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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

There’s an art to casting a lure that weighs less than a sneeze. It took a while to get the hang of it, but I soon fell into the rhythm. Read more

Rick Watson

“What makes a marriage work is not the same thing as what makes a date work. … You want somebody who falls in love with your soul and not your body or your pocketbook, because those things fade away.” — T.D. Jakes Read more

Kari Kampakis

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

Sometimes being mindful is harder than you might think. Read more

Rick Watson

I don’t pretend to be a saint — Lord knows I have faults — but I try to “see” people. Read more

Rick Watson

I have a confession: If I had to choose one audience to write for — adults or teenagers — I would choose teenagers. Read more

Kari Kampakis

At lunchtime the other day, I left my office to attend a Chamber of Commerce lunch meeting. The sky was tombstone gray with light mist falling. Read more

Rick Watson

When someone asks, “How are you doing?” they aren’t looking for an elaborate answer. They usually expect a generic response that goes down easy and doesn’t create awkward silences. Read more

Kari Kampakis

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