Grandfamilies: Hints for Hosting a Houseful

Cadence, Daphne, and Sawyer, “Playing” the Piano. April 2014. Last week we looked into being good guests when visiting the kids and grandkids. A friend suggested I write about hosting the kids and grandkids, which seemed like a splendid idea to me.  Some ideas: Figure out where they’ll stay. If your son tells you that he […]


The Clicker Episode

Remotes. Honest. Wrong Turns, Right TrackMy beloved husband, Rich, and I know one another well. We share our lives, our home, our hearts. We worship together, eat most of our meals together, and stroke the same dogs’ heads as we relax in evenings. We climb into the same bed at night. Those details, along with our status […]


Dreaming up Delights

Me, Dad, Mercedes.  July 15, 2012. Roll the ReelsSaturday night I dreamed up one long sequence of lovely things. Rich and I traveled to some new exotic tropical place, wriggling toes into warm peach sand and sighing together with the sun as the horizon swallowed it. I sat in an auditorium filled with hundreds and […]


The Rose Wins

 One Climbing Rose Envelops an Entire Tree. Portland, Oregon. June, 2011. My friend Sam Lowry took this photo and granted his permission for me to share it with you. Beautifying the Family Tree My dear friend Sam Lowry posted this amazing photograph on Facebook recently. “A single climbing rose has fully colonized its host tree,” […]


The Rose Wins

 One Climbing Rose Envelops an Entire Tree. Portland, Oregon. June, 2011. My friend Sam Lowry took this photo and granted his permission for me to share it with you. Beautifying the Family Tree My dear friend Sam Lowry posted this amazing photograph on Facebook recently. “A single climbing rose has fully colonized its host tree,” […]