Growing as a family

The Deep Value in Being Mom

The Deep Value in Being Mom

By Karilee Aoki Recently it was Mother’s Day, and I had a chance to reflect on what it means to be a mother. I had to ask myself, “What is it that...

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800 Yards in a Cedar Swamp

800 Yards in a Cedar Swamp

Recently I was trying to explore a piece of land and reached out to my son for his help. The goal was to reach the Northeast corner of the property,...

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Life Lessons from Our Dad

Life Lessons from Our Dad

by Dewey, Kenn and Michael Mowris   It’s Father’s Day and it's time to be grateful for the father figures we look up to in our lives. As his 3...

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A Mother Is God’s Gift

A Mother Is God’s Gift

by Naomi MacMurdie “A mother is a person who, seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for...

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Grandma and Fevers

Grandma and Fevers

By T.J. Whenever my kids fall sick with a fever, I think about my paternal grandmother. In my life, I have only met her a handful of times but my...

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Keep Doors Open

Keep Doors Open

Susan’s son is now grown. In fact, they are really close. They even work together. But Susan knows, a child’s happiness is not something that comes...

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Home for Lunch

Home for Lunch

“Okay, boys, it’s safe to cross now.” Ginny was the crossing guard at the busy intersection next to Kittredge Elementary School. She had blown her...

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With Me

With Me

By T.K. I was speaking to my son and I recounted with him the fact that he was in my stomach for a long time. Nine months! But then I realized that...

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My Son and His Jacket

My Son and His Jacket

By Maruko Breland My two-year-old son has an enemy. It’s his jacket. Every time I ask him to put it on before going outside, he fights me, twisting...

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Day Moon

Day Moon

By H.T. Two little girls took a walk after school. One looked up and exclaimed, “Look! The day moon is following me!” “Day moon” is what they call...

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Letter to My Children

Letter to My Children

My dear children, This world is not the world I wished you would have to grow up in. I look to the future, and sometimes it looks so uncertain. I...

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Potty and Perfection

Potty and Perfection

My son is in the middle of potty training. He is getting pretty close to achieving “fully trained” status, but not quite at 100%. We started with...

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To My Thanksgiving Baby

To My Thanksgiving Baby

By Maruko Breland My dearest son, You came into our lives the morning of the day before Thanksgiving. You decided to come a week early, and I said...

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Love at 90

Love at 90

By K.T. A lot of people muse about what “true love” is. I’ve recently been witness to it, in a very personal way. My mom, who just turned 90 in...

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Win-Win

Win-Win

Sometimes all it takes to resolve a small situation is taking a larger perspective. Some call it the “birds eye view” or the “God’s eye view” but...

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