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All I want for Christmas is.. Eyes to See the Marvelous!

“You look different this Christmas,” an older woman in my church said as I hustled our children into the sanctuary on Christmas Eve. “More frazzled?” I asked with a chuckle while I scanned the crowded church for an empty spot that would seat a family of seven slipping in late.  “No…” she murmered.  Then, brightened as […]

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A Brother’s Prayer

  We celebrated “Tractor Boy’s” birthday this week.  Named Joshua David at birth, my self-proclaimed farmer marked his special day with-you guessed it- a green tractor cake and plenty of gifts that bore the same color.  As the school kids were shoveling down breakfast on Joshua’s birthday morning, I looked at the clock and realized […]

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Blizzard Blessings

It’s as dark as night beyond my windows and I am savoring the QUIET of the 5AM hour as my littlest one sits in her high chair and contentedly munches on a waffle.  Our house hasn’t known quiet for days.  If fact, if sheer noise could topple a home, ours, indeed, would have crumbled over the […]

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I was “feasting” with God earlier this week in a rare quiet moment when one little word jumped off the page of the book in my hands and captured my attention. For some reason, that one simple word struck a chord with the mom in me and gave me a new perspective on this marvelous season we call […]

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Setting the Table for God

While all that remains today of yesterday’s Thanksgiving dinner is a fridge filled with leftovers and a scale boasting a few extra pounds, I woke up today still in the mood to feast. In fact, as I mused upon the weeks to come- weeks filled with an unusual amount of eating and celebrating-I decided that […]

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Please Pass the Bread….of Life!

No holiday elicits nostalgia for me quite like Thanksgiving. I love the tantalizing tastes and savory smells that lace the day; the lively discussion and smiling faces that grace the celebration, and the uncharacteristic slow down that brings the flurry of a normal work week to a halt. As a child, I remember waking up […]

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First, A Bride

Shortly after we’d moved to our current home, Elizabeth found me rearranging my wardrobe in our master closet.  As she stepped into the closet, my daughter’s eyes landed on a large white box that I had stashed on the shelves above the hanging clothes. Intrigued by the sight of the unmarked box (and wondering if it might be a […]

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A Time to Dance

I’ve been thinking about being a bride this week- not just a bride of sixteen years to my high school sweetheart, Rob-but also a bride of Christ.  On Wednesday, I had the privilege of speaking to a group of women in a neighboring community about the thrill of being romanced by Jesus.  As I watched the tears flow […]

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Kindergarten Tears

  I had a sappy mom moment as I stood in the hallway of my girls’ elementary school today. The tears that pooled in my eyes were unexpected and a bit embarrassing. After all, I’d just stopped by to drop off Hannah’s “rest time towel” that had been inadvertently left in the laundry basket when […]

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Celebrating Hannah

Six years ago today, we welcomed our third-born into the world. Hannah Faith arrived at Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital with a mighty cry after a mere thirty-minutes of labor. Puffy and pink, our second little girl was an answer to many prayers- both mine and her big sister’s. We’ve often said that Lizzy prayed Hannah into […]

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