Christmas

Spitting Image

“She looks just like you!” That’s the usual, almost automatic response we give to any new parent holding their baby. Sometimes its only an unfounded nicety since most babies really look like, well…babies. But for our newest granddaughter its not just a nice thing to say when you first meet her. She looks like her […]

Sacred Pandemonium

It finally happened. After 37 Christmases with 3 children, their loves and our 7 grandkids I guess it was inevitable. In National Lampoon worthy fashion, this year the Christmas tree fell over. Now, to be accurate, we have two trees. The formal, pretty one we call “Mom’s tree” and the other is the “family tree”. […]

I Wouldn’t Go There!

It is a kind of red flag warning. Words meant to stop you from going where angels fear to tread. You are about to venture into an arena of conversation that will open a Pandora’s box of old pain and unleash a Kraken of ugly emotion. It’s like peeling the lid back on a can […]

Manger

I had no idea this is what I was made for. Holding a baby. Not just any baby either. The Baby. Seemed as ridiculous then as it does now. You see, I thought I was made for hay. Cow cud and donkey slobber were my specialty. Dirt and dung my norm. So I could never […]

They Opened Their Treasures

Packing up a house after living in it for 15-years is not for the faint of heart. How can anyone collect so much “stuff”? But in the midst of the tearing down and tossing away required for downsizing, Dianne and I have had the joyful experience of discovering hidden treasure. A book created and authored by our […]

A Living Nativity

It is a sign as sure as Santa on a sleigh or trimmed trees on display. I know Advent is almost here when I see so many churches advertising their special Christmas productions. Costumes, carols, and crèches transform sanctuaries into reruns of the Story behind all the stuff we call Christmas. Among the most frequent […]

Remember Your Journey

Boxes pile up, filling every room of this big beautiful house. So do memories. Fifteen years is a good bit of time to hunker down in one place. A lot of water has passed under this bridge. When we moved in, we were seven people from three generations. One generation left us over these years. Another […]

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