Category Archives: Faith

A Hundred Reasons to Cry or Smile by Betty Mason Arthurs

  I love to stare at this photo of my grandson, Preston, and the family dog, Ella, who sleeps with him each night. Like most dogs, she’s a goofy friend whose energetic play brings smiles and laughter to all of … Continue reading

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My Dog Keeps Me on My Knees

I have to admit, when I am on my knees praying I don’t stay very long as it hurts my knees. It’s down, a few words, and up as quickly as possible. While on my knees in this humbled position, … Continue reading

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In the Meme Time: Hold On

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Happy Birthday, Mother

Today is my mother’s 92nd birthday, the first one since her death four months ago. Today I am acutely reminded of my loss. I will be glad to get through this day, to have checked off one more “first” without her. … Continue reading

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Diamond Ring and Christmas by Betty Mason Arthurs

Diamond Ring and Christmas by Betty Mason Arthurs Christmas time brings both happy and painful memories. Today, I share one of a father’s love and his gift. A father kept a memorable gift tucked away in the top drawer of … Continue reading

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Church at the Nursing Home

(This post first appeared on Parenting With a Smile in July, 2016.) Rollin and I went to church on a Thursday afternoon in Minnesota with his 93-year-old dad at his assisted living home. Folding chairs lined the activity room and … Continue reading

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Today I am Sad…But Not Without Hope

I am very sad. I know it will not always be so, but today, I am very sad. My mother died one month ago. I miss her. She lived with us the last 20 years of her life. I was … Continue reading

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