Photo Friday tells the story of life, and art, and food, and family

Not forgetting, of course, this week's "Photo-Friday" collection. The categories are: 1) The children. 2) The family. 3) Food. 4) Art. Our granddaughter, Beks, is - always - art. She is mesmerizing in and of herself; but once she begins to have fun and accessorize while out shopping with her mama... well... you can see …

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It’s the Simple Gifts (so many smiles for photo Friday)

Devotion to God is, in fact, a way for people to be very rich, but only if it makes them satisfied with what they have. When we came into the world, we brought nothing. And when we die, we can take nothing out. So, if we have food and clothes, we will be satisfied with that. 1 …

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Some Kind of Wonderful

- Saying goodbye in Orlando Tuesday morning Rebekah and I said "goodbye" to our Orlando family and headed back toward North Carolina. What we said goodbye to was four straight weeks featuring various degrees and combinations of our children, our grandchildren, and sundry other relatives. The "month of grandchildren" was, as the song says, "Some …

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Baptizing a new home with family love

Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, Acts 2:46 Eventually the mountain trip with our grandchildren had to come to an end, and we had David and Beks back home in Orlando by …

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Grandpa David Turns 94!

In this summer of big events, my dad has quietly notched up another year around the sun. Our granddaughter Beks, who is going into 4th grade and loves math, said, "If he was 100 he'd be born in 1922 so we just have to add six because 100 take away 94 is six so he …

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a good time made better by love and unity

Look at how good and pleasing it is    when families live together as one! It is like expensive oil poured over the head,    running down onto the beard—        Aaron’s beard!—    which extended over the collar of his robes. It is like the dew on Mount Hermon    streaming down onto the mountains of Zion,    because it is there that the Lord has commanded the blessing:        everlasting life.Psalm 133 …

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When the entire family comes together

Saturday I took Andrew, Alicia, and Mr. T. into downtown Raleigh to look around the Natural History Museum. My grandson is still a little young to engage with the exhibits, but we had a good time walking around and simply being there. Besides, 90% of the things we have wanted to do as a family …

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Alicia’s Birthday Feast

A few days ago I asked Andrew if Alicia would like me to fix something special for her birthday dinner. "I'd like to be wowed," she said. Clarification came in the form of "Branzino" (which is Italian for Sea Bass). The request was rounded out with "Grilled Asparagus" and then "Risotto." You can tell the …

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The choice to love, and to believe, and to live (“It’s what Mauls do”)

- Naomi, Craig, and the children saying goodbye to Miami Rebekah and I have a wonderful family. Our amazing children and their spouses make us happy and proud, then our beautiful grandchildren constantly bring on the joy. When they were growing up, we encouraged Andrew and Naomi to love their world, to learn everything they …

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Passing it on: celebrating four generations of faithful love

There can be a lot that gets passed along, generation to generation. Family stories, history, genes, opportunities, gifts, giftedness, a love for certain things. But probably the most important inheritance turns out to be faithfulness, commitment, and love. We are a family that not only believes we are God's dearly beloved children, but puts that …

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