Freedom is a Choice

In my younger days, I didn’t understand the freedom of choice. In my younger days, I wasn’t good at the “like water on a duck’s back” thing. But then, I wasn’t a duck. I’m still not a duck, but I’ve learned to quack less and just let the water run off instead of splashing and gnashing as human nature tempts me to do. Ducks are good at that. Their feathers are designed to shed water … Read more

Sloppy Joe Sandwiches

I grew up on these and didn’t know there was a recipe for them. Then my mother told me that the recipe she used most often for these sandwiches was in the Mennonite Community Cookbook. It has a different name there: Barbecued Hamburger. As most of us do, I’ve tweaked mine a little at times, and most of the time I just dump in and stir the ingredients.  Once I found a recipe that added cooked rice … Read more

Saying “I’m Sorry” – No Ifs, Ands, or Buts

Saying “I’m sorry” can be so hard to do. It was a late Sunday afternoon and the sisters on the playground had been having a great time. One of them did something to upset the other one. Each of them wanted to tell me what the other one had done wrong, and neither was anxious to confess her own wrongdoing. The gentle playground scene changed instantly when the squabble began, and the swings and climbing … Read more

Southwest Lights a Candle

June 8, 2015.  During a torrential downpour, my husband left for the airport.  It was an unscheduled, unplanned trip.  Our foster babies were already in bed, and we had envisioned enjoying a quiet house and evening together. But that phone call from a Southwest Airlines employee a few hours earlier had set the wheels in motion, and I watched my hubby drive out through the rain, knowing he was doing the right thing. The employee … Read more