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My younger self never gave much thought to getting old. While I have certainly grown older, I don’t usually consider myself to be “old.” Most days being older, not quite old, doesn’t bother me. I have many life experiences, the memories of which I wouldn’t trade just to be young again. Some of those memories include my wedding, the births of my children, a trip with my middle child to Costa Rica and a more recent mission trip to Mexico with my husband. more
In the spring of 2011, I discovered the book One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. At the time, it felt like every single woman I knew was reading it. One of my best friends began a book club at her house for some friends to get together and discuss the book weekly. I joined in because I love to read and I love my friend. However, more
Rarely do guests at funerals “buy” officiants’ claims that we “gather together to celebrate the life of ____.” You fill in the blank. We’ve all “been there, heard that.” Most are prone to think of funerals as marking ends rather than beginnings. Usually, grief engulfs us, dragging us far below the state of joy we’d prefer. Our spirits don’t seem to be on wings of eagles, soaring across sun-splashed skies. more
My husband Robert and I will celebrate our 28th anniversary this year. If you count the two years we dated before our wedding, we’ve been together for a total of 30 years. We decided sometime early on in our relationship that celebrating Valentine’s Day really wasn’t that important to either of us. more
Last weekend, we made a trip to see my older daughter who lives a couple hours away. We made the trip to her apartment to hang out, go eat lunch, help her with her taxes and just visit and spend time hugging her. It was a safe drive there, a good visit, a fruitful tax return and we had a yummy lunch. But when it came time to leave, I had a moment in the car of feeling just as choked up and emotional as the very first day when we drove away and left her there to live on her own in the fall of 2016. I stopped myself from crying and thought it through, wondering why I felt so overwhelmed with emotion since I know I will see her again pretty soon. more
Every community needs a “go-to” guy. At the end of the day, however, there are far more “run-from” folks perfectly willing to let the “go-to’ers” lead the way for the common good. One such man known for leadership is radio executive Rex Tackett. For a dozen years, he’s been a corner post in Central Texans’ fence row of life. Rex is counted on to show up, put up and play up projects and causes utilizing his unique talents. more
Have you ever noticed there are many sayings that have to do with time? He’s got all the time in the world. We’re ahead of time. There’s no time like the present. It’s only a matter of time. It’s about time. I’m pressed for time. I’m running out of time. It’s a race against time. I’m certain there are many more idioms you could think of if just given enough time. more
As I type this article, I have my washing machine running and I am praying that it goes well. You see, just moments ago as I drained the bathtub, the toilet in the master bath began bubbling. In other words, something is clogged up. But I needed to do a load or two of laundry. My husband encouraged me to go ahead and try and “see what happens”. His logic is that maybe the washing machine will run and as it drains, it will push through whatever is clogging the pipe. Maybe it will. more
“Words failed us”--accompanied by a smiley face--provided a touch of grim humor on the front door of a bookstore when its owner declared Chapter XI bankruptcy. Front-page headline writers for the New Orleans Times-Picayune reacted similarly following the Saints’ shocking last- second loss to the Minnesota Vikings in the National Football League play-offs. more
Anyone who knows me knows that I enjoy a good football game. Though my favorite team didn’t make it into the playoffs, I will probably be watching the Super Bowl come Sunday, Feb. 4. I may be taking a risk by stating that I’ll be cheering for the Philadelphia Eagles. I might even be endangering my own life by revealing that while my preferred team is in the NFC East conference, it isn’t the Dallas Cowboys. I actually pull for the Washington Redskins. more
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