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    Life as I Know It

    Lazy Summer Evenings

    Do you ever have one of those lazy summer evenings that just strike you as being special for absolutely no particular reason? Maybe it's the mere existence of a rare night with nowhere to be, perhaps it's a break in the weather, or maybe it's just a good meal off the grill and dinner together that makes these summer evenings so special. Friday was one of those nights.

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    Applesauce and Pizza Birthday Surprise

    Well, I am officially celebrating the last of my 40s and if last week’s birthday surprise is any indication of what’s to come I am so hammering down on the birthday brakes right here folks. The day was certainly one I won’t forget with a spectacular 2:30 a.m. start as my eight-year-old son woke up running a fever. A thermometer, a cool rag and a dose of Advil signaled the end of my sleep and the start of my day. Of course I had this whole fabulous day planned out, which was slated to start with brunch, end with dinner and contain some serious shopping in between. I was going…

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    Are You, or You, or You Headed to Church?

    Sometimes on Sunday mornings as I drive or ride to church, I like to imagine who else on the road is making their way to worship. While sitting at a red light or waiting my turn at a stop sign, I try to peek into the cars around me to see if someone’s clothes or the look on their faces might give me a clue to their destinations. I realize ties and smiles are not accurate indicators of someone’s path to church, but it’s all I have to work with unless I spy a “Jesus is my copilot” bumper sticker (and even at that, one never knows). My boys and…