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Diane Stark

“Mom, what’s for dinner?” I sighed. It was 7am, and my children were eating breakfast. And one of them just asked me what’s for dinner. It happened nearly every morning. Finally, after being asked about dinner over breakfast one time too many, I asked, “Why do you guys ask me that all the time? It’s […]

The Best Laid Plans?

By Diane Stark

Five years ago, my husband, Eric, and I went to Hawaii to celebrate his 40th birthday. While we were there, we went into an art gallery, and I fell in love with a painting of a Hawaiian sunset over the ocean. It was beautiful, and I knew I had to have it. “Where are you […]

What Works for Me

By Diane Stark

While visiting my sister and her family, I noticed a small notepad sitting on their kitchen counter. On the open page, someone had written a list of dates with a number next to each date. My nephew, Ben, saw me looking at the notepad. “That’s my dad’s weight notebook,” he explained. My mouth dropped open. […]

The Photo Gift

By Diane Stark

“Jules, make sure you take a lot of pictures today, OK?” I told my 14-year-old daughter on a recent family outing. “I will,” she promised without hesitation. She knew how important the pictures were to me. They were very important to me, but they weren’t actually for me. No, I needed lots of pictures of […]

Unexpected Blessings

By Diane Stark

“Do you think we should pay for those ladies’ meals?” My husband, Eric, whispered. We’d headed to Subway to grab some sandwiches after church, and it was obvious that the three elderly ladies behind us in line had attended services that morning as well. They were dressed to the nines, but their outfits were complemented […]

“Mom, how long will it take to drive to the hotel?” My seven-year-old son, Nathan, asked. “Six hours, Buddy,” I answered. He sighed, and I could read his thoughts: he was worried about being bored in the car for that long.  “It’s OK, Honey. I’m going to bring my CDs so the ride will go […]

The Squeaky Sink

By Diane Stark

“Mommy, is it almost time to watch ‘The Squeaky Sink?’” My three-year-old son, Jordan, asked. I nodded. “Yes, Honey, but it’s called The Weakest Link, remember?” He ignored me completely; just like he had the other 16 times I’d corrected him. “I just love the way the mean lady says it when people get stuff […]

Don’t Mention It

By Diane Stark

Don’t Mention It

“Mommy, I’m hungry,” my six-year-old son, Nathan, whined from the backseat. The other kids in the car seconded his complaint. I’d picked them up from school, and now we were headed to the hospital to see their Grandpa. He’d just suffered his fourth stroke and had spent an entire week in the ICU. That morning, […]

A New Message

By Diane Stark

A New Message

“After we’re done grocery shopping, can we get a hot pretzel?” My 13-year-old daughter, Julia, asked. I sighed. I’d known the question was coming – and the temptation that came along with it. “I’d be happy to buy you a pretzel, Jules, but I’m not going to get one,” I said. Her mouth dropped open. […]

Among Family

By Diane Stark

Among Family

“Are we going to see Grandma and Grandpa this Christmas?” My then-five-year-old daughter, Julia, asked. “Yes, I’m going to drop you and Jordan off at their house, and Grandma can call me when you’re ready to be picked up.” She wrinkled her nose. “Why aren’t you going with us?” I sighed. Things were so complicated […]

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