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I Remember

Twenty-five years of love came on Valentine’s Day

I remember

You appeared twenty-five years ago – slowly and quietly.

You were a good size – 8 pounds 2 ounces.

You love Christmas trees.

You loved to be rocked by your dad.

You broke out after eating lots of strawberry yogurt when you were 2.  You wouldn’t eat anything else.

You loved both of your dogs.

You loved legos.

Robin Hood was one of your heroes.

You were cute in your Robin Hood costume that you wore frequently.

You like to watch Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Hockey on roller blades in the driveway was a favorite pastime.

The garage door suffered the most.

You played little league baseball and participated in karate for a while.

Nerf wars in the rec room were always a highlight.

Sleepovers at our house with the guys included

filming hilarious videos,

pizza eaten at all hours of the night and morning,

more Nerf wars,

games outside in the dark,

scaring the dog,

and laughing all night long.

You taught yourself how to ride a bicycle without training wheels.

You loved to be read to and then to read.

Drums were played loudly by you.

You ran your car out of gas numerous times.  We charged you $5 to rescue you.

Grandma was the first to notice the dent in the car from a mailbox.

Yes, I put a big ding in your car recently.

You and your brother enjoy being brothers now.

You drove from one coast to another.

You obviously loved school since you kept going to the master’s level.

You are truly a remarkable young man.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Birthday!

With lots of love,



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Thank you God for Dads

Thank you God for Dads

who love God

who love their wife

who love their kids

Thank you God for my dad

who loves me

who fixed everything from broken toys to broken cars

Thank you God for my kids’ dad

who I love and who loves his kids

Thank you God for my father-in-law

who did a great job of raising his son to love his wife and his kids

Thank you God for my grandfathers

who raised my parents and loved me

Thank you, Dads

for loving God, your wife, and your kids!

Happy Father’s Day!

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Brandcenter Graduation!

What a fun time!

An amazing 93 graduates who live life exuberantly!

who do pre-claps!

who laugh!

who love!

who have studied hard!

who have learned much!

who are ready to share their creative talents!

who live life fully!

This is a small video of their graduation ceremony.  My son is at 1:12.  This youtube video gives you a glimpse of a group of people who celebrate life and each other very well!  They clapped throughout the entire 93 students from beginning to end!  What love!  What joy!  It was delightful celebrating their success at completing a master of science degree in communications.  You have much to celebrate, and your families are so proud of what you have done.

Congratulations to the Class of 2010 Brandcenter Graduates

of Virginia Commonwealth University!




Graduation speaker Jim Stengel’s speech can be found at Jim Stengel, Brandcenter Graduation Speech.

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A Lullaby

Mother’s Day is this weekend.  Just remembering tucking my boys in at night

many years ago!

Good night, Adam and Jason!

Hope your day was a day of celebration and living well!

Love you lots,


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#1 Colts’ Fan

Colts’ fans do the craziest things and are extremely loyal.  However, I think the #1 Colts’ fan may be in my family.  My son, who is a graduate student looking for a job, was interviewed by an advertising agency in Boston.  The conversation went something like this.

Boston:  So what do you think about living in Boston?

My son:  Well, I have to be honest. I’m not that excited about it.   I know that living in Boston means being a Pats (New England Patriots) fan.  I just don’t know how that would work.  You see, I am a life long Indianapolis Colts’ fan.  I grew up going to Colts’ training camps in Anderson, Indiana, and I just don’t think living in Boston will probably work for a Colts’ fan like me.

Boston:  It just wouldn’t feel like home, would it?

My son:  That’s exactly right.

Boston:  Well, my husband works for the Pats so I appreciate your honesty.  If an opening becomes available in New York, we’ll let you know.

Well, for our son, Colts’ loyalty means not taking a job in Boston.  I think that makes him the #1 Colts’ Fan.  Son, we are so proud of you and hope you get a great job where you can continue to support your Indianapolis Colts so faithfully.

Go Colts!

You know you could say “it is what it is” – a job

the “. . . or is it” might just be something about loving the Indianapolis Colts!

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It is not what you keep from a child that will save him,

not what town you move him to.

It is what you put into him in the first place.

New York Times editorial after Littleton

As parents, teachers, children’s pastors, what are we putting into our children?

What are the most important “things” to put into our children?

How do we accomplish this?

Something I am thinking about.

What do you think?

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To my 2 nieces, Andrea and Morgan

This is for you.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day and Happy Birthday!

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Esther Zurcher

Her obituary begins

Esther M. Zurcher, 89, a life long resident of Berne, Indiana went on to meet her Lord at 7:20 p.m. Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at the Swiss Village Retirement Community in Berne.

Esther was born on August 27, 1920 in Adams County, Indiana the daughter of John and Aldina (Ebnit) Zurcher, both deceased.

Esther was a member of the Berne Nazarene Church where she was very active in various committees of the church. She had worked at the former Berne Nursing Home of West Main Street and as a cook at the Palmer House Restaurant. She became a resident of Swiss Village in October of 1995 and was transferred to the Swiss Village Health Care on Nov. 29, 2007.

Esther is survived by a sister, Florine Zurcher Zuercher of Ashland, Ohio; a sister, Elizabeth Zurcher Wickland of Tucson, Arizona; a brother, Leonard Zurcher of Fort Wayne, Indiana; a brother, John Jr. Zurcher of Berne, Indiana; a brother, Allen Zurcher of Lyndale, Texas; eleven nephews, and thirteen nieces.

Esther was preceded in death by brothers, Harry, Floyd, and Norman Zurcher, and one nephew.

Obituaries just give the facts–not the story–not the person behind the words.

The story of Esther Zurcher that I know

my aunt

my dad was her youngest brother, the baby of the family

3rd of 9 children, 6 boys and 3 girls

helped with the farm chores since she was one of the oldest

helped with the milking of 20 cows before modern milking machinery

helped harvest 60 acres of corn, each ear done by hand

lost her mother when she was a young teenager

took over the household chores and raising the younger children with her sister

the youngest brother was an infant

with 9 children and no mother, the advice was to “farm” the younger children out

family glue of the John Zurcher family

wrote a letter every week to her 3 brothers who served in the military

kept the letters that her family wrote to her for decades

wrote letters when her 2 brothers were overseas missionaries

always knew what was happening to everyone in the family

compiled the family geneology

served as the communication hub for the family

her distinctive manner of speaking

her salt and pepper shaker collection

her love for her church

cared for her dad until he passed away

always welcomed the family for gatherings

which included

lots of loud talking

loud laughing

loud game playing

lots of beef and noodles

rice krispie treats

(always made a second batch if necessary, which was usually)

homemade ice cream

and Esther who made sure that everyone was taken care of.

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Childhood Treasures

Today I thought perhaps I had joined the ranks of the mothers who threw away valuable sports cards.

Text from my son:  Do u know where all of my sports cards at the house are?  They use to be under the bed…not sure if they r still there or not.

So the crisis begins.  I break out into  sweat, because I remember going through lots of sports cards, and I’m not exactly sure what I did with them.  Onward and forward though, I check under his bed, and they are not there of course.  I am trying to finish a paper for my graduate class and also have texts coming in from a friend.

In my mind, I remember cleaning both of my sons’ rooms after they left for college, trying to decide what to keep and what to dispose of.  I did remember while I was cleaning and looking at their sports cards and Star Wars cards, that a friend’s mother threw away his sports cards which would have been worth tens of thousands of dollars, and I didn’t want to be that mom.  However, I couldn’t find my son’s cards today.  I checked under the bed again, looked through all the dresser drawers, and opened every box in the closet.  No sports cards.  What next?  I knew that I didn’t throw them away, but where in the world did I put them?  I went to my other son’s bedroom next and looked under the bed first.  I found the cards.  YES!  I have retained my favored mother status.

Fun thing:  What was so important in the box of sports card?  a rookie card?  a special sports card?  NO, he was concerned about where his autographed picture of Peyton Manning was. He does have some valuable sports cards that were important to him, but Peyton was on his mind.

The autographed picture was found and is safe.  My son will have a happier birthday knowing his treasure has not been lost.

Thought for the Day – Keep your treasures safe and away from your mom in case she just happens to go on a cleaning binge!  Enjoy!

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Making Momma Proud

Things for Sons to Do to Make Their Momma Proud

plan for the future beyond your next meal

open doors for ladies

let your mother enter first

say thank you

treat others kindly and with respect

get your haircut occasionally

tell your mother what you are learning about life

share your dreams with your mother

share your successes with your mother

endure the embarrassment of a proud momma

help your mother with her computer problems

introduce your girlfriend to your mother

tell your momma your plans – she is interested in your life

remember your momma loves you like no one else

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