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21

Last year I wrote about my 20th wedding anniversary. We almost didn’t make it to 20, but here I am a year later and here we are still making it. Twenty-one years ago in the mountains of Tennessee I said “I do.” I could never have known what I was saying I would do. Almost…

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Remember

This month begins a birthday “season” in my family.  All of my sisters and I, my youngest daughter, and 2 nieces celebrate birthdays within a span of 25 days. Birthdays make us remember. One year for my birthday, Mom typed out her memory of the day I was born. She did that for all my…

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Face-Time

I ran into a friend yesterday.  I followed her back to her office and we sat and talked a while.  It was good.  We caught up, laughed, remembered, and made a plan to hang out soon.  I needed that. I love good conversation.  My heart swells like a roasting marshmallow when I get face-time.  It’s…

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A Love Letter

I found a letter in between the pages of one of my Bibles.  I keep it as a reminder of where we were. It’s a love letter.  Not the mushy kind inspired by infatuation.  No, the only similarity to a middle school love note is the notebook paper on which it’s written.  This love letter…

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Brilliant Disguise

I was with a group of ladies last week. We ate good food, shared stories, then sat down to do what we were there for. Learn together and connect. We’re doing a book study. But what always happens is way more than a book study. Relationships are formed, hearts are connected, and lives are shared.…

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Walls

He protects me like a strong, walled city, and he loves me. He is my defender and my Savior, my shield and my protection. Psalm 144:2. NCV I have an odd mixture of sweet and sour childhood memories. Some of the best are summer Saturdays. The entire family worked in the yard or the house…

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Scared

God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need him.                Psalm 46:1  MSG “God knows it’s scary to be us.” I’m like the five-year-old awakened in the night by a flash of lightning and loud boom of thunder, running to her parents’ bedroom to…

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Wait

Mom told me last week that she feels like she is on hold. In a season of waiting. All the time. She waits for the Hospice nurse. She waits for her bath and for someone to get her meals. She waits for her daughters to call and waits for someone to visit. She waits for…

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20

Twenty years ago in the mountains of Tennessee I said “I do.” I could have never known what I was saying I would do. Almost three years in and two kids out we were separated. We agreed we needed a few weeks to think. But young love wasn’t enough to cover the hurt we had…

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Hot Stuff

I’m showing my age. My face is no longer full with youth. Instead, it’s thinning and submitting to gravity’s pull. The wrinkles are getting deeper and my puffy morning eyes last well into the afternoon. I’ve found several grays in my strawberry-blond hair. My body is changing, too. The daily two-mile walks I take aren’t maintaining my weight like…

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