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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Labeled

Checking in at a conference these days is a like checking into an all-inclusive resort.  You get a map, schedule of activities, meal ticket, satisfaction survey, and all sorts of other information designed to help you enjoy your stay.  One of the items in your goodie bag is always the dreaded nametag.  For some, a nametag might feel just fine clipped onto their lapel but for me it feels like a five pound out of focus snapshot hanging from my chest.  Whether it’s a clip-on, pin-on, stick-on, or lanyard I hate what has now

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By The Book

The big news around our house this Mother’s Day is that it’s been a week now that Buddy Too our Miniature Schnauzer puppy has been sleeping in his crate.  When I first brought him home I attempted having him sleep alone but it lasted about five minutes.  His crying started and because I wanted my own sleep I caved in and he was in bed with me. At first he insisted on sleeping right next to my neck.  He was small and the weather was cold so I didn’t mind.  We kept each other

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A Window In Your Heart

There’s a song by Paul Simon called, “Graceland” that has been a favorite of mine for years.  It’s a funky little song on an equally funky CD that for some reason I love.  It came into my life right after my Grandmother died which was a very long time ago.  Like a lot of songs it’s one line in particular that caught my attention.  I can play it over and over and never get sick of it because it means so much to me.  The line is “Losing love is like a window in your

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