Pray

Sometimes prayer feels like talking to the ceiling.  It can be therapeutic, sure.  There's something about saying my request out loud or at least getting it on paper that has its own value, apart from the chance an all-powerful Deity is listening in and wanting to answer with a "yes." But what if someone…

All Better

She wanted me to kiss all her dolls today.  "Mr. Bear has bump!" Then, "Me doll has bump, too!" I kissed faux fur and plastic cheeks, and they were all better.  What I really wanted was to kiss her little face, her wiggly front tooth that was knocked by some…

Moths & Rust

We own two couches.  One of them, a red and green plaid couch that almost looks fancy, David found in a dumpster about 9 years ago.  I was tired of it back when we first were married, tired of how it looked and also how it was starting to rip…

Concentrate

When I eat a piece of chocolate, even one of those small ones that comes in a box of 20, I make it last.  I take small bites, letting every piece melt in my mouth.  David tends to take huge mouthfuls.  He actually says he enjoys it more when there's…

Dedication

When we were brand new parents with a perfect little newborn, we stood in our church in Lansing, Michigan, and did what people do: we dedicated that sweet baby to God, and declared before our church family that we were going to do our level best to raise that baby…

Crazy days

  These are the crazy days.  I write this with hope, in great anticipation of that someday when I'll look back and think: Ha!  That was nuts, wasn't it?  When this will be over, and I'll smile about it. What is this, exactly?  What shape is my crazy? It's being 6…

The thing about teamwork is…

So the thing about teamwork is, it really is a group effort.  Every part is important.  If the team is two, the work is even more concentrated and the two efforts are each bigger to make up the collective whole. I'm thinking about teamwork in marriage right now, if that…
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