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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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