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After All

After All

Today, Jeff and I celebrate 27 years of marriage, and I couldn’t be happier about it. You see, I picked him out when I was in eighth grade. I was at my best friend’s house practicing for our upcoming cheer tryouts, when I saw him. He was shooting hoops with my best friend’s older brother. “Who is that with Ryan?” I asked. “Oh that’s Jeff Adams,” Angie answered. I stared in his direction for a few minutes longer, trying not…

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The Everyday Hero

The Everyday Hero

Earlier this month, we said goodbye to my cousin Joseph Christopher Klatte. Joe wasn’t just a great cousin, he was a great man. As I listened to his immediate family, lifelong friends, and close co-workers share stories about this man who had greatly impacted their lives during the testimony portion of his funeral, I kept hearing one phrase over and over again in my spirit—Joe was an everyday hero. One of Joe’s nephews shared that Joe was a perfect example…

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Mushrooms and Manna

Mushrooms and Manna

“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” (Psalm 34:8, NKJV) Early in our marriage, I tried to make my mama’s Mushroom Potatoes from memory. I knew it called for two cans of mushroom soup, but I couldn’t remember what kind of mushroom soup. So, I used two cans of Golden Mushroom. Problem was, the recipe actually called for two cans of Cream of Mushroom. So not the same. Jeff couldn’t even pretend he liked the dish. In fact,…

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Celebrate with a Children’s Book Today

Celebrate with a Children’s Book Today

  “The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr. Seuss This week has been deemed “Children’s Book Week,” celebrating children’s books that impacted us as youngsters, as well as encouraging all of us to read a children’s book to the special little ones in our lives. Established in 1919, it’s the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country, and as a children’s book author of more than 50…

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The Fixed Hunt

The Fixed Hunt

As we enter this Easter Season, my mind drifts back to the annual “Medlock Easter Egg Eggstravaganza.” It was truly a thing of wonder…one of our family’s best and most treasured traditions. My Mom (otherwise known as Mamaw) took great pride in being the best grandmother in the world, which meant planning elaborate family events such as our family’s Easter egg hunt. She shopped for weeks in advance of Easter, finding every grandchild’s favorite candy, and several special trinkets and…

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Reconnect with Friends: A Resolution Worth Making!

Reconnect with Friends: A Resolution Worth Making!

  “Happy New Year!” you say, hugging your friend. “How are you? Wow, I can’t believe it’s been over a year since we’ve seen each other.” “I know!” your friend responds. “We should really try to get together more. I miss you.” “I miss you, too!” you share. “Let’s do lunch really soon.” No sooner had the words escaped your mouth than you realize you’ve suggested a lunch date, and you usually work through lunch! You were caught up in…

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Date Night—Yes!

Date Night—Yes!

Remember date nights? I actually ended up marrying my high school sweetheart, Jeff, so I truly don’t remember life without him. But, there were several years when our daughters were toddlers that we certainly didn’t feel like sweethearts. We were more like two people who lived in the same house, and eventually collapsed in bed next to each other—sometimes with two toddlers and a dog between us. Sound familiar? Thankfully, I was part of a bible study for young marrieds…

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Shall We Dance?

Shall We Dance?

  Since our oldest daughter, Abby, was getting married that June, Jeff and I decided it might be a good idea to take some dance lessons since we knew there would be lots of dancing at the reception, and we really didn’t want to embarrass ourselves or Abby. (Jeff and I were high school sweethearts and we’ve danced at a lot of dances over the years, but we’ve never danced well. Sure, we’ve had a good time but we truly…

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