Chasing Away The Thief

My mother whirled around and shouted, “Did you just put your hand in my purse?” The woman behind her jumped off the subway train just as the doors were closing. “Hold your purse in front of you. Pickpockets are bad here,” said Silvana, a friend who accompanied me, my mother, and my mother-in-law on a […]

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Walking Along The Walls

Dubrovnik, Croatia I recently visited Dubrovnik, Croatia, a stunningly beautiful city on the Adriatic Sea. My former exchange student Silvana Milic took me, my mother, and my mother-in-law to visit Dubrovnik last week. Begun as a settlement in the 7th century, Dubrovnik grew into a fortified city by the 9th century. One of the most […]

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Connecting the Older and Younger Ones

Our trip is taking us from Charlotte, NC, to Zagreb, Croatia Silvana (far right) with some members of our family at Patrick’s graduation, 2012 By the time you read this, I should have travelled 4,817 miles across the Atlantic Ocean to Zagreb, Croatia. Part of former Yugoslavia (before it was broken up into 5 different […]

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Standing With Those Who Stand With Us

Thousands of children are saying goodbye today to some special people. These youngsters are moving away from dedicated adults, who have stood by them, encouraged them, and helped them grow socially, intellectually, and personally. It’s the last day of school in Rowan County, where I live. While the prospect of summer vacation gleams on the […]

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Fighting to Stay Connected

My daughters (left to right) Sarah, Katie, and Emily, with me at dinner during our weekend Have you ever had to fight for a good purpose? My daughters and I experienced that very thing recently. We had to fight . . . to be together. Once each year, we plan a “Girls Weekend.” We usually […]

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Reflections From Memorial Day

  I saw Jesus on Memorial Day. I didn’t bump into Him on the street or sit across the table from Him while we shared a cup of coffee, but I saw Him just the same. And I was grateful, humbled, and overwhelmed all at the same time. In the United States, we celebrate Memorial […]

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Lessons Learned From Window Washing

Me (second up stairs on left) with the window washing crew!  Imagine washing the windows on a 4-story beach house . . . and liking it! Well that’s what I did with a group of friends at Emerald Isle, NC, this past weekend, as we enjoyed some fun and relaxing times at the coast. A […]

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Allowing Ourselves To Be Shaped

Henry and Grace  My daughter Sarah’s new puppy Henry has been with us for a little over two months now. We’re all adjusting to and enjoying this new member of the family. Henry embodies raw energy. Running, leaping, pouncing, chewing, and digging . . . he goes non-stop until he passes out on his dog […]

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Handing Down a Legacy of Strength and Love

With Mother’s Day so close, I have been thinking about the important place God has given to mothers. Holidays have a way of making you stop and think about the important people in your life. The Lord is strong, and He is loving. I think He planted these same qualities in the hearts of mothers […]

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Putting Our Expectations in the Right Place

  “This is not how I thought my marriage would go,” Leah must have said. “I expected my husband to love and cherish me. Instead, he loves someone else much more than me.” Poor Leah. Her story can be found in Genesis 29. “The other woman” was Leah’s younger sister Rachel. Modern-day soap operas have […]

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