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Dec
4

Persevere

It truly is crazy living on both sides of the Pond. That said, you may understand the craziness of what seemed like a simple task: baking cookies to add to the treats of our local church’s ESL class’ Christmas party last night. My new favorite word? Persevere! My first thought was to make a huge …

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Nov
29

Christmas scripture-writing challenge

December 1 is rapidly approaching and I have not given much thought to which reading plan I’ll use to help keep my mind focused on the reason for our celebrating. Sometimes the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season gets so crazy that I forget why I’m even celebrating! And if the parents and grandparents …

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Nov
26

Family time at Disney World

Wow…I may have just had one of the best family vacations EVER. Seriously. A story a bit too long to share in this particular post, but, bottom line, we were blessed with a day at Disney with my sister, her husband, their daughter and son-in-law, our kids, their spouses, and our five grandchildren. Crazy. The …

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Nov
24

Family vacation: Day one

Well, this is a first. An extended family vacation. Siblings. Multi-generations. And sun. Not too hot. But warm enough to enjoy the resort pool. Plenty of time to splash with little ones and dodge water cannons. (I must say that I didn’t see the other grandmothers and great-aunts fully committed to water play — how …

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Nov
19

HIV+

I can only think of one good thing resulting from Charlie Sheen announcing his HIV+ status on national news: It puts the virus back on the front page and allows us to potentially reduce the associated stigma while debunking so many falsehoods circulating via social media. I work with HIV+ hospitalized children in Kyiv, Ukraine. …

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Sep
8

Postcards

Picture postcards. An inexpensive way to send a personal message to family and friends. My grandparents were blessed with opportunities to travel the world on several occasions and often by ocean liners. This allowed them to visit many locations without ever having to unpack, change hotels, make connections and all the other joys of travel. …

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Jul
30

Pointillism

Oh, the things I’m learning as a grandparent. Pointillism. Maybe I had heard of it earlier. Maybe I would have recognized the art technique when I saw the painting. Definitely I recognized the artwork. Two grandsons introduced me to Creative Galaxy, a new program they have watched from time to time. I had no idea …

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Jul
16

New memories from the old

What a fabulous morning! Our car needed to be inspected for Maryland tags and our ride home from the shop included three of our grandchildren and their Aunt Anna. Mama had been dropped off at summer school. Rather than returning to their home before retrieving Mama, we were blessed with their company for the whole …

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May
31

Sunday’s Scripture (May 31)

My family is experiencing a tremendous amount of change and upheaval. My husband and I are spending more time in the U.S. though we continue our ministry in Ukraine, and are dealing with the pain of leaving wherever we have been. Does that make sense? This summer has been one of great anticipation as we …

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May
17

Sunday’s Scripture (May 17)

“That’s mine.” “What? No, thanks. I don’t want to _____ [insert any chore].” “Do I have to share?!” One grandmother prays specifically that her grandchildren will grow up to be helpful, generous, caring adults…by exhibiting those attitudes and habits even as children. Of course, the grandparents and parents need to model this behavior so that …

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