When My World Changed Forever – but Stayed the Same

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Sixty years Sixty years ago today. I was five when my world changed forever. For sixty years, I’ve wondered what it would have been like to grow up with a father. I will never know. At the time, it didn’t seem like that big a deal. Home was still home; Mama and my siblings were still there. While I’ll never know for certain what I missed, I learned some valuable life lessons. I learned that … Read more

7 Things to Consider When The Kids Are Out of School

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A plan not in place. Who would have thought? Kids are out of school, and there was no warning. If you had only known, you could have planned. But you didn’t know, and there was no time to plan for this shut-down in the community from the corona virus. Yet here you are. What to do? Choices There are many opportunities for you when your kids are out of school. Here are some tips to … Read more

“We’ll Walk in Together”


Sunday routine together Every Sunday when John Brenneman drove the horse and buggy home from church, he pulled on the reins to guide the horse into their lane. That wasn’t really necessary because the horse knew this was home, but John did it out of habit.  The horse pulled the buggy up to the house, where John gave a slight tug on the reins, and the horse stopped. That was the signal for Lydia and … Read more

Game Time with Kids

Game Time “Well, that’s just the way the ball bounces!” my five year old told his uncle when the sudden turn in the game guaranteed his uncle’s loss while uncle feigned dismay. His uncle snorted and rolled his eyes at me. I knew he wondered where that came from. He should have known. The kid’s father (uncle’s brother) used that phrase when our kids were losing in a game and proclaiming life wasn’t fair. Dave … Read more

The Last Chapter Has Not Been Written

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The last chapter Do you remember picking up a book and becoming so engrossed in it that time slipped away – yet you kept wondering about the end of the story? Finally, because you could stand the suspense no longer, you sneaked a peak at the last page because it was too hard to read the book and not know. You just had to know how the story ended. It was easier to read through … Read more