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Godspotting with Sheila · 1Y ago

Grandfamilies: There Is No Neutral Ground

Cadence and Ayden,  Gleeful. October, 2015. Can we talk about turf? I don’t mean the kind you water and mow. I’m talking about territory. Sometimes I go sideways when I forget to consider wh...
Godspotting with Sheila · 1Y ago

Grandfamilies: Every Little Thing

You Are a Masterpiece. And So Is Your Most Annoying Relative.  A foundational truth about life in families: God treasures you. He treasures everyone in your family, too.  My friend Deidra Ri...
Godspotting with Sheila · 1Y ago

Grandfamilies: Leave Room for Dragonflies

One Really Big Dragonfly. Wingspan: Over Six Inches. Sheila, are you okay? My coworker called out. There I stood–or rather, stooped–on the sidewalk leading to our office door. On Monday morn...
Godspotting with Sheila · 1Y ago

Six Wonderful Ways to Foster Silence

Daphne and Me. July 2015. Our grandgirl Daphne looks so much like her mommy that it makes my heart ache. She is just about the age now that her mommy was when she uttered one of the most pot...
Godspotting with Sheila · 1Y ago

What My Tomato Taught Me

My Black Cherry tomato and my black labrador retriever, JD. My tomato plant looks big and busy if you take a quick glance–the vines keep getting longer and the blooms keep coming. But but but, if you look closely at the plant, you notice that the cen...
Godspotting with Sheila · 1Y ago

Grandfamilies: You Go First

Sawyer And Cadence. December 2011. When you’re five years old and your 13-month old brothe...
Godspotting with Sheila · 1Y ago

I’m In The Recovery Room

It is Well With My Soul. Laity Lodge, Leaky, Texas. It’s been quiet around here for the past month as we walked through the valley of the shadow with Rich’s Aunt Jan. She’s gone home now, and we’re slowly resuming our normal routines. I’m honored and...
Godspotting with Sheila · 1Y ago

Grandfamilies: Build Something Together

  Rich and Ayden, Visiting Annie the Miniature Horse. Spring, 2007. Building Traditions Maybe we have already discussed this topic. If we have, then please understand that I am repeating myself because I feel so strongly about it. While you’re rollin...
Godspotting with Sheila · 1Y ago

Grandfamilies: On Helpers

Sawyer, In Daddy’s Gloves, Watering and Watching (photo by Sawyer’s Mommy). When I was five years old, I ironed my father’s cotton handkerchiefs for a penny per handkerchief. (If those wages seem exploitative, remember that at the time, a candy bar c...
Godspotting with Sheila · 1Y ago

Are You Playing Fair?

Christmas Eve, 1973:  My new hospital roommate wastes no time calling her adult children:  I know it’s Christmas Eve, and I certainly don’t want to interrupt your time with your wife and chi...