and he would mail it to you in six months to remind you what you had resolved to do.   This way you could either celebrate your success or recommit to your effort.  The elder was a friend of

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Best Friends

Michael Elliott Bamford February 18, 1993 – December 11, 2010  By Luke Ledebur – In Mike’s Memory                                                                                                                             When I thought about what I wanted to say today about Mike it was hard to know where to start.  The Bible promises that when we hurt we can rely on the unforced rhythms of God’s grace.  This means something to me because what was so cool about my friendship with Mike was that it had a rhythm to it. Mike and I became friends when I moved into the house across the street from

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Game, Set, Huddle

I was all decked out in my jersey and after a tiring few days it was time for some football.  I’d read the scouting reports and felt very confident.  A Cowboy victory seemed certain but by half-time Sunday I was already lamenting my decision to stick with my boys because America’s team was flailing.  You see, I’m a struggling Cowboys fan and my loyalties in sports tend to be very fickle.  I’ve been known to change teams as often as I do shoes but for years now when it comes to football I’ve stuck

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Goldie

Her name is Goldie.  She’s the sweetest little thing with a personality that shimmers.  She’s energetic, bubbly, and very curious.  Yes, that’s right we have a new member of the family.  After some thought I took the plunge with a net into the tank and brought home a goldfish.  She’s not some common carnival prize type fish she’s a fancy orange fantailed goldfish who now lives in an overpriced vase I bought at the Colorado Mountain Fair. Goldie isn’t our first fish.  We started with Woody and Buzz when Luke was in kindergarten but Woody ate

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Cool Hand Luke

The headline read, “Cool Hand Luke”, but my sight was so blurred by the tears in my eyes I wasn’t sure I had read it right. It took Kleenex and coffee before I could read the story but the picture and the headline said it all.  Luke had won his second tournament of the summer and in just two weeks time his back to back wins and years of hard work were finally noticed by our small town paper. Luke’s won before but the newspaper finally caught up with a headline

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Penny Moments

It’s been a crazy few days around our house.  I knew it would be when the weekend started and ended with a three day tennis tournament.  Granted I’m not the player but every sports Mom knows supporting the athlete takes some effort.  There are schedules to coordinate, meals to be made, bags to be packed, and all sorts of details to be prepared for.  I don’t camp and I wasn’t a Boy Scout but I have adopted the motto “always be prepared” when it comes to a tournament.  If you don’t take a chair you

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You Know Uno

At the end of the summer when my son goes back to school he’ll no doubt be asked about what he did by his teachers and classmates.  If he has his way he’ll be able to report that he was the summer 2010 Uno Champion.  While his big brother is acquiring as many friends as possible on Facebook Chase is busy challenging everyone he can to a game of cards.  He’s figured out it’s a really fun way to spend time together and it is. Before the card craze started I had decided

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