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December Dawning
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A Merry Little Christmas Journal. I told the kids this morning over toast and oatmeal that it is December 1st.  Abby and Ben responded with ear-piercing yells of joy while Isaac sat there eating toast and looking bewildered.  Abby mentioned making a countdown. I told her she could do if she wanted and she proposed a simple calendar on the fridge with squares for...

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Why I’d Rather Have a Prodigal Son
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We have four children now, but when our first daughter was only a year old, my husband made a rather shocking statement. I’d rather Abby be a prodigal son than a legalistic Pharisee.  It’s better to spend a season in the far country than an eternity in hell. It pierced my heart to think about Abby going through a season of rebellion, but slowly,...

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To See Them Again
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We have the best parents. In the middle of the stress of home shopping/buying, both sets have given us overnight weekend care of our kiddos. Each time I get that kind of lengthy parenting break, I seem to follow the same pattern. First, a giddy sense of freedom: I can watch what I want on TV!  I can eat in the living room instead...

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