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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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Slumber Party Secrets

We’ve been planning Hannah’s sixth birthday party this weekend- developing a theme, pulling together gift bags and dreaming up a few activities that kindergarten girls would enjoy. Her party is six days away, but the birthday spirit has already infused our home with excitement. After all, when you’ve been waiting ALL YEAR for a birthday […]

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Joy in the Journey

I took my little ones to a pumpkin farm earlier this week and was reminded of the simpler joys in life. Decked out in his tractor-green John Deere t-shirt, his matching John Deere hat, and his frog-green “chore boots”, Joshua looked like a true born and bred farm boy. While the pumpkin farm itself was […]

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A Display of His Splendor

The more I ponder the idea of sinking deep roots in the Lord, the more I’m convinced that the best soil for growing fruitful lives is the Word of God. This morning the kids and I read from Genesis 1 and marveled at how God’s WORD created the world. God’s voice did what even a master artists’ hands […]

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Sabbath Rest

I spent yesterday feeling shell-shocked. After enjoying an unusually quiet week with just one small child and my husband in Palm Springs, I scrambled to remember how in the world I used to fill the role of mom for five children.  By breakfast time on Saturday I felt scattered, frazzled and edgy.  While I had pictured fully […]

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The Chase

As I’ve spent time praying over my children’s feet this week, or more accurately, over their walk with the Lord, I was reminded of a poem I wrote for Lukas when he was just two years old. Luke’s feet have always thrilled to a FAST PACE, and the intensity with which my firstborn “walks” through […]

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Baby Feet

I’ve noticed something just two days into this sweet get-away: slowing the pace has improved my eyesight. Oh, I don’t suppose my optometrist would necessarily agree, but I am, without a doubt, seeing more clearly today than I did seventy-two hours ago. For instance, this morning as I roamed the mountain-lined trail beyond our resort, […]

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Deep and Wide

  I’m sinking roots this week. I’m savoring long walks, soaking in scripture, taking time to finish my sentences and to ask questions. I’m even slowing down long enough to listen for the answers! I’ve been given a priceless gift. Thanks to my parents, I’m writing from a palm-tree flanked patio and admiring the sapphire […]

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Snowmen in the Pumpkin Patch

When I woke this morning, large, white, wet snowflakes were drifting from the sky and settling like a soft blanket on the grass outside my window.  The date on my calendar and the reality beyond the glass seemed incongruent at best and inconceivable at first. How could the blazing hues of orange that just set the trees ablaze with autumn beauty […]

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