Category: Family

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Thursday 22nd October 2015

The Duet

The Duet

The Duet I slide onto Mom’s piano bench, a polished rectangle that always seemed tailor-made for two players instead of one. But I sit alone in front of these 88 keys, where we sisters spent years practicing scales and memorizing recital pieces. On the piano-console, a ceramic ...

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Thursday 17th September 2015

Five Ways to Love Without Words

love needs no translation

Her name is Ceres. She was our exchange student in 1979. When her year was up, she returned to Brazil. I was left with a broken heart, two stuffed animals, a Snoopy journal, and a hope that I would someday see her again. Last Wednesday night, part of my heart walked in through the door […]

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Friday 7th August 2015

So God Made a Family

So God Made a Family

And on the 8th day, God looked down on the good earth he made and said, “I need people to love and care for each other.” So, God made a family. God said “I need a lot of somebodies to show the world what it means to weave hearts, to shape souls, and to stubbornly stick […]

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Friday 19th June 2015

What To Remember Every Father’s Day

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There are all kinds of fathers. The ones who help and the ones who hurt. The daddies and the “deadbeats.” The ones who seem larger than life, and the ones whose absence yawned open under your life. No matter what kind of Father we have on earth, here’s what we can know for ...

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Tuesday 12th May 2015

#TellHisStory: A Love Letter for A Second-Born Child

#TellHisStory: A Love Letter for A Second-Born Child

Dear Daughter, I loved you instantly, of course. It was the second time in my life that a delivery-room nurse had placed a wrinkled newborn girl in my arms. When my lips brushed across your cheek, I knew it would be a cinch to love you as much as I loved your big sister. But […]

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Saturday 9th May 2015

A Letter To Every Mother on Mother’s Day

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Dear Mom, No, you didn’t do it perfectly. You lost your temper when you should have given yourself a timeout. You delivered scoldings when you should have offered grace. You forgot to send the lunch money, got the wrong size shoes, counted Ketchup as a vegetable, and gave in too early. ...

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Thursday 23rd April 2015

Want to Change the World? Start by Making Your Bed

Want to Change the World? Start by Making Your Bed

(This story is featured in my new book, The Happiness Dare.) I made my bed this morning. This is kind of a big deal. Because not only did I make my bed, but it’s the FOURTH DAY IN A ROW of making my bed. That is the longest streak of bed-making in my adult life. I stopped making my bed ...

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Monday 23rd March 2015

What We All Need to Remember Every Spring

spring, lilacs

My father-in-law was diagnosed with leukemia in 2008, a few weeks before the first tulips popped their glossy mouths open, toward the spring sky. Our daughters were six and three at the time, and they immediately asked us if “Bop”—as they called him—was going to die. The prognosis wasn’t good, ...

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Wednesday 29th October 2014

#TellHisStory: This Old House

#TellHisStory: This Old House

  A Letter to My House (Written in 2011) Hey old friend, I’ve never been good at goodbye. But time has a way of forcing these things, and even as I tap the keys, the clock on your wall ticks a steady march toward the inevitable. The moving truck comes tomorrow. Right now, I find ...

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Wednesday 15th October 2014

#TellHisStory: How The Real World-Changers Live … and How They Die

#TellHisStory: How The Real World-Changers Live ... and How They Die

Outside my windows, the trees had begun their beautiful dying. I stared out blankly, eyes cloudy with grief, thinking about the phone call I’d just gotten. She was dying.  I didn’t want to go say goodbye. But she was ready to go, surrendering to the season. She was a tree in autumn, ...

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