Weekly Column

Help in Disguise

It wasn’t particularly late when I pulled up in my yard. I stood outside a minute and looked at the star-studded sky, then climbed my front steps onto the porch. My husband had fallen asleep in his chair; all the lights were off and apparently Frank, our dog, had dozed off as well. I wasn’t […]

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Don’t Eat That! It’s Poisonous!

“Don’t eat that! It’s poisonous,” I yelled across the playground. “They aren’t poisonous,” the second-grade boy told me, “I eat them all the time. See,” and he popped a shelled acorn into his mouth. I stood there. Mouth gaping. I looked at one of my coworkers, “My mother has lied to me all these years.” […]

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Red Sky in Morning

“Ooh, Mama. Look at that pink sky,” my youngest pointed as we drove to school. “It’s so pretty.” Immediately I was taken back to a conversation with my husband over a decade ago. “The sky is absolutely gorgeous this morning,” I told him, “I think I’m going to leave the top to my Jeep under […]

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I Was Glad He Broke His Leg

Each year when I taught elementary school there was that one kid. The one who made my life as a teacher extra hard. The one who challenged everything I did. The one that pushed all my buttons and made my hair turn gray. For discussion’s sake, I will call him Clyde. Clyde was known for […]

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The Land of What Ifs

“No, stop right there. We aren’t even going there,” my husband stopped my youngest in midsentence. “Well, why not?” “Because that’s not real. You are living in the land of What Ifs. We need to live in the land of What Is.” This is a regular conversation at our house. Our kids come up with […]

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Signs

The first day of my freshman year had to be the scariest first day of my life. I had such fears of rambling around a new school and being late to every class. Even though I had the advantage of attending band camp and having an upperclassman show me around campus on a break, I […]

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Made New

Five years ago, my husband and I spent eight months carefully tearing down an old church building, trying to salvage all the usable wood for our future home. That eight-month stretch was one of the hardest times in the life of our family. Along with trying to tear down the building, our five-month-old caught RSV, […]

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No, Thank You

“No, thank you,” I replied. What I really wanted to say was, “Yes, please. A giant serving with chocolate drizzled on top. And while you’re at it, send some home with me to eat later because I will want to have a taste before bed.” Earlier that day at the grocery store, tears formed in […]

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Keep the Path Clear

I mowed the path around our field and asked myself, “Why am I doing this? We hardly ever walk around the field anymore. Why am I wasting my effort?” Soon after, I recognized the height of the grass to either side of my trail. It was taller than the mower and there was no way […]

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Careful, Not Fearful

We had a large event planned at church this weekend. Excitedly we prepped and prayed in anticipation of being together. But a day before the event, news of a spike in local Coronavirus cases caused concern. Then many who would be in attendance reported being exposed to others who now had it and many more […]

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