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It’s the Little Things That Matter

Sometimes all you need are a good buddy and a dandelion plucker. I ran into my Dad this week in one of the most unlikely places — an antique auction in the middle of Amish country. We live within an hour’s drive of my parents’ house and I see them...

Saturday in the Valley

It’s rainy and cold this morning, but the grass is turning green here in our valley. Daffodils are blooming along the creek bank and the field down the road has been disked. Soon, seed will be pressed into the furrows and the growing season will begin again....

When You Look Into Their Hearts

Come Friday, our nest will be a little emptier. Son Number Three will throw a few boxes and bags into his Jeep and head south, an eight-hour drive to Nashville — the “country music” Nashville. Son Number Two waits for him there, along with freedom,...

Tell Them They Deserve Better

Her brown eyes pooled with tears and her lower lip quivered as she timidly approached. “My dad has been abusing me since I was little. I can’t remember a time when he wasn’t hurting me.” This brave teenager’s bold admission caught me off...
It’s the season to take flight

It’s the season to take flight

They visited several times this week. Black birds swooped in to fill the branches of our trees, their “caws” echoing across the valley. The first morning of their arrival, I answered their call and stepped onto the porch. Suddenly, I found myself...
Learning to be a “seeker”

Learning to be a “seeker”

“It’s not about the math.” I never thought I’d hear myself say that, but stepping into this last year of homeschooling, I find I’ve learned a thing or two along the way. And, it wasn’t math. Math mastery is a fleeting skill for we right-brained...
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