21!

Last evening, we drove to the port city of Limassol and celebrated our daughter’s 21st birthday. We had Lebanese food and then on to Starbuck’s and a walk on the beach. Songs of joy and birthday tunes… Here’s her buddies. As a mother, it is very bittersweet to have a child turn 21. I have…

Skipping Through Life

  My daughter’s outreach team in Cyprus Our 20 year-old daughter just returned from six months in Cyprus. This was her second year in a missionary-training school. Her daddy and I spent the last couple of days getting ready for her homecoming. And when she finally walked through the door, our hearts flooded with joy. It…

Awakenings

Divided by long, prosaic interludes, life is a series of awakenings. I don’t know about you, but I have had several “revelations” that have so desperately influenced me that they have divided my life into two parts: before and after. Sometimes awakenings have occured because of unexpected happenings; while at other times, the most mundane things have grabbed my attention and…

‘Fractured Fairy Tales’

Recently we had a group of friends over for a Shabbat celebration and meal. Someone mentioned the old program from “Rocky and Bullwinkle”… “Fractured Fairy Tales.” Well, I hadn’t thought about those cartoons for decades! And the idea flooded my heart and mind with a deluge of warm memories… sitting around the tv after school with my sisters and…

Barefoot-Summer Days of Childhood

I enjoyed summer so much more as a child than as an adult, especially since I moved to Texas from Colorado in 1975. I have never gotten used to the heat here… still find it unbearable. Texas is what my dad calls disdainfully, “A swelter pit.” What keeps me here of course is my dear, sweet,…

What Happened to that Little Girl?

Last evening, we ate dinner with a lovely Italian family from our church. I especially say Italian, because they are proud of their ethnicity; and I am fascinated by it as well. We have known them for many years. They have five bright children; and their parents, in their 80’s, live with them a few months…

A Father’s Look

Wayne and I have been away from our daughter for over two weeks now. We talked to her on the phone this morning. She said she was missing me so much that she read every post on my blog! Ha! Something she would never do if we were home and crossing paths each day. I…

‘Love You Forever’

I never could identify with the person who doesn’t enjoy a catnap in the middle of the day every now and then. It is a rare privilege in the hectic schedule of life to lie down in the afternoon and close my eyes for few minutes, but I relish the opportunity if it comes. It refreshes…