LAUGH!

During church one Sunday Ellison, age 4, was determined to get my attention.  Naturally, it was during a quieter time of the service.  He tried whispering, tugging on my sleeve and just staring at me, wanting me to look his way, but I continued to look toward the speaker, silently praying, “Lord, help him remember…

What do you say???

Do you use this prompter?!   I know those of us with older children remember it:  We’ve given, or someone else has given, our child something – a treat, a gift, a special activity. And we wait… hoping to hear those two words - “Thank you”.  We hope he’s going to say it because it’s in him,…

Loving Words

Our family has a code for saying “I love you” - without the words. You may know it. I’ll squeeze my child’s hand, arm or leg three times (This stands for “I love you”). Then he squeezes back twice (This stands for “How much?”) Then I give one large, long squeeze (representing “thiiiiis much”). Usually…

PDA

I just returned from a mission trip with our church's high school group.  Over 100 students from various parts of the country came together for 10 days to serve the poor of central Jamaica. Some helped with a local VBS while most assisted with building homes. At the end of each day the students hang out…

Graduation

Cecilia was asked to give the invocation for graduation. That morning, she asked my husband Terrell and me to read her prayer.  The focus of her prayer was thanksgiving to God - for their teachers, their friends, their accomplishments, their challenges and their trials.  She was marking the end of this season of her life…

Pause

Our daughter Cecilia graduates in less than a week from high school. She is our youngest child. This afternoon our church hosted a Baccalaureate service for the senior class. It's a simple service with a few prayers and a brief message. It’s like a pause before graduation to publicly and collectively thank God for His…

Rainy Days

Today it has rained all day long. On days like today, I think of moms with preschoolers, especially moms with little boys who really need to expend their energy. Terrell and I had our three children quickly - three children in three years. The oldest two are boys, fifteen months apart, and they always had…