Category Archives: Family

I Told Me So?

I didn’t intend for this “Lessons from my father” series to be about my mother! (But since the two lived together for 65+ years, I guess the overlap is inevitable.) Father often explained to us that his wife had the … Continue reading

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Illusions

My father was not a stingy person. Not by any means. My parents gave generously to many people and many causes, especially the church and Christian education. They were always ready to help someone in genuine need. But even so, … Continue reading

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Keep the Knives Sharp

My father was passionate about the importance of several things: studying the Bible, hard work, integrity in church leadership—and, sharp knives! Though generally even-tempered, if he was given a task that involved cutting and found that the knife was not … Continue reading

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Eat your Lettuce

Through most of my growing-up years, my parents owned a restaurant. We ate most of our meals there, with a nice salad bar available just about any time of the day. My father usually made sure that he had a … Continue reading

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Lessons from my father

You might (or might not!) have noticed that our posts have been quite inconsistent. Without an inspiration, we tend to just “keep quiet.”  But it definitely works better when we follow a theme, so here goes with a new series: … Continue reading

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A Life Well Lived

My father passed away two weeks ago; we have just returned to Kenya after being with family in the States for his memorial. There is so much we could say about Edward Diener. He was born in 1917 as the … Continue reading

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Like a Child: Learning How to Think

Each one of us has a unique way of looking at the world. We call this our belief system, or worldview. People are known to have a secular or Christian worldview, an African or Western worldview, and perhaps a modern … Continue reading

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Like a Child: Who Daddy Says I Am

Knowing who I am in Christ seems to be a really big deal in Christendom these days. I am not sure why it is so hard to convince us, but many of us apparently have a chronic identity crisis and … Continue reading

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Like a Child: Hold on Tight

I was blessed to cuddle with a precious 4-month old baby this evening. The temperatures were cool, so I was holding her closely — face to face. Ha! I was painfully reminded why I chopped off my long hair soon after … Continue reading

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Like a Child: (Just) Enjoy Life

We just spent several days at our neighbor’s beach house on Kenya’s beautiful Indian Ocean. What a privilege!  A sign on the porch, written like a to-do list, reads: Enjoy life Enjoy the beach Have fun Relax Quite a list! It sounds … Continue reading

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