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Why Your Middle Name is Really Grace

She is slumped on the couch all grumpy and mad, her lips pursed in a dramatic pout. “Why didn’t you name ME Elizabeth Grace?” my little girl asks as she punctuates her big sister’s name with a hiss of frustration. I set down the laundry basket I’m lugging through the living room and turn my […]

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An Invitation to Color Outside of the Lines (Hope for Try-Hard-Moms)

Her disgruntled wail rose over the clank and rattle of the cereal bowl I’d just dropped on the floor in my attempt to carry all of the breakfast dishes from table to sink in one swoop. Maggie had agreed to color a picture for Grandma while I mopped up milk splats and recovered the kitchen […]

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What This Mother Fears Most

“What are you afraid of, Mommy?” His sweaty head is wedged between my chin and my shoulder, and the hot breath from his sleepy whisper tickles my neck. I’m crammed beside him in the top bunk because those bad dreams woke him up again, and he believes that his mommy’s prayers can chase away the […]

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When You Wish Monday Morning Wouldn’t Come…

The sky is black and the house is quiet, and I wish the sun would just postpone it’s imminent debut. I’ve walked two bleary-eyed children back to bed in the fading moonlight. And I’ve promised them morning will come soon. But today’s one of those days when I wish I could slow the clock. Today’s […]

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If the School Year has Left Your Arms a Little Empty…

  I stood in the preschool parking lot feeling naked last week. No wigglers dangling willy nilly from my limbs, no pudgy little fingers wrapping themselves around my neck, no wet pink lips accessorizing my ears with secrets.  Just me and my empty hands. I swatted those stray tears that refused to stay perched in […]

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What A Mom Does in the Last Hour of the Last Day of Summer

On the last night of summer, I cried.  I waited until first-day-of-school clothes were chosen and laid out for morning, until backpacks were lined at the door and  starlit prayers murmured over nervous sleep-seekers. I waited until the teenager stopped checking Instagram and set his alarm clock with a moan, until the underwear was folded and the […]

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The Inspire Series: The Color of Grace

If you’ve ever had a friend who chases so hard after Jesus that you feel breathless when you’re with her, then you’ll understand why I LOVE Jen Ferguson. Jen’s a girl who is passionate about Jesus and helping people to know how to walk intimately with Him. Jen’s a girl who makes me want to race […]

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For the Mom Whose Feet Are Weary

Dear Mom whose feet are weary,  I know that the road feels long.  And bumpy. And downright boring at times. I know that sometimes it feels like you’ll never turn the corner and you wonder if you’ll ever move at a faster pace. ‘Cause that toddler keeps pausing to dig in the dirt and the […]

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When You Feel Like You’re Not Enough

My kids have been streaming home from church camp over the past few weeks, and the blazing sparkle beneath the tired eyes and the tales of God-sightings and faith-igniting have reminded me once again that what my children need more than an amazing mother is a faithful Father. Hope you don’t mind my digging out […]

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The Inspire Series: Thoughts on Leaving and Cleaving and Setting Our Sights Right

  When I first met Kathy Schwanke, I felt like a wanderer who had finally found her way home. Kathy’s passion for Jesus made me want to stop by her Wisconsin farm and soak in her wisdom, her laughter, and her joy. Kathy enjoys conversation and the deep things of life. She’s crazy about God, […]

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