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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 […]

When my husband, Eric, and I got married nine years ago, our his-and-hers children ranged in age from five to twelve years old. We each brought a boy and a girl into the marriage and, two years in, we had a baby boy together. From the beginning, we were determined to treat all of the […]

I looked in the fridge and scowled. We’d run out of my favorite coffee creamer. “This stinks,” I muttered. “What stinks?” My teenage son, Jordan, asked. “I ran out of creamer.” “So put milk and sugar in your coffee,” he said with a shrug. I shrugged back. “It’s not the same. I’ve got a big […]

That Girl

By Diane Stark

“What kind of potato chips do we have?” He asked, jolting awake from a nap. I sat down on the bed next to him and smiled. He looked at me and then around the room. His eyes came back to me, and I could see the resignation in his eyes. He’s realized that he’s in […]

It’s Just A Place

By Diane Stark

“One of my teachers asked us to raise our hands if we are planning to live here in Indiana when we are adults,” my 16-year-old son, Jordan, told me. “And no one raised their hand.” “Well, things don’t always work out the way you think they will,” I said. “But not one kid raised their […]

Pressing Pause

By Diane Stark

Pressing Pause

“You might be wondering why there’s a treadmill on the stage this week,” my pastor said one Sunday morning. “I’m going to use it as an object lesson, and my good friend Kyle is going to demonstrate for us.” Kyle walked up to the stage and got on the treadmill. “Take it easy on me, […]

Singing From the Heart

By Diane Stark

Singing From the Heart

“Did you get a solo this time?” My sister asked excitedly. I shook my head, as disappointed as I’d ever been in all of my eleven years on this earth. “No. Did you?” She shrugged one shoulder. “No. I guess we just aren’t a very musical family.” “But I love singing,” I said. “And I’ve […]

“I’ve got a great idea for your mom’s birthday present,” I told my husband, Eric. “Her friend, Sue, moved to Florida last year, and she really misses her. We should send her down there for her birthday gift.” But Eric shook his head. “She wouldn’t go. She’d be too nervous to travel by herself.” “I […]

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