Faith + Love

Gummy Bears

My shirt stuck to my lower back, damp with perspiration. I took a break from pedaling and looked back to check the trailer attached to my bike. Four-year-old Johnny looked fine. The cool breeze played in his hair as he […]

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5 Tips for a Strong and Healthy Marriage

Rich beauty doesn’t blossom over time unless the gardener is willing to till the soil, tend to the weeds and water each seedling as it grows. So it is with marriage. Those who stay the course with patience and humility […]

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First Things First

Parenting the second time around looks different than the first. When our second of three boys graduated from high school, we assumed we were nearing the end of our parenting journey. Well, at least the part that involves children living […]

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Triangle Relationship

Mr. Dream Guy . . . we’ve all spent hours thinking about him. We doodled pictures of him when we were 12. We daydreamed about him during science class in ninth grade. And even in our twenties, we talk about him over coffee […]

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Choosing to Influence

“Let’s play car. You drive, okay?” Three-year-old Bella handed me the plastic keys, and I revved up our “couch car” engine. She climbed into the “passenger seat” next to me, pulled an invisible seatbelt across her lap, and firmly buckled […]

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I Don’t Want to Go

“I don’t want to go!” I sat up in bed, turned the light on, and looked tearfully at my husband, Rod, who was almost sleeping. The next day, I would be leaving for China for eight weeks to participate in […]

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