Good fun with badminton, cooking and cutting hair at home, and more (7 Quick Takes)

We kicked off summer by ordering a badminton set, and it arrived this week. Our boys are quickly mastering the sport and surpassing me in skill.
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Finches and freedom

Freedom is a God-given gift for each of us, given to be used not just to let us grow and thrive, but to let us act and serve out of love for others around us.
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Welcome to July

July is my favorite month of the year. I love the fullness of the heat and the humidity.
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Our first grill, a car parade from afar, a 49th anniversary gift, and birdcage liner (7 Quick Takes)

In the excitement about getting pet birds, I have failed to acknowledge another significant change for our family. We got a grill.
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Making a real hash of things

Maybe today you’re looking for something even more important than hash browns. Maybe you’re searching for hope or peace or comfort or an answer to a difficult problem.
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Welcome to the summer of low expectations

Most years when the school year ends, I take off from work for the first week of summer break. The boys and I have a week of fun. We hit arcades, eat and explore our way through the area, and sometimes throw in an overnight trip to see our cousins in New York. This year...
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Introducing…

Our younger son has loved birds for as long as I can remember. And, at some point during this pandemic, he started asking for a pet bird.
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Greeting uncertainty with optimism

Uncertainty can be scary. But just because the future is unclear doesn’t mean that what lies ahead is terrible.
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St. Anthony’s feast day, feed the hummingbirds, the perfect egg sandwich, and more (7 Quick Takes)

Even though St. Anthony may have had a way with words, he is quoted as saying, “Actions speak louder than words; let your words teach and your actions speak.”
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99 Flyswatters on the Wall…

Everyone needs a little project during this stay-at-home time.
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