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dear honey,

i saw an elderly couple walking the trail today…

and they were a little bent…and moving a little slow…

and he had one hand held fast to his caneand the other hand held fast to hers

and i couldn’t help but hope that’ll be you and me someday…

very sincerely,

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dear daddy-to-mine,

to mine…nine!

oh, my

can you believe it?

you and me! 

we get to share another new little someone!

i mean…just imagine that

and wasn’t that just so…always…like Him?

when i went to press “publish” on that little post the other day

and realized that my 9th monday’s reason to smile

was about our 9th newest little someone!?!

hasn’t He just always been that kind of amazing?

His timing…even in the things seemingly so insignificantis always…just so absolutely amazing like that!

yes…that’s just always been just so like Him

His planting me right in front of you…His setting us on and leading us all along this sometimes-straight-but-more-times-than-not-twisty-turny path…His filling our arms with all these littles all along the way!

all…and every last little bit of it…just in His most amazingly perfect timing!

and, hey…have i ever told you how grateful i am to be sharing this path…and all these littleswith you?

how very grateful i am that they have you for their dad?

well…i am!

and i’m just hoping you’re feeling so very loved by all these littles today…

these mine…and yours!

‘cause you just so definitely are!

more than these…or any other wordscould ever possibly say!

very sincerely,

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dear honey,

so this morning dawned…the sixth one…with this pain in my head still persisting…

this same pain that for years now…off and on…still persists…

and outside our door, this day still needed starting…little people milled about still jammied…lessons still needed to be taught…chores still needed to be crossed off…and that pathetic little tree still stood all trimmed in the front room…

and i still laid in our bed, curled up on my side…listening to this life going on on the other side of that door…

feeling pressed to step out into it…but not daring to move…

my fist pressed hard instead against that one ornery spot on my head…

and then you came in…and knelt right down next to me…and rested your forehead on mine…and asked, “what can i do for you?”


like you always do

and i ungraciously suggested that maybe just removing this tired old head right at my neck might just be the easiest thing to do…for everyone

but you just grinned, “how would i survive without you?”…and sat right down on our bed…and started running your fingers through my all-tangled-up-and-utterly-unwashed hair…and asked if you could read me something…

“will it make me cry?” i wondered…

and with another grin, you plunged right in…and splashed His Word right all over me…

“therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  through Him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us…” 


“count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.  and let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing…”

“but this isn’t suffering!” i objected, “other people are suffering through much worse than this!”

this is just more of me being a burden…more of “when did mama last have her meds?”…and “keep playing quiet while mama still rests”…and “no, not today…that will have to wait…on account of mama’s poor head”…

but you still stroking, blinked back your tears…and caught mine with your thumb as they leaked from my eye and streamed off the edge of my nose…

and reminded me…encouraged me…that this suffering…chosen differently for everyone…isn’t just for me…

but for me…and for you…and for all of our kids…

and is meant

and is purposed

to make us less like thisand more like Him

so i eventually rolled out of our bed…and i swallowed more meds…and i prayed, “please will that they work”…and i encouraged the one to stop throwing his fit…and i sent that other to go make straight his bed…and i showed her the difference between $.04 and $.40…

and when you came to love on me…again…i thanked you for being always too good to me…

and you just knit your brow with a “pfft!”…the “stop being so silly”…

but i am so very thankful for you…for you helping me right my compass this morning…

thankful for this pain…this for me suffering…

and how i want so badly for it to work His good…for it not to be wasted…for it to do what is meant

how wonderful the thought…that He would mean for me…that He would want for me…

anything at all, really!


that He would want for us…that He would love for us…


it’s really just too absolutely…utterlyamazing

and i do…

i do so want for meand for us

to be ever more and morejust like Him!

very sincerely,

– romans 5:1-5 and james 1:2-4

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dear birthday boy o’ mine-all-mine,

happy 40th birthday to you!

my honey!

my lover!

my very bestest friend!

the one He purposed just especially for me!

oh, how ever-so grateful i am that you were born!

oh, how ever-so utterly i adore you!

you’re my very favorite!

very sincerely,


only 29 more sleeps…

– honeymooners (october, 1992)

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dear honey,

guess what i saw today…

a duster!

‘member that one first date…

when you patted that bench seat right next to you…

and invited me to scooch right close?

i miss that bench seat…

very sincerely,

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dear honey,

case in point

heading out today, you paused at the door…your one hand grasping your laptop, the other fishing for keys in the drawer…

and you did a lil’ wiggley-jig with your leg!

incredulous, i inquired…“what are you doing?!?”

unabashed, you replied…“checking to see if my wallet’s in my pocket.”

youlike no one else!

very sincerely,

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dear honey,

i was disappointed in me today.

so i sought you out…you focused on work at your desk…

and i leaned right into you…

and i rested my head on yours…

and i just…was…for a minute.

and then you whispered…“i like you.”

and it was the very best thing you could’ve said

and it was the very best moment of my day

and, oh…how so very much…i like you too!

very sincerely,

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dear honey,

‘member when we were just babies…

…and we had a baby?

and then…we blinked

and we weren’t so young anymore

and there were seven moreplus that one?

what a lucky girl i am!  to be growing up alongside you…

what lucky little people they are!  the luckiest little people there ever was…

to have a daddy like you!

happy…happy…father’s day!

very sincerely,
me (for all of us)

– the very first “father-son” chat (october 24, 1992)

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