Several years ago our family went to the beach on vacation and left our spaniels, Rip and Dixie, in the care of a teenager who lived next door. We were more than five hours away when the young man called to tell us some bad news. Our dogs were inside the house. They were locked […]
Author Archive | Laurel Griffith
Note: Laurel Joyce Griffith frequently writes here on faith and parenting. She left last week for the trip she is describing here. After you finish reading this story, please check out her blog and catch up on trip updates… This weekend I leave for Haiti, where I’ll be serving with a mission team from Daphne […]
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My son had tears in his eyes when he got off the bus. A group of boys —his classmates and friends— spent the day taunting another child. The “target” was the son of a garbage collector. This newly discovered fact caused a rumble in the pecking order and an opportunity for some unkind “fun” at […]
In my imagination . . . I decorated a full and beautiful tree with sentimental ornaments and glittering lights. I carefully wrapped each perfect gift right after I mailed the adorable family photo cards. The house sparkles, the menus are planned and the pantry is stocked. Of course we’ll deliver homemade goodies to friends and […]
We use Affiliate Links in many posts. It allows us to keep our site up and running smoothly. You can find more info on our Affiliate/Disclosure Page. Thank you so much for your support! I’m dating myself with this brief trip down memory lane. In my third grade classroom biographies filled our shelves. I read them all […]
Have you ever felt lonely? Have you ever wished for deeper relationships? Have you wondered how to move from the pleasant but superficial communication to deeper and soul satisfying connections? You are not the only one.
(Note: This post was originally published on this site under the title “What Not to Say.”) I’m a talker. I like to discuss political issues, what my kids are doing, the last book I read and where to find the best sales. I like to chat on the phone and with a friend over coffee. […]
This week I unpacked my collection of children’s books. In the process, I couldn’t resist opening the covers and turning a page or two. I remembered when my little boys argued over who would sit in my lap and snuggled close so they could see the pictures. A Mother for Choco delighted the busy toddler; Commander Toad made the kindergartener chuckle […]
A few of us have deep relationships that span decades— all the way back to the days of braces and sleepovers. Some of us have friends scattered across the country and we continue to make the effort to stay connected and involved in each other’s lives.