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Why the Unplanned Moments Are the Best Moments (Day 5)

I was going to write a summary of our busy weekend because, well, it’s felt so busy that I haven’t had much time to think about the deeper things of life. It’s been all the usual– a chorus concert, yard work, house clean up, laundry, grocery shopping, upcoming birthday shopping for my big girl, a…

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30 Days of Life: Landing Back on Planet Mom (Day 4)

Have any of you, my dear momma friends, ever wondered what would happen if you (the mom) went away for five days—like, would everyone survive, would they eat actual meals, and would they make it to school with clean underwear on?  Well, I can now officially tell you that this answer is YES! They do…

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30 Days of Life: Day 3, Permission to Follow Your Dreams

Happy Wednesday from the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. I’m here at the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writer’s Conference, and can I just tell you it’s absolutely beautiful here! For the last three days (I got in on Sunday) we have had nothing but stunning blue skies, 80+ degree weather, all while nestled into…

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30 Days of Life: Day 2

I’m heading out on an adventure this weekend, and super excited about it. I’m also a little bit nervous, but mostly excited, which is how an adventure should feel, right?  My flight leaves at 6 AM on Sunday morning, which means an early alarm, and that my bags better be packed before I go to…

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30 Days of Life: Day 1

Today I start a little writing experiment…30 days of blogging about the stuff of life. I’ll write about things like faith, family, writing, the weather (Oi! Maybe you shouldn’t get me started about the weather here lately!) motherhood, identity, and anything else that comes to mind, or emerges as a part of life over the…

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The One Verse That Re-Centers My Heart Every Day

Oh friends, it’s so easy to become distracted in this world of ours, isn’t it?  By what is right in front of us. By what is clamoring to be right in front of us. By all that is tugging at our hearts and minds, demanding our attention.  And that’s not even accounting for our kiddos…

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Measure: A Five Minute Friday Post

  MEASURE…   I have three children, three girls, as a matter of fact…      They are bright, hilarious, witty, energetic, full of life kids who we are trying to teach to be light in the world, “Be the light Jesus created you to be,” we tell them regularly.      When you have…

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Place: A Five Minute Friday Reflection

There is often a great expanse of space between the “place” that I want to be and the place that I am… This is currently the case for me professionally, personally,  and well…domestically. Listen, I have aspirations for our house…the place where we do life…really, I do! But, alas…I seem to be perpetually domestically challenged,…

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Thoughts On My Years as a Mom

    On Saturday afternoon I grabbed a piece of paper and wrote this at the top:  “My Life As a SAHM”   (SAHM= Stay at Home Mom) I intended to brainstorm some quick thoughts and ideas that would succinctly summarize my experience as a mom over the last twelve years. I’m not sure what naïve…

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Getting Back Into the Blogging Swing of Things!

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged consistently– Honestly, it feels like it’s been a while since I’ve done anything consistently– clean my house, take library books back on time, make my bed. Ahhh, mom life…the land of a bazillion tasks, unexpected crises that must be taken care of (big and small), and time that…

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7 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues!

Friends, I have good news for you… There are 32 days until Spring! Someone please queue the marching band and let’s sing that from the rooftops! If you don’t live in the Northeast let me just tell you, it is bitter, bitter cold in these parts. It’s gray, windy, slushy, dreary, and just plain miserable to walk…

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When Your Morning Doesn’t Quite Go As Planned…

“Everything is falling apart…it’s all just going B…A…D!”  Those were the words of my 9-year-old as we struggled to pull our things together to get out the door by 7:15 a.m. this morning. I must admit, part of me agreed. A lot of the varying pieces of the morning felt a little ragged, all over…

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Hello, again! A Summary of My Last Two Months of Life…

Oh Friends– those of you who still stop by to read this space despite my lack of consistency…thank you…I love you…that is so kind of you… (I couldn’t resist this meme when I found it online–it’s for you– my favorite people!). I’m hoping, one of these days, that I will be more consistent in many…

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Lessons From My Garden, Part 1

They’re looming large and tall from the confines of the raised bed garden at the edge of our yard– three 8-foot sunflowers, reaching up towards the sky, with their yellow and brown heads finally unfurling towards the sun. We’ve been watching them grow for weeks– those crazy tall flowers, with their strong stems and big…

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40 Things I’m Grateful For!

  Since we’ve been the midst of long, unstructured summer days, which often don’t leave me much time for writing because I’m either trying to be intentional with my kids, cleaning up the hurricane mess that seems to sweep through the house every day, or putting out fights between my dear, sweet children (who sure…

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Embracing Celebration!

My sweet husband threw me a 40th birthday party on Friday night, and what an event it was. I’m still reeling from the emotion of it…the gratitude for the time and energy that went into planning and pulling it off– Scott, my sister (who gets an MVP award for helping Scott!), my dear friend Jessie,…

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On Turning 40…

  I’ve been thinking about this moment for months– the morning that I wake up and am no longer part of the 30’s club, but have been ushered into a new decade, seemingly against my will. It feels like I’m falling forward into forty without permission– my permission. Hey, wait a minute,  I want to…

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Holding Patterns

Just last week, while the girls were on spring break, we decided to escape the cold, gray winter that has been Buffalo, and head towards warmer weather for a few days. I’ve been holding out for signs of spring since March 21st, when the spring equinox supposedly started, but for all of you that live…

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A Forest, a Flood, and an Unlikely Star: A Book Review

I recently received a copy of A Forest, a Flood and an Unlikely Star, a YA novel written by J.A. Myhre. The premise was a compelling one– it’s a story about Kusimma, a 13-year-old boy who lives in the tiny, fictional town of Rwendigo in the center of Africa. This young boy has lost his…

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Are You a Woman Overwhelmed by Life? Check out This Book Review!

        What a title, huh?!          Wow, that’s a book for me if I’ve ever seen one, I thought.         Overwhelmed? Messes? Finding God in the middle? Yup. Yup. Yup. Sounds like my life.        But, I wish it weren’t that way. I wish…

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