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Children are not casual guests in our home. They have been loaned to us temporarily for the purpose of loving them and instilling a foundation of values on which their future lives will be built. James Dobson Begin With the End in Mind This is advice I swiped from a book on blogging, but it really really applies to parenting as a Christian parent. You’ve gotta begin with the end in mind…. Read More

Along the dusty road to Sandeman stands a mud house. Built of the very earth it sits upon and much like all the neighboring houses except for the tree. A venerable old mango graces the main rooms and the courtyard with delicious shade. Some long ago ancestor planted a seed or a tender sapling in just the right spot to offer relief from the formidable strength of the afternoon sun. Every generation… Read More

Like millions of others I spent Christmas day with my kids. My kids are grown and some of their kids are pretty much grown so today I watched them interact and thought about the people they’d become. It wasn’t like an out of body experience, but it was still a little strange. I found myself remembering random childhood days and events. Making a California Mission the year each one was in the… Read More

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/08/19/writing-challenge-1000-words-four/ All the big kids are gone. They hadda go back to school. I hate school days cuz there’s nobody to play with. There’s four of us and I”m the littlest one. This year Charlene goed to school. Now I have to wait all day for somebody to play with. When Momma comes to the store I can’t make the merry-go-round go. I’m to little. And when she comes out the store… Read More

boys in pool

Carefree is about being unencumbered. Free from worry and striving. Not weighed down with the cares of this life. It’s not irresponsible or selfish. It’s not being obsessed with getting more, but being happily occupied with enjoying to the full what you already possess. Without a doubt kids and animals do Carefree best. Some women, like this Italian traveler, who are confident enough to sport Boy-Hair find Carefree. Smart Interior Designers install… Read More

This morning I read Psalm 104. It has a title: Praise to the Sovereign LORD for His Creation and Providence. As I read through this Psalm I started thinking about my grandson Silas. He’s currently fascinated with tornadoes and hurricanes. Of course, they are noisy and destructive. Perfect for young boys. His new career ambition is Storm Chaser. He spent the night Sunday and I missed a teachable moment. He brought me… Read More

Do you watch the Cooking Channel? If so you have probably heard Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa, say, “how easy is that”. Or maybe you remember Martha Stewart’s classic, “It’s a good thing”. Both would perfectly describe the app I bought today from the Mac App Store, Snapheal. Snapheal is an app that removes an unwanted object from a photograph. It’s a magical mouse click. Poof! Unwanted person or thing is instantly… Read More

Judah “un-decorating” the Christmas Tree 2011 It was still almost 100 in Sacramento just a few days ago when I saw the first display of Christmas decorations in Kohl’s. So this morning I have coffee, a yellow legal pad, and a pen. I’m mapping out my Holiday strategy. We go to Palm Springs for a week at Thanksgiving with a group of our kids and grandkids. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not… Read More

Motherhood has been revolutionized by the invention of the Digital Camera. Like it’s not enough that we start this Motherhood Journey with morning sickness and stretch marks, culminating in a protracted experiment in sleep deprivation. We are then suppose to nourish, protect, and civilize our progeny—WHILE taking and preserving for posterity a pictorial record of every event large and small. One of the greatest challenges of motherhood has been conquered by a… Read More