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On Making Life Too Hard
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I am an archeologist on a dig.  My dig uncovers fossils of my own soul buried under years of life-debris. Mindless habits, bad habits, tired habits. I pick them up, examine, discard. I unearth shapes, figures, and tiny delicate constructions of myself that I have not known. For years, I have said in my mind and out loud that I was not good at organization, but I have...

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Good and Exhausting
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It’s 7:47 p.m. and I have already put the kids to bed.  I am craving a book. A book I haven’t read before with real pages to turn and a story to fall into like a dead sleep. I took a walk tonight with all four kids alone, Isaac and Susanna in the double stroller. Abby asked me why I seemed stressed and I...

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Something Sacred
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Something Sacred

Aug 22, 2014 by

When Abby was born, my first baby and I was not yet 25 years old, I brought her to church on a Wednesday night; she was only two weeks old.  I still remember one lady danced around me in glee exclaiming, “It’s a miracle!  It’s just a miracle!” I eagerly passed Abby around, and as each person received her, she continued to exclaim, “Isn’t it a miracle?!”...

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My Best Potty Training Advice After Three Kids
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  Isaac has been potty-training all week, which means that Mommy really, really needs a date night Friday (yep. It’s happening!).  In this cute picture of him and his little sister, I cropped out his bare bum, because he has no pants on.   You’re welcome. When we were in Branson recently, we passed that building with the statue of King Kong climbing the...

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God in the Details
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Our pastors challenged us this week to look for God in the details of our lives. Proverbs 16:33 says, “The lot is cast into the lap, but every decision is from the Lord.” I remember a story.  The summer after Isaac was born, Tim and I decided to get away for our anniversary.  We knew we wanted to drive, we knew we wanted to...

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Hydration
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Hydration

Aug 17, 2014 by

I’m pretty partial to my hibiscus.  I had one in Buffalo, but it didn’t survive the move because I was just a little busy with oh you know, a few things … It thirsted for my attention, but I had no extra at the time, and it died a slow death. I was so sad. When my grandmother passed away in early May, my...

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Starting School
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Starting School

Aug 15, 2014 by

What a week.   Here, at the end of it, I think I’ve stored up the feelings, rather like a deck of cards, instead of examining them each one as they came. So they sit a little heavy, that deck of emotions, but that’s ok, because it’s Friday.  It’s time to sort, sift, and let it be, let it be, let be, let it...

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