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Learning to Rejoice

“Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep.” Romans 12:15 One of the things with which I am most comfortable—something I recognize as one of my better qualities—is my ease at mourning with others, holding people when they … Continue reading

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A Girl Named Mary

Nineteen years ago today we were living in Nairobi and I was 4 months pregnant with twin girls. Due to it being my third pregnancy, and the fact that I was carrying twins, I looked and felt “very pregnant”. As … Continue reading

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Banyan House – A Review

I recently wrote an internet review on Banyan House, the organization helping our family refocus and rebuild. Unless you personally scan the internet for information on adolescent treatment facilities (something in which I’ve recently become very engaged), you probably won’t stumble … Continue reading

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November 5th

November 5th  is a date that always gives me pause and forces me to reflect on the “what ifs” of life; this year the day will be more significant than usual. Our first son, Don Isaac, lost too soon on November … Continue reading

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The Road Taken . . . or Not

Preface:  Sixteen years ago today in a small Kenyan court room, Nathan Lane Mogaka added Veatch to his already illustrious name.  This year’s anniversary would have slipped by if not for a spontaneous moment of looking through his baby book just last … Continue reading

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Waiting at the Bus Stop

Last week while walking in my neighborhood I observed an annual back-to-school ritual; waiting at the bus stop. Only 6:45 a.m., the sun was scarcely peaking over the dunes that line A1A and the sky promised a beautiful clear day. With … Continue reading

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Empathy

I recently overheard two women conversing in a check-out line. (Random off-topic note: I am continually astonished by what folks discuss in public. Aloud. Loudly aloud. If, when standing in public anywhere, I ever put a person on speaker phone … Continue reading

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Experiencing Mercy at Animal Kingdom: An Essay

Preface. The Veatch Clan does not often frequent theme parks. While we have nothing against Mickey, Harry Potter, or Shamu, visiting once every five or ten years is usually enough to satisfy our appetites. Yesterday’s trek to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in … Continue reading

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Better Not To Know

At the age of 8 my son Sam asked a “what-if” question that gives one pause. At the time of Sam’s question, Nathan was 2 ½, a sweet, but sometimes difficult boy who had completely changed the dynamics of our family. … Continue reading

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Miracles Abound

After reading about Nathan and Jack’s entrance into our family, a few folks asked, “So what about Sam? What was his birth like?” As all parents know, a family is forever-changed when a child arrives, whether that arrival is through … Continue reading

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