Mommy, can I have some candy?

John and I were sitting in a medical waiting room…waiting. There happened to be a young child and his mama sitting in the same room. It was pretty quiet, with people sitting around flipping through magazines, when we heard the little guy say, “Mommy, I love you.” (oh my goodness, how precious is that?) and the mom replied, “I love you, too, Babe.” (so sweet)  After a few moments of quietness the little guy said again, “Mommy, I love you.” (Awwwww…) and the mom replied once more, “I love you, too, Baby.” A few more moments of silence and we heard, “Mommy… can I have some candy?” Hahahahaha! This little guy had it figured out, didn’t he? Just butter ol’ mom up and she’ll give me some C-A-N-D-Y!!! I honestly have no recollection of how the mom answered because everyone in the waiting room was laughing. I-love-you-so-much-now-give-me-some-candy… Is that the CONTINUE READING


Like a Boss

“Good! Because I wanna be the boss of somebody!”  Five year old Maggie and I had been upstairs in her bedroom playing together when she wistfully asked me, “Mama, am I ever gonna be a mama?” Of course I got all sentimental, thinking about someday being a grandmother… only to find out that what my darling daughter was really concerned about was being able to boss somebody around someday! We all like to be in charge, don’t we? We love control.  Recently I asked the question to a Bible study group, “What are you most afraid of?” The first answer came: Losing control. And everybody agreed. We women surely like to manage things, don’t we? We want to be in control of what is happening to our husbands, our children, and our own selves.  We do everything we can to avoid uncertainty.  It’s so. . . scary.  So I asked my Bible study friends, “How can CONTINUE READING