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

Dear Children, I Give You Permission To Dream

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The border was yellow like the sun, and the words were in a fancy font, “Spread The Sunshine.”  Scattered polaroids were tacked around the middle with arrows pointing to those I would pray for next. While other teenagers were at the dance or out with their friends, I created bulletin boards for my bedroom, while […]

September

Grumble The Weekend Away (or give your heart a re-set)

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Something is in the air. The Saturday chores are taking longer to finish, the children are squabbling over breakfast and my coffee has lost its normal perk. There is always housework, and preparing for Sunday’s big meal. The chores, the laundry, the entertaining, and the more time we spend working together, the more opportunities to […]

September

Please Pay Attention To Me (The Plea)

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There she was.  Just like every morning, I could feel her head resting next to my hand, waiting for me to softly and slowly rub her head until she felt fully awake. Her eyes glow green in the early morning hours, and my little pre-frenzy gift from God is to watch those eyes come slowly […]

September

Your Calling Is To Be Present In Your Story

We were seated in the middle of a couple hundred folding chairs, under high ceilings built together with wooden beams, with windows opened around the perimeter to let the summer breeze bring any refreshment it could afford. My friends were on the stage in front of me, playing their instruments and singing to the Lord. […]

September

How To Hold Onto Your Love When The World Isn’t Slowing Down

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He flips a coin.  Heads, I hold your hand. Tails, I don’t. Twenty-six years ago, we walked the steep hill in my parents backyard in a courtship of new love. Every year that brushes past us tries to pull us apart with schedules, work, children and busy, busy lives. The coin landed.  Heads.  This man […]

September

Progressive Parenting – Get Out Of The Comfy Chair

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What DO we do when an older child, who has been trained in our home, requires some “correction?” We didn’t send her to the corner.  And we didn’t send her to her room.  In fact, we didn’t really do any….thing… for a while, because we had to figure this one out as parents before we […]

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

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

Daring To Discover The “Me In Motherhood”

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The reality is – there is this struggle in allowing yourself room to breathe. Who is that woman in the mirror today?  Are her thoughts even seeing the beauty God has given her, or the gifts that peek out at her day to day? The tasks and to-do’s can take over the brain as simply […]

September