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The List

Feb 22, 2015 by

Recently, I made a list of everything I was feeling guilty about–no huge major sins, but a lot of little “not enoughs” in various categories of life.  I showed it to Tim. He scanned it over and asked me to explain a few of them. I did.  And then his response was basically to draw a line under my list and write, “Four small children.”  Coming...

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Fixers, Freezers, and Snow Days
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We’re on snow day number two. I cannot help but compare this winter to last winter and marvel at the change.  Last winter was hard in so many ways.  Smaller house, smaller children, more sickness, more snow. I wasn’t proud of the way we were living; we just survived, like treading water so long you barely have the strength to look around and see...

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Fear, Failure, Flying
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2015 is a year of listening for me. As I listen, I am beginning to detect the sound of fear. In myself, in others.  We face decisions– big ones, and obstacles and mountains and valleys and unknown forests.  We’re afraid, on so many levels. What will happen? I so badly want guarantees. And I am not alone. We all do. It comes down to...

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Peaks and Valleys
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Abby lolled by the fireplace as I asked her about school. “What was a part of the day that made you feel good and what was a part of the day that didn’t feel so good?” She rolled over to look at me. “So you mean, like what is my peak and  what is my valley?” “Yes,” I said surprised, “That’s exactly what I...

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What Grace Looks Like
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The snow drifted down lazily this morning and so did the kids from their beds. We all lounged indolently in the living room and the fire winked at us from its grate. Ben curled up next to me where I was stretched out by the fire–my favorite spot. Isaac climbed into Tim’s lap and Susanna sat in her highchair, eating a banana, occasionally calling...

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