Abounding in Love

Abounding in Love

In my experience, any business with the Tooth Fairy has always been transactional.  You give her a tooth; she gives you money in return.  But that all changed when Timmy lost his first tooth.

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Patricia Batten
Queen of Heart

Esther, Queen of Heart

We’ve been playing a lot of cards over the Christmas break.  The whole family is in on it and it’s been a lot of fun.  But I can’t tell you that every moment during this break has been “Leave it to Beaver.”  (Sam cried all day on Christmas because Santa was nervy and insensitive enough to give him sneakers!)

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Patricia Batten
Give & Take

Give & Take

I brought Sam and Timmy to the grocery store last week.  Sam wanted to buy stocking stuffers for Rich. He brought a wallet swollen with messy one dollar bills.  We found aisle #7--the candy aisle--and Sam darted over to an enormous bag of Twizzlers.  "Dad will love these," he said with pride.   

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Patricia Batten
Falling Apart

Falling Apart

Have you ever felt like things were falling apart?  Maybe the glass cooktop on your stove is cracked because someone dropped your favorite mug on it.  The repair is costly, so now black electrical tape hides the damage.  You look around and the wallpaper is worn and window treatments are a bit tattered.  There’s a gouge in your wood floor.  Things are falling apart inside the house. 

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Patricia Batten
Giving Gratitude

Giving Gratitude

Clinical psychologists have lately been researching the emotion of gratitude.  This is known as the field of gratitude research.  Traditionally, they say, gratitude is felt and expressed when we’re indebted to another person. 

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Patricia Batten