Tag Archives: Family

Stand in Awe of God’s Yes

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In the three weeks between Memorial Day and June 8th we celebrated a college graduation, an important medical school milestone, the birth of a baby, and a wedding. The busy days surrounding this convergence of major life events featured a vehicle clogged driveway, re-inhabited bedrooms, and a large and lively crowd … Continue reading

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Give the Gift of Relationship this Christmas

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Are you wondering what to give your loved ones (who don’t need anything) for Christmas?  I have an idea for you! Invest in your relationships this Christmas. Christmas gift giving in my extended family has morphed from all of us exchanging gifts with each other (very fun … Continue reading

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Under a Canopy on Memorial Day

Memorial Day is our opportunity to remember, honor and thank those who have given their lives in the service of this country.   Culturally, it has also become a nice long early summer weekend to be enjoyed while lining streets for small … Continue reading

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I was going to write a blog post, but…

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I was going to write a blog post, but… Both of our sons unexpectedly showed up on Friday night.  Saturday morning, therefore, was happily spent around the kitchen table while Dan sautéed bacon, onions and vegetables for the frittata that would be our brunch.  Yum. … Continue reading

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Forward Looking Hope

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My family lost a loved one this week.  Wednesday’s funeral service for my Uncle Carl was a lovely tribute to his well-lived life, and the lunch that followed was an opportunity to share hugs, tears and laughter with aunts, uncles, and cousins.  It … Continue reading

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The Gift of Memories

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My family experienced a gift of memories this weekend. The occasion was the celebration of my mom’s 80th birthday.  In preparation for our party, (which involved lobsters, clam chowder and lots of laughs) all of her children, her sons and daughters-in-law, and grandchildren emailed a … Continue reading

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Mamas, Dramas, and Leaving the Nest

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The act of leaving the nest is a bit traumatic for everyone involved. I had the opportunity to observe the process in microcosm one summer when a Robin family built a nest between a light and a down spout on our back yard deck.  Baby birds … Continue reading

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Launching, Living and Landing

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Some days I feel like I’m living in a transportation hub, like an airport, with family members in various life stages launching and landing all around me. When I travel (literally, not metaphorically), I board a plane at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.  It is a busy … Continue reading

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The Stuff of Life

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Have you ever looked up the word “stuff” in a dictionary?  It’s quite entertaining.  The Merriam-Webster Dictionary includes the following definitions, among others, of that which is by definition general and undefined:  materials, supplies, or equipment used in various activities  an unspecified material substance or aggregate … Continue reading

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Meeting God in Family Stories

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If you were to write a story about your life, what would be its message?  What would you want your great-great-grandchildren to be able to read about you in a hundred years or so? I was thinking about this as … Continue reading

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