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Just Thanks
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Just Thanks

Jan 28, 2015 by

 Dear God, Every good and perfect gift is from you.  So, thanks. Thanks for the sunshine this week and the reprieve from last winter’s brutal snowpocalypse.  Thank you that the frequency of sickness in our home has been cut at least in half.  Thank you for Isaac’s golden hair glinting in the sun while he frolicked in the front driveway fighting bushes and imaginary...

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Mom, Are You Doing It Right?
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     This week, my friend and I were visiting and taking advantage of the beautiful sunny weather with a total of eight children between the two of us. Two of the older boys were playing on a playground within sight of my house.  As we finished up our visit, I ran out to collect them, and another mom stopped me, “Do you know that young man?” She indicated...

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Tuesday
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Tuesday

Jan 20, 2015 by

I just wanted to tell you today what I am grateful for.  Because it’s Tuesday, that’s why. I’m grateful for a normal Tuesday, the quiet and the calm of it. I’m grateful I can hear the steady rain soft on my windows and the sound of my baby girl talking and singing to herself in the bathtub. I’m grateful for Isaac’s naptime and for books...

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The Book Eater
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The Book Eater

Jan 19, 2015 by

  Sometimes, it’s easier to talk about books than life, isn’t it? Maybe it’s just me. I put Susanna in her room recently so I could do something uninterrupted, and she did not appreciate the separation. She cried her little eyes out for the five minutes it took to complete the task.  When I opened the door to her room, she stood there right...

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Lessons in Listening
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Listen is my word for 2015. I am astonished at every turn how it calls me out, at how quickly I rush in to fill silences needlessly. I am astonished at how uncomfortable with silence I truly am, and how frequently I try to fix instead of just holding space for what is—in myself and others. God calls me to act, but, I think,...

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Why We Love Books
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I started reading through Judy Blume’s “Fudge” series right before Christmas, starting with Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.  When I read, I can still hear my sixth grade teacher’s voice in my head, reading it to me years ago.  It’s the same with The Princess Bride, which will forever be voiced in my head by Ms. Betty White; I can’t read it without her. If...

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Of Hobbits and Housework
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My husband has been away.  He’s traveling in the wide world for all the best reasons, and we miss him.  Ben prayed for him as such: “Dear God, Please keep Daddy safe while he’s traveling.  Please don’t let it be like Jonah in Ninevah. Please don’t let him get taken to jail like before we were born.  Amen.” “Before we were born” refers to...

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One Word 2015
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One Word 2015

Jan 2, 2015 by

Like many others, I like to choose a word for the year. Showing up is my New Year’s Resolution, but my word for 2015 is Listen. I do entirely too much talking. (Ahem, see earlier post about not deserving my friends.)  I talk when I am nervous, I talk to fill silence, I talk at people instead of with people. Talking can be about control.  When...

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