Hope, Hunger, and Friendly Sharks

  What Hope Can Do “A friendly shark and an ocean to keep him in.” That’s what grandson Cadence was hoping to receive as a birthday gift  when he was about to turn three.  It’s a wish born of privilege, isn’t it? Thanks be to God, all the things my grandkids hope for are birthed in […]

Bug-Collecting and a Mother’s Heart: Lessons in Compassion

What Hearts Remember I read this amazing story the other day, I say to my mother-in-law. She and I sit in Denny’s, lingering over the last bites of our pecan-banana pancakes. Really?  Yeah. It was a blog post. Your kids caught bugs when they were small, didn’t they? And they brought them home in jars? She nods, […]

The Deal of a Life!

“Sammy.” Best Return on Investment Ever What can you buy for $38? Dinner out, maybe, if you choose your restaurant with care and skip the appetizer. Last year, you could have bought one share of stock in Facebook for $38, though it’s not worth that much today. A movie date might be doable if you go […]

Like Jewelry? Like to Shop? Like to Help? Like to Pray?

ViBella Jewelry Is Much, Much Prettier Than My Prayer Beads. Haiti on my Heart I know a little girl (okay, I know her mom) who has decided to raise $5,000 to build a playground at a school in Haiti. She’s Lydia Lee, the daughter of Jennifer Lee, who blogs at Getting Down With Jesus. (Jennifer is […]

Do It For Daphne

Daphne Kate Matoushek, Minutes Old. Safe in Daddy’s Arms.  Do It For All the Daphnes. If you were here on Monday, you know that we expected a new granddaughter. As it happens, Daphne arrived at 3:09 p.m. local time on Tuesday, weighing 7 pounds, 10 ounces (3.46 kilograms), and measuring 19.25 inches (49 centimeters) long. […]