The Fruit Loops Fiasco

The Fruit Loops Fiasco

Now that the kids are grown they laugh at my equal opportunity style of parenting.  “Mom, do you really think we’d be jealous if you spent more on one kid than the other?”    I remember the Fruit Loops Fiasco. “Mrs. Rondeau, call on line three,” came over the loud speaker. I left my meeting […]

Confessions of a Gardening Sluggard

Confessions of a Gardening Sluggard

A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing (Proverbs 20:4)     I love flowers. I would like to have an attractive flowerbed along the backyard. Sometimes I even dream about velvety roses in the spring and how I would take my coffee out in the morning […]

The Miracle Tree

The Miracle Tree

That year our friends started their You-Pick Christmas Tree enterprise. “Sounds like a good deal,” I told my husband. “Plus, we get to spend an afternoon with friends.” Life is rarely that simple. With temperatures in single digits, we sucked in courage and went to our friends’ country home. Kerry led the way into the […]

The Gift

The Gift

  My brother looked at the belt he had purchased for my father. It was a great gift—a perfect gift for my father’s old belt was frayed and ready to break. “I want to surprise him. But how does one wrap a belt? It’s going to be pretty obvious.” His face brightened as he thought […]