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Preteen + preteen + peacemaker AKA tattletale + one year old = it’s spring but if we dare open our windows someone may call the law. And I might need them to.

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Her pom-poms are perfectly placed. Her bow is beautiful in her brand new beauty salon hair. Her uniform turns her into a magazine-ready midget model and she smiles sweetly every time the camera captures her.

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We were at a backyard party. Daddy was playing in the band. The host had roasted a pig. It was the highlight of my five year-old summer. Maybe I was six. I don’t know exactly. But I do know what color mom’s shorts were. I remember her face as she began to cry in front of the whole company of party-goers.

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Quiet. It is just after one in the afternoon and only the sound of a ticking clock is heard in my home. Quiet here is rare, but three kids are at camp and one is sleeping.

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Upon entering the store I say, “Wow, look at that flower! It is crazy!” My oldest daughter immediately replies, “Yeah, I should probably buy it for you because it matches your personality.” I laugh. Upon exiting the store my second youngest daughter asks, “Where does the water go when you flush the toilet?” I laugh. Then, I think. What if either of those statements had been a text?

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Did I condition my hair ? Where’s the vanilla extract? I’m late. Do my children have socks on? Did I even eat anything today? There’s no way my blood pressure is as high as the doctor said. Take blood pressure myself. Really?! Why is my blood pressure so high?

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In Psalm 68 God is described as a father to the fatherless. It says he sets the lonely in families. Because my dad became ill when I was very young and my family was already quite broken even by that time, this has always been one of my favorite passages. I’m writing tonight to tell you that God is faithful to his Word. This passage is true and that, in addition to actually being Our Father who art in heaven, God does indeed provide both spiritual fathers and families to those in need of such things on earth.