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Autumn Anxiety
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Autumn Anxiety

Nov 6, 2017 by

A friend sent me this poem she wrote and it was such an accurate description of irrational anxiety and couched in this current season, that I had to share. Autumn Anxiety Fear flushes out all else, Leaving only a wiry ball of instinct Poking at the inside of my abdomen. Autumn leaves skitter across the pavement, Like nervous squirrels terrorized by the thought of...

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Feel What You Feel
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We woke up to thunder and dark clouds yesterday. The rain came down silently and it felt like a good morning to snuggle.  The kids turned on one of their favorites, Song of the Sea on Amazon Prime. Every time I watch this gorgeous, tender movie, three things happen: I am amazed at the beauty and richness of the Gaelic language and culture I...

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Six Reasons Why We Don’t Do the Things We Love
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Six Reasons Why We Don’t Do the Things We Love And how it limits our productivity We live in a work-a-day world. If we are swept up in the currents of the time, we could possibly find ourselves too exhausted to enjoy the lives we’ve been given. Embracing a simpler life is not just about cutting out stress, it’s also about finding time to do...

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I Heart Stitchfix
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My second, aqua-lined Stitchfix box came on a day when I was having a bad day. It was one of those days when I spill my heart to my husband and he says, “It’s hard to be you.” I make it hard to be me. But the box came. And it was a little piece of happy in my week, a week full of work and toil...

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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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Lists to Live By
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Lists to Live By

Jan 29, 2014 by

I have just finished my second book of the year, The Happiness Project by Gretchin Rubin. This book was right up my alley. I love lists, I love resolutions and fresh starts, and I love looking for change, progress and growth in myself and my family.  Inspired by Rubin’s Splendid Truths, Secrets of Adulthood, and 10 Commandments, I borrowed a few of Rubin’s quotes...

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And We Moved
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And We Moved

Jan 18, 2014 by

We moved.  Ahhhhh, moving. First, the packing. Packing all the minutiae of STUFF that makes up our life causes me to feel ravenously minimalistic. I start to dream about a monastic life of material simplicity; every family member lined up with one satchel each, like the Pevensie kids when they’re leaving London.  There’s a strange feeling of vulnerability, too, when people enter your home...

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Best of 2013
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Best of 2013

Jan 1, 2014 by

These are my Little Pieces of Ordinary best of 2013 posts. Just my favorites in going back over the year in reflection. Happy New Year friends!   At the beginning of 2013, I wrote this short, sweet little post charging myself to live fearlessly in light of the cross. But there was this one little thing… I didn’t know I was going to have...

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Winning versus Wasting
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 The other day, my husband Tim and our four year old, Ben were working a puzzle together and Benjamin was saying that he is the best puzzle worker, even better than Daddy.  I was half-listening as I worked in the kitchen and I said,“Oh I think Daddy is a really good puzzle worker, too.” And he said, “Yeah, me and Daddy are the best...

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Winner
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Winner

May 10, 2013 by

Congratulations Kathy Herx!!   You are the winner of the Cassie and Caleb devotional. It will be in the mail shortly. Thanks to everyone who entered. Go grab a copy of this devotional and let me know how you liked...

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Wild Grace
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Wild Grace

Apr 25, 2013 by

  “He’ll be coming and going” he had said. “One day you’ll see him and another you won’t. He doesn’t like being tied down–and of course he has other countries to attend to. It’s quite all right. He’ll often drop in. Only you mustn’t press him. He’s wild, you know. Not like a tame lion.” -The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Grace goes...

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Stopping By the Woods
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I slogged into the soggy field with a world of worry. Trying to shuck off the stresses of the day with a brisk walk, I began circling the field of my childhood.  Dixie Chick’s Wide Open Spaces came to mind. As I walked, a lightening took place in my heart.  I rounded the east side of the field, the setting sun caressing my face...

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Feb 19, 2013 by

It was a long weekend, a hard one, with lots of work and little play. And at the end of it, us sniping at each other when the kids aren’t around, even though we know: we’re on the same team. I wish for a do-over. But I did pick up my pen, I did. Because even though it was rocky, there was that moment...

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A Perfect Shade of Purple (a poem)
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Purple is the color of my 2013. I didn’t choose it, it chose me. Everywhere I look, purple. Purple phone, wallet, sweater, nails. The synesthete in me sees fearless as purple, Chasing down plum-colored dreams that are as juicy as they are beautiful. It’s a cool, insouciant shade of blue shaken (not stirred) together with a spicy shade of reckless red, That point where...

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Learning to Love Winter
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It’s the dark season, the season of short days and long nights, coldness, darkness, freeze. Everyone loves spring and fall and most people tolerate hot summer because of ice cream, but fewer people just love winter. I am not one of them, but I am learning.  I turn 30 this year, and I am learning to love winter.  Mostly, I hate being cold.  When...

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