Once upon a Family   by Margaret Daley

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If truth be told, he still felt舒unsettled. He couldn舗t change what had happened, yet he couldn舗t quite put his past behind him. Peter strode to his desk and sat. The best way to help himself was to help someone else. Seeing the pain in Laura and Sean Williams confirmed in Peter舗s mind what he should do. For the past six months he couldn舗t shake the feeling that the Lord wanted him to do more with his life. Being the principal of the high school and being involved in his church as a deacon weren舗t enough.

Not as his principal. 舡 A closed expression instantly covered Laura舗s pretty features. 舠I舗m sure there舗s another way then. 舡 She nodded, her stress showing in the white-knuckle clasp of her hands. 舠Someone helped me once. I want to return the favor. Paul Henderson, my foster father, died last year. 舡 Pain edged its way into her eyes. 舡 Laura rose. 舠I know you舗ve got chores to do, and I don舗t want to keep you. Thanks for bringing Sean舗s work. 舡 A polite mask pushed the pain from her expression, but the hands at her sides trembled slightly.

He shrugged away and plodded toward the entrance of the barn. Laura blew out a frustrated breath and followed, slowly counting to ten, then proceeding to twenty, then thirty. By the time she reached it, her tensed muscles relaxed and her resolve to enjoy this outing returned. 舠Mom! She舗s so cute. 舡 Matthew struggled to hold a squirming black-and-brown puppy against his chest. 舡 Joshua tried to take the animal from his twin. Before there was a tug-of-war with the twenty-pound puppy as the rope, Laura hurried forward.

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