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Where’s The Joy?

by Monica
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(Grace: Age 5) It was Friday evening at the Gill’s, and all was not well. We were preparing to go out for dinner together, but it had been a long day and everyone was “needy.” I needed to “veg-out,” Doug needed some TLC, Gracie needed some focused attention— and none […]

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The Epic Encounter

by Monica
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One of the interesting things that Gracie says to me often is a peculiar question. When she is frustrated or in need, she will ask: “Mama? Can I love you? Mama, can you help me love you?” I’m not sure I understand exactly what she means, but it always induces […]

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John The Appetizer

by Monica

The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones, Illustrated by JAGO Zondervan, Zonderkids, Grand rapids. MI, 2007. pg 202-203    Grace Age: 2 years 8months Following the advice of Lon Solomon, one of our favorite pastors, we have been sowing the seeds of the Gospel in Grace early. I’m amazed at […]

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Where’s Gracie?

by Monica

Grace Age: 2 years, 1 month She steps carefully forward. Her hands press outward to get a sense of what’s around. She laughs as she stumbles to regain footing. “Mommmmyyyy… Daddddyyyy…” she calls out in sing-song. “Where’s Gracie????” we call back. “HAAAAHAAAA!!!” she screeches in discovery with a room-filling laugh. […]

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Mama, It’s the Cross!

by Monica

Ironically, for the last two weeks in my Ladies’ small group we have prayed for each other not to get too “wrapped up” in all the seasonal “To Do’s.” Yet, on Monday I sat on my couch suffocating under a mound of papers to be graded, while my mind rattled […]

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What’s This?

by Monica

“What’s Zis, Mama?” Grace asks. “That’s a tractor” I say. “Ooooo… Twactor…What’s zis?” “That’s a baby cow.” “Ooooo. Baby cow.” “What’s zis?” … And the question continues. “What’s this?” is Gracie’s favorite question. I’m pretty sure “Why?” will be next in her “stages of development” but for now Doug and […]

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