Learning How To Walk Again

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I was stuck.  The movements had been erased from my memory and my heels were planted so deeply into the mud, that I couldn’t budge.  Even if I wanted to. And I didn’t.  That’s the problem.  I didn’t want to talk, walk or listen. Any more.  I was stalling…and it was going to take the […]


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. […]


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 […]


Five (Simple) Tips For The Stressed Out Mama

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Some call me a mommy blogger.  Some call me crazy.  I would rather be called September, mama to ten, and totally not stressing over the little things in life. Well, and then I blog about it.  For you.  Because I want you to know that life gets easier, funnier and less stressful as your children […]


A Remedy For A Ruined Day


The dishes were left on the counter last night.  The washing machine was full of wet clothes from yesterday morning, and as soon as I stepped my feet onto the wooden floors in the entryway, I could hear bickering.  Someone was upset they didn’t get the last of the milk, and another squabble in the […]


Where We Can All Learn A Little Bit About Stewardship

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Early morning times with my children are my very favorite moments as a mom.  I often learn more about each of them, and what they are learning about Jesus.  I can see it in their eyes, hear it in their questions, and when they beg for me to not stop reading. Just the other day, […]


For Laughter Truly Is The Best Medicine


I am sure the nurses were a little taken back the morning we were admitted to the ER when they pulled back the curtain to our small transfusion space to find laughter. This wasn’t a band-aid and send home visit, and the circumstances were not so lovely, but there was a surreal space around me […]


In Sickness And In Health

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The face that I always see when I look up from any infirmity is the tawny, sun-bronzed face, with deep hazel eyes looking back with love and concern.  My builder man has carried me into hospitals and out over the years, and is always there holding my hand and making me laugh and smile through […]


It Is Really Not About Doing Too Much, But Rather WHAT I Do

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I was not brave that day.  Actually, I was being brave, but I surely did not “feel” it.   Going through the motions is more like it. I suppose you have been in a situation like this before?  Where you know what you have to do, but your heart and mind are about ten steps […]


When Spring Gives Life To The Make-Over Madness


Every morning I open the front door and step out onto the porch to feel what God has for me in the day.  I stand long enough to know one thing ~ Can we open the windows and crank open the Wedgwood blue door to let the sun and the wind blow the air straight […]