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October 8, 2019

Our little bodies bounced back and forth in the church pews as we belted in unison, “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy, down in my heart.” Turning toward one another, we would loudly yell, “where?” as a silly break before the song continued…” “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy, down in my heart… down in my heart to stay…”  We sang it loudly because we...

August 21, 2019

Breakfast will forever hold a special place in my heart. I don’t always have time to sit down and eat a hearty meal, but oh the thoughts of what could be... eggs and bacon, pancakes and syrup, sausage and hash browns. A cold slice of pizza or some leftover Chinese food. I don’t care. It’s all delicious! Top any of it off with a cup of black coffee...

June 18, 2019

It couldn’t be! I had to be hearing him wrong. I readjusted myself in the chair to listen more intently, but then, he said it again… “yup, you’ve got a cavity.” My little heart sank. “Actually,” he continued, “I hate to say it, but you have two.” I was astounded. I denounced it in my head, but I guess there was a first time for everything. If this...

April 20, 2019

I have a wonderful big sister. Growing up, I always relied on her; probably a lot more than she even knew. I was shy and quiet- she was brave and outgoing. I was unsure and wary- she was confident and independent. Of course, at some point I grew up to find my own tenacity and I look back and laugh at how often I waited to see her do something befor...

March 21, 2019

I’ve always been a bit of an early riser. That’s not to say I won’t turn over and go back to sleep when the opportunity presents itself, but I typically prefer to get moving in the young hours of the morning. I get it from my Father! For years, my eyes have opened at the same time every day; weekdays, workdays, weekends; I haven’t relied on an alar...

March 13, 2019

We gathered in the “common room” on a rainy Friday night- a perfect opportunity to stay in and watch a movie. There were a lot of us (and you can’t expect a large group of friends to sit quietly), so our conversation quickly drowned out the film. We found ourselves chatting and laughing about a number of things, but we managed to arrive at the topi...

March 7, 2019

It became a running joke for one of my parents to always hear, “don’t forget to turn the lights off when you leave.” You see, growing up, they were always in positions of leadership in our church; whether it be as Deacon, Trustee, Sunday School Teacher or Superintendent. When the service was over and the last doughnut crumb disappeared from the cof...

February 7, 2019

Paddle boats always seem like a lot more fun when you’re watching someone else on them! There we stood on the dock, watching others paddle around; their laughter echoing from every corner of the lake. Our church was holding its annual summer picnic at the park- fun and fellowship for the whole congregation. My good friend and I waited for the lifeg...

December 18, 2018

There’s nothing wrong with the customs of Christmas! There’s nothing heinous about braving the stores or browsing on Amazon; nothing corrupt about the wrapping paper, bows, gift tags and bags that will be purchased, used, torn to shreds and disposed of, all in the name of exchanging gifts. There’s nothing wicked about the lore of a jolly, overweigh...

November 22, 2018

It was like something out of a war movie- thousands of voices screaming and hollering. Drums pounded in rhythm to the march of countless feet. Trumpets blared, boisterously announcing the army’s arrival. Onlookers watched as a sea of matching uniforms passed by, blending in to create a number too great to count. From around the corner, a mass of wo...

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