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No Really, I Love You

A man I love sidestepped death. No one expected him to come through, but he did. I would say it was by the grace of God. But he wouldn’t. He would say, “Guess my time wasn’t up.” For him, living and dying are two sides of a card. When the Great Hand flips it, you go. This doesn’t worry him. In fact, he laughs when he tells me that a guy with a clerical collar came to see him before his heart procedure. He waved the guy away. “Don’t worry; ... Read More »

Putting Others First

Every year it’s the same conversation: I say, “Happy Father’s Day, Dad.” And he says, “Every day is Father’s Day.” Over the years I’ve come to understand just what he means by that. He loves being our dad so much that every day is Father’s Day to him. The older I get, the more reflective I become and the more clearly I understand the example that my dad set for me. He shows me not just how much he loves me, but he also provides me with a model for ... Read More »

Learning My Faith From My Mother

A few days ago, I popped in an old familiar CD and out rang the words, “Blessed to be a blessing,” and at once, I was taken back to my earliest childhood memories. A devotion at the kitchen table with our well-worn book, “Little Visits with God.” The family marching up to bed singing, “Now the light has gone away, Father listen while I pray…” And my parents waiting patiently as I knelt beside the bed and said my prayers. These moments will stay with me all my life. At ... Read More »

Thanks. For Everything. Love You Mom.

Moms are such an incredible gift. I marvel at the amazing ways that my own mother has blessed my life. Sometimes it takes us until we are adults to understand what a great gift our own moms are. Whenever Mother’s Day comes around, picking out a card is one of my favorite things to do. I’m always looking for just the right words, and I never find the perfect one. Simply put, I wish there was a card that said: “Thanks. For Everything. Love you, Mom.” Mom has been one ... Read More »

True Beauty

I was recently asked who the most influential person in my life has been. I didn’t even have to think about it; my mom has, hands down, been the most influential person in my life. All of my life, my mom has been the picture of grace under pressure and gentle strength. At the age of four, I had an awareness of what it meant to have a relationship with Jesus Christ and that this relationship was something I desired. My mom set a lifelong example as she chose what ... Read More »

Remembering Mom

Should I buy a card? Should I send flowers? I ask myself this each year. As my Mother’s Alzheimer’s has continued to take over the person I once knew as my Mom, do I keep the rituals alive? After all she won’t know Sunday is any different than any other day. She will be 92 at the end of this month.  Frail, thin, teeth pretty much gone, she still has beautiful blue eyes and isn’t all gray. Growing up I remember many stories from my Dad regarding miracles and the ... Read More »

How Would You Spend 526 Weeks?

526 weeks. That’s roughly the number of weeks I have left with my son until he graduates high school. I know this because last week I downloaded an app called Legacy Countdown, which helps you see how long you really have before your child is grown. At first I was hesitant to download the app. Do I really want to know the number? Will it make me sad? I decided to download it because my kids are still young, and I figured that my number would still be in the ... Read More »

Remembering the Ordinary Moments of 2013

There is a feature on Facebook that allows you to see your 20 biggest moments in 2013. I’m a sucker for “Year in Review” montages so of course I couldn’t resist the opportunity to see how Facebook would curate a year’s worth of my content down to the top 20 moments of the year. I’m so happy I did. Of course some the moments were things that I expected. My kids’ birthdays and my anniversary were there. I gained a niece and a nephew this past year so my posts ... Read More »

Empress of China

When I was growing up in New Orleans, my family had a tradition of going to the late Christmas Eve service at church and then going to eat at one of our favorite places called Cannon’s. Each year, my sisters ate the Cajun Popcorn Shrimp Salad and I would get the Chicken Royale with fries. It was like clockwork. And it was wonderful. I have a thing for food by the way. I remember everything I ever ate and most of my favorite memories are about food. One year, the ... Read More »

The Whos Down in Who-ville

Every Christmas one of the most cherished activities in my adorable little hometown of Basking Ridge, NJ was the annual “Christmas Eve Carol Sing” on the town green. Yes, that’s right, you heard me…a CHRISTMAS CAROL Sing (not holiday or season’s greetings) right smack in the center of town for all to see and celebrate. Very little has changed about this town tradition since 1924. Picture it with me: you are dressed in your very best finery for Christmas Eve service either coming from your local church service, or as ... Read More »

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