Expectations by B.J. Bassett

Expectations   Many years ago, I was expecting our daughter and her family to arrive for Christmas. I’d taken the day off from work to enjoy spending time with them. Shortly after they arrived they left again to do some last minute shopping, and they didn’t ask me to join them. My heart sank. It wasn’t what I’d expected.   The door closed behind them and I slumped into a…

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Book Review: The Second Half by Lauraine Snelling

Bestselling author Lauraine Snelling shares a heartfelt story of a couple who put their plans for a peaceful retirement on hold to assume guardianship of their young grandchildren. Mona and Ken Sorenson are approaching the best years of their lives. Mona’s greatest concern is that Ken will learn of the surprise party she’s planning for his retirement from his job as Dean of Students at Stone University. They’ve already been…

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Acrostic Poem by Penny McGinnis

                        Thankful for: Treasured time with my husband. Houseful of children—now grown. Amazing grace—Jesus love. Nature Knowledge and wisdom. Family— immediate, extended, church, work, friends. Unconditional love from my dogs. Lovable grandchildren. Colossians 2:6-8 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him,rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as…

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A Grateful Heart by Martha Rogers

Thanksgiving has always been a special time in our family. I am most thankful for our family that has now grown to eighteen members with number nineteen due in December. It’s a time to reflect on all that God has provided for me and our family in past years. I am thankful to be here to celebrate with our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Although several of them won’t make it…

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