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Not the best culinary experience

In 2018 the ethnic restaurant pleased the palate. “That was so good. I am telling my daughter she needs to check it out when she comes here for business next week,” one said. In 2019, we left the same restaurant … Continue reading

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Apple Pie!

Grabbing six year-old Henry around the waist, Nate lifted his son Henry up into the branches of the apple tree to pick an out-of-reach apple. “I got it, Dad. I got it,” the first grader announced, holding the apple as … Continue reading

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Kids comments about Bible lesson

Children bring a fresh, untrained eye and ear to any experience. Each week Child Evangelism Fellowship teacher Donna Allen presents a short lessons on the Bible to pre-schoolers and older students. She delights in relating some experiences with her students. … Continue reading

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Tree Hugger

Tree hugging never made it high in our household. At least it didn’t until the day my husband became an avid convert. It happened one afternoon as he watched yet another gripping (or is that disappointing?) Razorback game. With the … Continue reading

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Visiting the Federal Reserve STL

 Serious business happens at the Federal Reserve building in St Louis. Guards stop visitors entering its free Economy Museum for x-ray and visitor tags. “You have a pair of scissors in your purse?” the guard asked. “Yes,” I had forgotten … Continue reading

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I want a baby sister

Pre-schoolers know what they want. Our three-year-old granddaughter Katie does. She recently implored her father, “Dad, I want a baby sister. Everyone has one. And I never got to have one.” “Who else has a baby sister?” Katie listed several … Continue reading

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Eat your veggies

I slumped at the kitchen table staring at cake. Grandma shook her head, “You have to eat your food to have cake.” I looked at the meat, potatoes and vegetables. My eight-year-old self protested. Grandma just looked. I would eat … Continue reading

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Typewriter tales

Carrying two small cases, my husband passed a group of teachers as he walked into the grade school. “What do you have in the cases?” one asked. “Typewriters.” “What is a typewriter? and why are you bringing them here?” “One … Continue reading

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Temper tantrum payback

As buses began rolling down the streets, Facebook pages lit up with links to a post from Haley Hassell who visited three stores searching for the specific pencil case her daughter wanted for first grade. As a single mom, meeting … Continue reading

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How we met and married

One of the granddaughters asked me to do a “grandmother’s story” journal. So this is one answer to the many questions in the book. How I met your father/grandfather The Sunday evening before Goshen College closed for the winter break … Continue reading

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