Kids, Hotel Soaps & 62 Pennies: Lessons in Gratitude

We received a surprise visit yesterday from my Grandpa Ken who lives in Nova Scotia.  He called me when he was just 200 miles away, letting me know he would be arriving within the next few hours.  When he finally arrived - what a joy it was to see him, hug him, and even hear his well-worn jokes!  It had been 4½ long years since our last visit.  The kids eagerly crowded around to greet … [Read more...]

Rethinking Halloween

The front door opened and out bolted ten excited children dressed in a variety of costumes and disguises.  They quickly loaded into the van, eager to line up and participate in the July 4th parade commemorating Bayview, Idaho's centennial year.  Marching at the start of the parade meant each child had a chance to line the streets at the end of the parade route, to enjoy the remainder of … [Read more...]

Integrating the Two Me’s

I'm embarrassed to admit this, but as a newlywed I got caught up in the story lines of the soap opera "One Life to Live" for one or two summers.  I recall very little of the saga (there was actually very little worth remembering!), except for Viki Lord who struggled with multiple personality disorder.  I'm not exactly sure why I remember that struggle so vividly, except maybe it was my … [Read more...]

Dedicated to Dima

It began as an inkling, an interest, a possibility, but developed and grew until their hearts beat boldly with conviction; their souls brimmed with love. He was their son and yet he lived not in their home. While he played unknowingly in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, they prayed intentionally in Ocala, Florida. Jenny and Eric enjoyed, even embraced, what they considered a complete happy existence … [Read more...]

Stolen bikes

Ah, the lazy days of summer seem to finally have arrived! Backyard BBQs, baseball games and bike rides with the family. I myself have great memories of my little sister Kathy and I riding bikes to the local Giant-T store in Moscow for 10-cent ice cream cones. Maybe you also have similar memories. Perhaps too you can imagine the dismay of our kids discovering two bikes missing from our … [Read more...]