Category Archives: Family Life

To my 4 little children – October 20, 2011

Oh, little family, you’re growing up way too fast.  I’ve been warned not to blink, because childhood is short.  I’m trying to soak in all of these moments. One of my greatest earthly delights is taking you to the ocean. Our fall vacation this year was no exception.  May God’s splendor always lead you into […]

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New Life

She lay in the softly lit hospital room singing.  Singing gently.  Faintly.  Whatever hymn that came to her mind.  Clenched fists, holding back tears, singing as her belly contracted, teeming with life – new life ready to meet her melodies and this softly lit hospital room. And camera in hand, I sang.  And I prayed. […]

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The Thanksgiving table at my parents’ cozy home in New Jersey has grown over the years.  There have been changes.  Nowadays the sippy cups almost outnumber the wine glasses.  The food is much improved of late since my sister-in-law (with her brined Turkeys, pumkin cheesecakes, and sourdough stuffing) has taken over the operation. But some things […]

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To my daughter, Daniella, on her 8th birthday

Daniella, You love the crimson of a robin’s breast, the serenity and warmth of our woodburning stove, the view from a mountain top, the soft touch of a newborn baby. You love ballet, classical music, quietness, and the colors of autumn. I didn’t train this into you. I didn’t tell you what BEAUTIFUL is. It […]

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Happy 5th Birthday, Anya – Altoona, PA

To my daughter, Anya, on her 5th birthday, When my Nana gives me a present, I can usually expect a mega cute card and a generous check.  She has told me the most fun thing about getting money is that “you get to spend it over and over and over again in your mind before […]

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