Category: Family

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Letters to the Lord: Wedding Wonder

Over two months ago I promised to post more wedding photos in Letters to the Lord. And then life happened and alas, no more photos. Until now. Last weekend while visiting the newlyweds in Boston, Ashlee gave me a thumb drive with ALL the professional photos and video on it. (Kudos to Peacock Photo and Video). No worries! I’m only sharing a handful of … Read More Letters to the Lord: Wedding Wonder

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Letters to the Lord: Savor

As we are packing to return to the States for at least four months, my mind is a blur of emotions. Such a short time in France, yet so rich. In seven short weeks, we’ve soaked in the wonder of Your people and Your work in France, Lord. My spiritual director has often encouraged me to savor the good, good gifts that come our … Read More Letters to the Lord: Savor

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Letters to the Lord: Taking Time Off

We’re home in France! I am sitting in the chaise lounge behind the house, drinking a cup of chai tea from my favorite mug bought in Aigues-Mortes two summers ago, with my Bible and prayer list and freshly cut ‘belles de nuit’ sitting on the little wrought iron table beside me. This is My. Place. With. You. Lord. Being alone with You in our … Read More Letters to the Lord: Taking Time Off

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Letters to the Lord: Warning Messages

Wonderful Kim Platt joins Letters to the Lord today with a message about Warning Messages. Enjoy! Does your phone ever give you that message, ‘you are off-line’. It usually happens to me when I’m trying to use Google Maps. You know when I’m really trying to find some place or even when I’m lost.  I’m happy to have a bargain data contract on my … Read More Letters to the Lord: Warning Messages

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Letters to the Lord: Reflections on a Life Well Lived

On Saturday, our younger son, Chris, married his love, Ashlee. The whole week has been filled with wonder and wonderful memories which I will tell you about soon. But today, I’m honored to share this blog post from my niece, Meggin Musser, who attended the wedding with her husband and our oldest nephew, Austin. I had the rare privilege joy of spending a few … Read More Letters to the Lord: Reflections on a Life Well Lived

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Letters to the Lord: The Little Girls in the Room

The Little Girls in the Room—Praying with the Imagination Recently, I did a prayer exercise called ‘Praying with the Imagination’ with my spiritual director, Letha. If you’ve never heard of this exercise, the following may be a stretch for you. But stay with me for a minute. Life has been challenging lately. That feeling of Just. Too. Much. Good stuff and bad stuff and … Read More Letters to the Lord: The Little Girls in the Room

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Letters to the Lord: Hilton Head Happiness

The week was everything I hoped for and more, and I was exhausted. When you have twenty-one people spanning four generations together, it can be. Joy and drama packed in together. The second day as Paul and I were finally heading to the beach, our youngest nephew greeted us at the bottom of the steps with: “Sorry to bring bad news but Andrew just … Read More Letters to the Lord: Hilton Head Happiness

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Letters to the Lord: Weeping and Rejoicing

I wrote this over a decade ago, when Chris was home in France during a summer break from college. But it seems strangely appropriate now as we continue to work through all hard, hard things of 2020 and beyond. I am thankful that weeping and rejoicing can coexist in the beautiful paradox of God’s love. They have come here to grieve.  And to celebrate. … Read More Letters to the Lord: Weeping and Rejoicing

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Letters to the Lord: The Day After Easter

It’s the Day after Easter, and I’m so thankful for this day, Lord. And yesterday. Oh, yes. Yesterday. Yesterday we awoke early to attend the sunrise service at Point Park. We joined with over 300 other believers, masked and bundled in the near freezing chill, to worship our Risen Savior as the sun rose in bright splendor to our right, off the side of … Read More Letters to the Lord: The Day After Easter

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Letters to the Lord: Never Let Me Go

I find it almost impossible to believe that exactly one year ago, Paul and I were heading out on a Trans-Atlantic cruise, to celebrate my 60th birthday and our 35th anniversary. Little did we know all that awaited us in 2020 as Covid-19 struck the world. For today, I want to look back on a journal entry I wrote while I was on that … Read More Letters to the Lord: Never Let Me Go

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Letters to the Lord: Mozart, Billy Joel, and Jesus

Ten years ago this month, Paul and I visited Vienna and got Mozart and a whole lot more. Here’s the story: ​ I wanted Mozart in Vienna.  For the entire week of visiting with missionaries who do refugee work on the outskirts of Vienna, I had thought of Billy Joel whose song ‘Vienna’ had captured my heart 30 years earlier when I was a … Read More Letters to the Lord: Mozart, Billy Joel, and Jesus

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Letters to the Lord: Rats on the Beach

Years ago, I got a little surprise at the end of our 20th anniversary celebration in North Africa. And the lesson I learned is still applicable today as life continues to be unpredictable… It had been the perfect vacation, really.  The perfect get-away for Paul and me, the perfect way to celebrate twenty years of marriage.  A trip to Tunisia.  How exotic, we thought. … Read More Letters to the Lord: Rats on the Beach