memories

I am His Beloved

Scrapbooking Materials

I paused before exiting the guest bedroom. It was still new to me, since we had moved only a little over a month prior. But the walk-in closet beckoned me to open it, reminding me that I had thrust every photo album, film negative, loose picture, and scrapbook on the shelves in desperation to get the room uncluttered and somewhat […]

Along the Journey Home

Communion of Saints

A few weeks ago, I was sitting on the front porch sipping my coffee and watching the children play in the yard when the delicately sweet, clean scent of a nearby gardenia bush drifted by.  I was suddenly taken back to the days I spent as a child 70 miles east of Dallas in the small town of Winnsboro, TX. […]

How We Measure Success

My father came to our house for a visit a few weekends ago, which he typically does two or three times a year.  He loves to see his grandsons and we talk to him every week by phone, but it is sometimes difficult for him to travel from his Florida home to Atlanta.  I have occasionally written about my dad […]

Teaching Kids What Matters – 10 Practical Lessons

Our family recently enjoyed a weekend visit from my 73 year old father.  This has been a tough few years for all of us, especially my father, as my mother passed away in 2010 after a long illness.  My parents were married for nearly half a century, a rare thing these days.  My mother was his best friend, partner and […]

Lean on your Father

Marge's Dad at Age 3

I was headed for a couple of the most stressful weeks I’ve had in a long, long, time and wondered how in the world I’d manage to work my way through them. Things were coming at me from every angle, and while I’m usually invigorated by a challenge, this time I found myself ready to crumble. My spiritual director of […]