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Day 12 – Crazy about the GOSPL girls! See you again soon.

Two weeks ago I loved my nieces because we’re family. Now I love them because I know them. Two weeks ago we greeted each other with tentative, polite hugs. Today we bear hugged goodbye. Two weeks ago I arrived as … Continue reading

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Day 11 – ‘your mother is on her way home! do you hear? ‘

‘your mother is on her way home! do you hear? oh, what will she do to us? what will she say? oh, she will not like it to find us this way!’ …. ‘have no fear of this mess,’ said … Continue reading

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Day 10 – The weekend comes thundering into town

It’s the weekend. Next week there’s no school. Things get loose. Teenage plans evolve in real-time as messages zip back and forth between all points on the network. Which house will be the ‘get ready at’ house. Which parents will agree … Continue reading

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Day 9 – Everyone on task, ooops, except me!

For the past 420 days I have found a small window in my day to meditate. Usually early morning before the house comes alive. On days with early commitments, it can be as short as 10 minutes. On less hectic … Continue reading

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Day 4 – “I was hoping Mildred would show up someday”

Mamie called to check in with us. She bypassed hello and went straight to “I was hoping Mildred would show up someday”. The spirit-filled grandmother of the 5 angels in my care spoke a truth, that made my heart skip a … Continue reading

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Day 3 – Hunkering down on a cold Saturday

There are two orbits spinning around each other in this household. One is inhabited by the much written about 21st century texting, driving, ueber-busy teen. Two of them, in this case. This is very familiar. Been there, done that … in fact … Continue reading

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Day 2 – Starbucks-Quiche-Texts-from-Peru-Cranks-Christmas

Even though I can sense a web of support surrounding us in this community, we’re flying solo now. Thanks to Viber and WhatsApp all our devices light up in the middle of the night with texts from a faraway place called … Continue reading

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