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Giving and Receiving Care

Both accounts below come from Floris United Methodist Church’s Family Support Ministry, which helps parents and caregivers of those with special needs. Learn more about the Family Support Ministry. In my career I have the privilege of partnering with parents who have children with special health care needs. I am constantly amazed at how these parents manage to do so much with so little. One parent describes her life as being an ‘air traffic controller’ for her child’s needs. This mom must manage her child’s medical appointments, therapy and medications; ... Read More »

When Heaven Touches Earth

Over the holidays, our home was brimming with joy and laughter, a continuously messy kitchen sink and the rustle of wrappings. All of the chicks were back in the coop as I like to say, and it was heaven on earth! We had some family game nights, competitive family card games and even an adventure to an escape room in D.C. where we were forced to work together to unlock the clues (and the door) to our room. But last week, my youngest adult child packed up his car and drove ... Read More »

A Father’s Legacy

There are many things my Dad taught me that are practical—how to ride a bike, how to change a tire, how to play lacrosse, but it’s the character-building lessons that shaped me and made me who I am. There were many of those lessons: be a good steward, be generous, love your neighbor, take care of family, honor those who serve our country, be grateful for every day and be true to your word, but I think the most important lesson my Dad ever taught me was that God loves ... Read More »

The High of My Day

It started in college. A group of my friends and I ate dinner regularly in the dining hall together. We called them family dinners. We only lived a few rooms apart, but throughout the day we went our separate ways and had very different schedules so there was lots to share at dinnertime. It was my friend that came up with it. I think she saw it in a movie. We called it “High/Low/Flavor.” Basically, we went around the table and everyone shared the high part of their day, the ... Read More »

Our Neighborhood

As I watched Emily and Anna say good night to the girls who live across the street—neighbors who are more like cousins—I thought about next year. Sara will be settled into her new apartment and will begin her new job in Indianapolis. Emily and Jules will graduate in the spring, and who knows where life will take them. It is bittersweet. Twenty three years in this house; I haven’t lived anywhere that long and probably never will. One of the greatest gifts we gave our girls is our neighborhood. We ... Read More »

The Tough Part About Parenting

I overheard the conversation while I was in the middle of doing something else. My son was with a group of boys his age who all happen to be on different swim teams. As they compared their stats, it became obvious that my son was the slowest. One boy couldn’t believe my son’s time. “That’s so slow!” he said in amazement. He didn’t say it to be mean. He didn’t say it to make fun of my son, to his credit, I think he was genuinely shocked about my son’s ... Read More »

The Last Set of Training Wheels

My daughter is learning to ride a bike. As the last child in our family to learn how to ride a bike with no training wheels you’d think I’d be a pro at this teaching skill by now. And while I’ve picked up a few tricks from teaching her two brothers, teaching her has proved to be a completely different challenge. Teaching my older son how to ride a bike was like training for a marathon. It took a lot of time. I’d say a year if I had to ... Read More »

Changes

My father was baptized in a little church in Keuka Park, NY some time in 1922 or 1923. My grandparents made promises; they promised to raise him in the church they promised to teach him about Jesus, they promised to nurture him in faith. They promised to do these things no matter what life brought their way. Of course, like all parents, they don’t really believe anything terrible will happen. After all, the child is so beautiful and they are in love and life lays in front of them full ... Read More »

Mom’s Job

Over the years, my mom has taught me many things. Because of her, I know how to do the laundry, how to clean a house, how to shave my legs, how to tell a story and how to write a resume. She taught me how to host a party and how to make friends. She reminded me to always overdress instead of underdress, and I still rely on her to dress me for most occasions. But of all the things that my mom taught me, one always stands out: “It’s ... Read More »

Why Easter Eggs?

Recently I found myself explaining Easter egg hunts to a friend who was unfamiliar with this tradition. As I explained it I realized that it sounded rather odd, “Children search for plastic eggs filled with candy because….” I had nothing to follow the because. So, I went searching. I found out that decorating eggs as part of a spring ritual dates back to ancient Greece and Rome and that decorating eggs for Easter is a tradition that dates back to at least the 13th century. One explanation is that eggs were ... Read More »

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