Affection

“Better is an open rebuke than love that is concealed. Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.” (Prov. 27:5-6) Matthew Henry’s Commentary says about those verses, “Plain and faithful rebukes are better, not only than secret hatred, but than love which compliments in sin, to the hurt of the soul.” In The Four Loves, Lewis talks about affection, and the freedom of speech and action that comes with it. Proverbs 25:11-12 says that a wise word to a receptive hearer is as beautiful and valuable as gold.…
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More old pictures

Rollie thinks it hugely funny to use "I" instead of "me" when he talks. So, for example, "you tickled I! Don't tickle I!" Also, "come help I" during school. It sounds bizarre. Melody.... being Melody? It's important for people to see these pictures. I think? Okay, I admit. I just finished up my more imperative leather projects, and I got distracted looking through old pictures. But, I DID get three years of pictures printed into photo books for us. Seriously. That's got to be worth something. Hi Clarke. You still look just the same when…
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Adoption

A letter from my brother Wes, and his wife, Rachel.   "Dear Dear Friends, You've labored in prayer with us for nearly 9 years as Rachel and I have prayed for God to give us children. God answers prayers and for the last 2 months we've been overjoyed to have a little girl, Maisie (short for Margaret Katherine), as part of our family. When you start the adoption process the way we did (private adoption) there is always the possibility that the birth mother will make the decision not to give up her baby. Tomorrow…
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Adulting

We bought a trash can. And loppers. You know, for the weeds we didn't mow before they turned into weed-trees. I think we're moving up in the world.* Don't think we didn't have a trash can before, we did. But it wasn't a very nice one. In fact, it was getting less nice by the day. What's next? Matching dishes? No, surely that would be too adult. My kids are a little wary of me, right now. They give me delicate kisses on the cheek - they're not really a fan of the vampiric-oh-no-my-mouth-is-bleeding-uncontrollably-again thing.…
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