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Shocking News (A Year of Change – Part 1)

With heavy hearts, my husband and I are going to sit down with our kids tonight and tell them what will be very shocking news.  No matter that this is as common as ever in our country, no matter that they personally know at least a handful of kids who have recently experienced this, no matter that we are doing this for all the “right” reasons, they are going to be shocked, heart broken and dismayed (and that’s just for starters). We are going to alter their lives forever, and believe me, we don’t take that lightly. And because of it, my husband and I are scared to death.

My kids are so happy right now.  Their lives are going along great.  Will they have seen this life-changing event coming?  No – I don’t think so.  Oh, maybe they might look back on it and in hindsight pick up a clue.  Perhaps they’ll recall overhearing a conversation or two.  But …

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Lighting a Birthday Candle

candle1Today we remember my dad. He died when I was 6-months pregnant with my first child.  He would have been thrilled to hear I was having a boy – but I hadn’t told him (or anyone) yet.  Wanted it to be a surprise and all.  Sadly the surprise was on me.

My children know all about their Grandpa Henry because I tell stories – of things he used to say (“Oh, full count.  Pitcher’s in a hole.”) and things he did (like laugh so hard trying to tell this one joke that he never could make it all the way through).  Mostly though, I tell them of his insatiable desire to always learn more.  It kept him young, I think.   That and his good attitude of being appreciative and grateful for all that he had.

Every year now on his birthday, I light a candle in his honor and let it burn all day long (ok – or …

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