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Ella the Future Litigator? (And an update on my mom …)

I think it’s so funny that Fred thinks our (laid-back, easy-going, mellow little) Ella sounds like a litigator in this movie: (But he may be right … 😉 ) Thanks to everyone for the prayers for my mom. I really do love her so much! And I’m so glad that she survived the surgery and is stable in I.C.U. They …

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UPDATE — Please pray for my mom — Aneurysm Surgery Tomorrow!

I would greatly appreciate your prayers for my mom, Kathy, as she was taken to the hospital by ambulance today for unexplained and profuse bleeding, transfused, admitted, and will be having surgery for an aneurysm in her abdomen tomorrow. All this after fighting off a MRSA infection following an arterial bypass surgery last month and dealing with a wound that …

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Just for Fun Re: Thanksgiving

Yes, I love all of the REAL traditions and details related to Thanksgiving: thanking God (not just being generically grateful), the amazing stories of Pilgrims and Native Americans, etc. etc. But I also like to laugh! So in that spirit, here are three things that always make me chuckle on Thanksgiving … 1. Funny Cartoonists (like this one): 2. WKRP’s …

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Family Conflicts and the Holidays

If you’ve ever listened to my testimony, you know that I come from a bit of a challenging family background. Thankfully, I have a good relationship with my mom, dad, and sister now. But every once in awhile, waves of emotions related to my past will splash over me (and often feel like they’re drowning me). This is especially true …

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Best Buddy

I can’t go into the details, but today was a challenging day parenting-wise. Lots of long, hard conversations. Many tears. Much struggle. But also? MUCH LOVE. All day long, whenever these difficult parenting moments arose, I just kept on coming back, again and again, to the fact that God loves my daughter and I love my daughter and NOTHING (nothing, …

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Presuming the Worst

Fred and I recently had a helpful and relatively profound epiphany—at least it’s been profound for our friendship and marriage. We realized that at the heart of many of our recent quarrels and fights, we were presuming that the other person was upset, unhappy, or frustrated. With us. And usually? We were presuming that the other person was extremely upset, …

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Barthel Men

Fred (the youngest) and his brother, John (3rd of the 5 Barthel boys): Can you tell they’re related? 😉

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Not Accept Prison as a Normal Part of Life

Walking through the tailgate area outside of Candlestick Park last Thursday for the 49ers-Bears NFL game was quite a cultural experience for me. For the most part, I really tried to just be in the moment, relax, and experience something new and interesting. But every few feet, I would instinctively cringe in response to the extremely coarse / vile / …

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Marks of Maturity

HT: Pastor Anyabwile at PureChurch for linking to this great post by Al Mohler on The Marks of Manhood. He makes thirteen points that are all worth reading and reflecting on: 1. Spiritual maturity sufficient to lead a wife and children 2. Personal maturity sufficient to be a responsible husband and father 3. Economic maturity sufficient to hold an adult …

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Only If You Feel Like Having a Little Cry

HT: Challies.com for this link: Please do keep praying for our soldiers, sailors, airmen, guardsmen, and marines; their families; and all of the chaplains serving them too.

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