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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

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

Rick Watson

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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Rick Watson.

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

My Dad’s birthday was this week. He would have been 96 years old. Read more

Rick Watson

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The nature of our backyard changed this summer. We have a new swing. Read more

Rick Watson

Some of my favorite memories from childhood revolved around our front porch. Read more

Rick Watson

It takes a thousand choices to get where you want to be in life. Read more

Kari Kampakis

One morning last week as we walked, I saw something in the barnyard that caught my attention: a shard of cobalt blue glass from an old Noxzema jar. Read more

Rick Watson

A mom of five kids (all teenagers) once told me that something they discuss a lot in their home is recovery. Read more

Kari Kampakis

I’ve had a fascination with books for as long as I can remember. Read more

Rick Watson

“My daughter told me I need to get a life,” my friend said, and we laughed because her daughter is in sixth grade. Read more

Kari Kampakis

Of the many lessons I try to teach my children, one of the most essential lessons is to trust their gut instincts and funny feelings. Read more

Kari Kampakis

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