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I must have shaken the camera when I pressed the shutter button because the image came out fuzzy, but I loved that photograph. I thought cameras were magic. Read more

Rick Watson

Experts say it takes 21 days to form a habit, and while discipline and commitment can make a habit stick, the real engine for success is God’s grace. Following are some habits your family can adopt to keep the school year crazy under control. Read more

Kari Kampakis

The death of George Floyd has once again highlighted the stark reality of inequities and discrimination faced by people of color in communities across the United States, 149 readers say in this letter to the editor. Read more

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Trusting God away from home gets easier with practice. It’s something that all children learn at some point, whether they’re going off to camp, college or a new career. Read more

Kari Kampakis

As we cleaned the kitchen after our friends left Sunday, Jilda and I made a promise to ourselves. We vowed that we would find a way to spend more time doing the things we love with the people we love. Read more

Rick Watson

He chose us over 10 years ago. Early one morning, he was standing outside our great-room window peering in as we sipped our coffee. Read more

Rick Watson

We never outgrow our need for our mom, and only when they’re gone can we see their deep imprint on our lives. We miss their voice, their touch and the way they loved us like no one else on the planet. Read more

Kari Kampakis

I have an elderly neighbor who is going through some changes in his life. Read more

Rick Watson

Our children are going to make mistakes. Whether or not we’re part of the solution is the choice we make as parents. Read more

Kari Kampakis

Since the day I installed the new turntable, Jilda and I have listened to it daily. I’m thankful that we decided to buck the trend and hold on to our old records. Read more

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It’s OK to be mad at God and wrestle with Him, too, especially when there is a gaping hole in our heart. Remember, He is GOD, and He can handle our ugliest emotions, our angriest rants and our toughest questions. Read more

Kari Kampakis

Every human is flawed and imperfect, yet God loves us anyway. Even on our worst days, He loves us at maximum capacity Read more

Kari Kampakis

Her cousin introduced us. Her name was Jilda. We talked after her set, and I could tell there was something special about her. Read more

Rick Watson

The purpose of prayer isn’t to manipulate God or treat Him like a magic genie, but to deepen our relationship with Him. Read more

Kari Kampakis

One day after playing on the playground, he asked us to look around and pick up any litter we saw. As we hustled around picking up scraps of theme paper and old Dixie cups, he said, “We should always leave a place better than we found it.” Read more

Rick Watson

They say God’s grace comes when you need it and not a moment sooner, and I think this explains how my heart began to thaw when I saw Camille, heard her cry and felt the doctor lay her 6-pound body on my chest. Read more

Kari Kampakis

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Sunday was Christmas-tree day at the Watsons’. We were hoping for sunshine. Instead, it was misting rain. The soles of my shoes squished in parking-lot mud, but our spirits lifted when we saw a stand of ice-blue cedars among the Christmas trees. Read more

Rick Watson

On social media, however, we get to skip the real-life challenge of trying to work through differences and instead join tribes. Read more

Kari Kampakis

Jilda and I recently had a minor crisis in our lives: Our coffee maker died. It was a slow, tragic death. Read more

Rick Watson

I find it interesting (and somewhat crazy) that Americans will pack stadiums and pour money into a sport that revolves around one ball. Many people care more passionately about who dominates that one ball than they do eternal matters. Read more

Kari Kampakis

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