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Losses, Gains, and a Good Crisis

Remember that time when you were excited to send your first child to Kindergarten? To take a picture of your chubby-cheeked five-year old standing with a backpack hanging past his knee caps, grinning like the Cheshire cat and standing at your front door? When you...

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Reimagining 2020
Reimagining 2020

It has become pretty clear this year is unique. Different. I would even go so far as to say, special. Yes, I think Coronavirus and 2020 are two of those “painful gifts” we hear people, who’ve battled cancer and life-altering situations, talk about with a grace that’s...

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The Beauty of Christmas
The Beauty of Christmas

The kids decorated our tree this year. The whole thing. They strung the lights (and missed an entire bottom section). Actually, they put three different strands of lights on our tree, one white, two colored. Once the lights were up, I pulled the lid off the grey...

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A Word About Calling
A Word About Calling

Here I am. My name is my blog. And there is a picture of my face all smiling and sweet, looking like life is perfect and I have all the answers. Who am I? Let me just get this off my chest, friends, because I have struggled, struggled, struggled through this. Why am I...

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Waiting on the Wind
Waiting on the Wind

You guys!! By God's great grace, something I wrote was posted with (in)courage today! I am so grateful for this opportunity to share what God has shared with me. You can click on the link below to read more. Thank you friends for all your encouragement to me along the...

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I’d Rather Be Real
I’d Rather Be Real

  I sent this picture out as our Christmas card last year. My husband thought I was crazy. He still thinks I am. We've certainly taken better family pictures, so why I chose this one he didn't understand. But this is my family. This is our house. And...

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I’m Gonna Miss This
I’m Gonna Miss This

Last week, I took the pictures off my walls and I cried. The red-eyed ugly cry. I took the curtains down that my neighbor, Judy, hemmed for me and I cried some more. I sat on the bench behind home plate and watched one of the last neighborhood baseball games in our...

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The Sanctity of Summer
The Sanctity of Summer

I call it “distracted mothering” and I’m really good at it. Too good. It might be a text, or an e-mail, another child, or a floor that needs sweeping. It might be laundry or lunches or washing my hands. It could be a conversation I’m trying to have with a friend or a...

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