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The Power of Saying and Hearing “I Love You.”

Last week I spent a few days in New York visiting family and catching up on some David's Refuge business.  Before leaving I hid a note for Brenda to discover.  The note was short.  It simply said, "I love you!  When you find this note email me with three reason why you still love me." Even though we have been married for almost 33 years, I felt like a school boy waiting to hear how my girlfriend was going to reply to the note I stuck in her textbook.  Two days ...
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Matt Schmidt: 1990-2016

It is hard to believe that this Friday will mark one year since my nephew Matt Schmidt died in a car accident on his way to begin training as a missionary with Youth with a Mission.  In the blink of an eye his family and friends lives were turned upside down.  The empty chair at Christmas, the birthday uncelebrated, the pictures on the walls and desk that don't change with time, and the absence of his contagious mischievous laughter remind us that Matt is no longer with us.  At times the grief ...
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How Many Children Do You Have?

"How many children do you have?"  It's a question I ask often as I meet new friends here in Florida, and it's a question that is often asked of me.  On one hand it is a very simple question to answer.  We have three boys: Christopher, David, and Daniel.  But here is where it gets difficult.  What do I say if they ask, "What are they all doing now?"  Do I say, "Well, Chris is married and has two boys, Daniel is married and finishing up his Bachelors of Arts, ...
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Grief: The Price We Pay For Love

I love and hate this quote on grief. “Grief is not a disorder, a disease or a sign of weakness. It is an emotional, physical and spiritual necessity, the price you pay for love.  The only cure for grief is to grieve.”  Earl Grollman I love it because it reminds me of how much I loved my son David, my mom and dad, my nephew Matt, and many others who have died and left me to ache the loss of their presence, their touch, their laughter, and friendship. I hate it ...
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Why Me?

Like many of you I have a morning routine that helps me enter into the day. I get up, grind my coffee beans and make the coffee. While the coffee is brewing, I put out my vitamins for the day and set out everything to make oatmeal later in the morning.  I pour and bring Brenda her cup of coffee, and then I settle into the couch upstairs or out on the lanai to check my email and to stalk all my friends on Facebook. Today as I opened up Facebook ...
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