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 … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

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, … [Continue reading]

Sneak A Little Fall Into Your Weekend Meals

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  Are you resisting the move out of summer and easing your way into fall?  I can't fight it any more. My children are asking for cookies and the kitchen is calling my name. I have been finding the delicious smell of baking is drawing … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

For All Of The Firsts We Will Live This Week (and in our hearts forever)

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Bending low to weave her top button through her knit sweater and brushing the wisps of honey hair from her forehead brought me into a fast break to reality. This is her first year of Kindergarten.  And the freckles that spot her cheekbones, … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

The Unspoken-It’s In The Little Things (repost)

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My legs were so stiff from trying my new exercise video,, but I knew that this walk at the park in the morning hours would help stretch the muscles that seemed so tightly bound.  Three laps I promised myself.  As my usual self - my pace was fast and … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

Easy Pancakes Gone Wild-Big And Small Family Living Recipes

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Breakfasts in this country home are infamous for completing any meal. (with bacon, of course.)  Breakfast, lunch or dinner -  we serve pancakes gone wild. We get creative and absolutely LOVE this family recipe we will share with you today.  We … [Continue reading]