All posts in category Family Life

Favorite Lines–and Why I Love Them

We all have favorite lines–phrases–that haunt us or echo in our mind. I’m recounting some of mine today and why I like them. Haunting “She shivered on the birthing bed and sobbed. She couldn’t believe her life was ending so soon.” I read this line in a Slovenian family history someone brought to a party. […]

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An Eclectic Book Reader: Oswald Chambers

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Oswald Chambers was an eclectic book reader, in addition to being a noted teacher and writer. He loved the Bible, poetry, novels, and theology–probably in that order. His many letters and talks are littered with references to poetry and books he read. Baffled to Fight Better, the only book listing him as author that Chambers […]

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What Belongs in a Modern Hope Chest?

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The concept of a modern hope chest occurred to us  20 years ago. You know what a hope chest is, don’t you?  Here’s a definition: “A hope chest, also called dowry chest, cedar chest or glory box is a chest used to collect items such as clothing and household linen, by unmarried young women in anticipation […]

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My Own Wrinkle in Time

“Why, you had your own wrinkle in time,” my friend exclaimed. I’d recounted a story in which he had given me a surprising gift We’re both fans of Madeleine L’Engle‘s Newberry award winning novel A Wrinkle in Time, but his words caught me by surprise. I hadn’t thought of it that way before, but he […]

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Playing Poohsticks and Raising Children

“Let’s visit the bridge and play Poohsticks,” I suggested to my husband. We were out for a walk after nearly a week of monsoon rain in Northern California. We could hear the seasonal creek rushing from two blocks away. “That creek won’t be high enough,” my husband laughed. But we peered over the barrier anyway. It reminded […]

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