The Ten Most Annoying Questions My Kids Ask Me

All kids ask questions, as they should, but some ask some more than others. And some ask the same ones over and over, like half-trained parakeets one breath away from strangulation. A small category of questions exist that try my patience, and the older my kids get,...

How to Handle Mission Trip Blues

I have just returned from a mission trip. Although I’m following the after-trip protocol of doing the laundry, restocking groceries, and returning emails, I am not fully engaged here. My mind’s eye envisions little brown faces with big black eyes. Houses...

High School Reunion

When your high school reunion comes around, how do you feel? Is it time for crash dieting, self-consciousness, or avoidance because life hasn’t turned out like you expected? Maybe you’re not rich, you’re not famous, you’re no longer married, you’re overweight, you’re...

Road Trip!

We just got back home from a road trip with our 3 sons, 2 of whom are now young adults. It was a rare and beautiful week for just the 5 of us. Even the drive brought back a rush of memories–in particular, the coping mechanisms we developed while driving our...

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