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Relationships Matter

I was reminded today that relationships matter.

A former football teammate of mine at Clemson called me. Ogden and I have only talked one other time in the more than thirty years since we graduated. He called because he heard my stepmom died recently and he wanted to know how I was doing.

It was

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When Grief Comes

When grief comes, I am not alone.

Friends show up, pray, call, write, text, email, and send cards. God’s presence understands, comforts, and guides. I hear about other people’s grief and I pay attention to their pain.

When grief comes, I feel:

Tired–because grief steals your energy. Thankful–because my loved one is free. Sad–because that

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A Positive Step

One of three Americans are now a stepparent, stepchild, stepsibling, or some other member of a stepfamily according to the National Stepfamily Resource Center.

And yet many times when we use the prefix, “step,” in regards to family there is an assumption that the relationship is less than or not as good as. While this

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I Remember

I remember:

How pretty and stylish she always was. She made my father laugh when I thought grief had stolen his laughter. She sat in the middle of the bench seat in the car so that she could be closer to my Dad. How she gently taught me to use proper manners in nice restaurants,

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