Grandfamilies: Wanted–Grandparents

Batter Up! Ayden and Papa Rich. May 2009. Lala, why aren’t you here with me? Cadence drew out the “here” to three syllables. I heard his mother in the background: Cadence, hush! We talked about that. I turned my face from the webcam and wiped my eyes as the boy continued, I wanted you to be here! […]

Basket Case

The cross was enough–more than I ever expected or deserved. But He didn’t stop there. 10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11 according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 In […]

Six Wonderful Ways to Foster Silence

Daphne and Me. July 2015. Our grandgirl Daphne looks so much like her mommy that it makes my heart ache. She is just about the age now that her mommy was when she uttered one of the most potent phrases of her childhood. On that day, back in 1985, my daughter looked at me and announced: […]

Grandfamilies: You Go First

Sawyer And Cadence. December 2011. When you’re five years old and your 13-month old brother barges right smack through the middle of your epic army man battle, you’re likely to be mad. It’s also likely that in short order your mom or some other adult on the scene will encourage you to forgive and move on. […]

When Holidays Hurt: Mother’s Day Edition

  So how was your Mother’s Day? Well, my mom and my daughter are both in the hospital, so . . . . My friend’s voice faded to nothing. Nothing. Like the postmark on an envelope that never was mailed.  Another friend’s mother died about 10 days before Mother’s Day. And there’s another friend whose son […]