The Real Wars Of This World (and what you really need to fear)

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With a deliberate steady push to the radio dial, I turned the noon report off. We keep current.  We allow our children to know of the world affairs and the local news.  But, with one gentle silence to the news anchor’s voice, I bring the whole world into full circle and allow the silence to […]

September

Give Your Child Every Thing They Want (and the world will lose the gift of gratitude)

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Straight up from the toaster and onto the delicate plate.  Two slices of bread, buttered to the edges and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar.  An even dusting across the top and then neatly stacked to line up the edges.  This is where we would get fancy. As fancy as cinnamon toast goes. With careful and […]

September

Because You’re The Mom Who Just Needs A Little Space (Monday at its finest)

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We are like velcro.  We were born with it as young girls, and we become more sticky as we grow.  And as we move into motherhood, the velcro grows into our skin and we become a part of it. Sometimes not even realizing that we are attached at the hip with little people, big people, […]

September

Tell Them What He Has Done For You (the mountains AND the valleys)

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In 100 years, no one will remember my story.  My life lessons. The only story I would ever want to be re-told is the biggest event in history to change the world. my world.  and my children and prayerfully …their children. this gospel story.  A living and dying and living again. Giving birth to a […]

September

Falling In Love With Your Spouse (all over again)

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The silence was so thick, it pressed on my heart like a vice.  I would sit at the dinner table and inwardly fume at all of the imperfections I felt were looming in the man at the head of our table.  Hearing him rise and leave in the morning turned to relief for me, giving my […]

September

A Meeting At The Well (the faces of motherhood)

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The back of my throat was scratchy and calling the cool water I held in my hands. I had forgotten it was there, it had been in my grip for so long, waiting for a break in the gathering of these precious women. This was the third time I had delivered the same workshop to […]

September

I Wish That I Could Protect You From… (Life)

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Dear Child of Mine It is hard to tell you this.  I do not really have all of the answers you may seek as you grow up. I want you to remember that I wish I could protect you from the cares of this world. But, that wouldn’t be the best thing I could do […]

September

To The Single Mom, You Are Amazing

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She is living next door to you and you may not know, but she is one of the most brave, lonely and courageous woman I have ever known.  She tills the soil day in and day out and doesn’t always have someone to lean on and into when she is weary to the bone. Some […]

September

Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff

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My shirt was inside out through the entire visit with the ballet moms on the waiting bench.  While on a Target run after ballet, and through a speedy – in- store chat with someone who recognized me, and then while zipping through the check-out. It wasn’t until my weary body could stand not one minute […]

September

What Does Your Wall Look Like?

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A newly painted wall does not hold its beauty for a very long time in this home. Fingerprints and scratches, fresh handwritten names in capital letters from the kindergartener births the recognition that a family lives within these walls.  And that is the beauty in it. Just yesterday, I came down the steps to see […]

September