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On Parenting Myself
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Abby writes. She sits down at my computer and types there, hunt and peck style. She wants pictures and chapters and today she came to me asking for help to find the punctuation with two dots.  I thought she meant ellipsis and tried to tell her there are never two dots, only one or three. She was patient with my slowness, fetched a book...

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Dear Friend, No One Has It All Together
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Dear friend, I got your message. I hate what happened to you this past week. You were judged as a parent by a bystander. An old man watched you chase your toddler into the street and chastise him. He called out to you and warned you not to be so hard on your little guy, lest you break him. It hurt, this flash judgment....

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A Grateful Heart is a Happy Heart
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  This little patch of internet that I call home is approaching its five year anniversary this fall.  I cannot link back to those first posts because unfortunately, I closed down my old blogspot home. I regret that.  Many of my readers are new, but the old faithful followers who were with me in the BlogSpot days will remember my journey through gratitude (followed by...

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Coffee and Tea, a poem
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  Conversations with Coffee and Tea (Law and Grace)     Coffee:   Get up! Get up! Hurry now, you can’t be late. Drink me standing up; you don’t have time to sit. Gotta get to work, now. Of course I am bitter; what else would I be!? And how dare you mention it; terribly rude of you. Don’t be a baby: doctor me...

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Stitchfix
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Stitchfix

Jul 17, 2014 by

For my 31st birthday, my birthday present to myself was to try out Stitchfix, an online styling service.  It’s not for everyone, but it might be for you, so if you are interested, read on. First of all, I don’t like shopping.  It’s exhausting and I frequently come home with odd pieces. Secondly, I rarely get time to shop.  Thirdly, if I do have the luxury of...

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Unplugging
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Unplugging

Jul 14, 2014 by

Soberly considering these thoughts by Ruth Haley Barton from Spiritual Rhythms. (Also, maybe one day when I grow up I will be able to spell “rhythm” on the first try.) “Exhaustion sets in when we are too accessible too much of the time. A soul-numbing sadness comes when we realize that a certain quality of life and quality of presence is slipping away as...

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Seven Years and Seven Months
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We are finishing up our first staycation.  We were planning to take a little trip to Kansas City, but as the days went by, I realized that I was more stressed out by the thought of trying to fit it in between summer school, VBS, birthdays, and swim lessons than I was looking forward to it.  So we scrapped that plan. Plan B: staycation....

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Dear Abby, (On Being the Oldest Child)
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Dear Abby, You will turn seven years old this week.  I was just a baby myself when I had you (24,) and your daddy and I were still navigating this relationship called marriage when you arrived on the scene.  We were one month shy of our two year anniversary when you came on July 4, 2007 Sometimes I just want to grab your face, look in your big...

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Facing Unforgiveness
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Facing Unforgiveness I’ve heard it all. I’ve heard all the Christian messages on unforgiveness. It’s a poison intended for our enemy that we actually drink ourselves; we should forgive seventy times seven times because of how Christ forgave us; it produces the bitter, ugly fruit of resentment in our hearts. Been there, done that. But nothing helped. I prayed and cried and begged to...

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