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One Foot In Heaven

     This morning as I groped for my coffee cup in the half-wakefulness of a new day’s start, I spotted a shiny penny atop the obituary that had been left lying on the kitchen counter last night. As I reached for the copper coin, my eyes fell on the photo of my beautiful grandmother […]

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Remembering

  She ran her finger along the letters inscribed in the cool red stone and her blue eyes brimmed with tears.  Carefully, she placed the small wooden cross beside the tombstone and then stepped back to admire the way the tiny glued-on jewels shimmered in the midday sun.    “It was colder last time we […]

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Holy Grip

Last night, the kids and I curled up on the couch and watched pieces of the Gospel of John, a beautiful and word-for-word portrayal of the beloved disciple’s account of Christ’s life. We sat spellbound as we witnessed Jesus slip out of his tunic (He’s in his underwear! Josh had cried),wrap a towel around His […]

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The Thrash for Joy

                  I was stashing dinner’s smudged remains in the dish washer at ten o’clock last night when I heard the moan. Rob had taken our wilting baby to the E.R. for a round of I.V. fluids in hopes of giving her dehydrated body a lift. I had stayed behind to tuck the other four into bed […]

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Crazy Joy

An over sized laundry basket sits at my feet, pink fuzzy blankets and pinstriped sheets spilling over its wide tan brim. My weary toddler, exhausted from a long blurred night of the stomach flu, is curled up on the beanbag nearby, her flushed face nuzzled on her brother’s lap.  And I am sitting on the couch’s edge with […]

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The Robin’s Song

In  light of my “robin writings” this week, I couldn’t resist re-posting one of my favorite stories. When I was a frazzled mommy of four small children, God tenderly used a blizzard and another little harbinger of spring to remind me that He sees. More amazing still, He cares.  Here’s the story as written four years ago. […]

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The First Robin of Spring

I was putting laundry away in the girls’ room on Saturday morning when I spied a brazen blotch of orange beyond the window. My heart quickened as I abandoned the towering pile of socks and underwear and turned toward the finger-print -smudged glass. Eagerly, my eyes scanned the landscape.  Had I really seen what I thought I had? Methodically, I […]

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Kiwi, Holy Spirit-Style

“It’s going to take a heaping dose of self-control,” I warned my husband as we shared a pizza at a table for two on Saturday evening. We’d finally set aside some much needed talk time and we were tackling our plans for a new and leaner budget in 2011. “I think I can do it […]

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In Celebration of Sisters

The soli deo gloria girls are celebrating sisterhood today!   I’m so thankful that God has given me one beautiful sister by birth and dozens of other soul sisters by faith.I’m immeasurably grateful for all the sisters who have shared life with me over the years— For the women who have sipped coffee with me as toddlers run Hot […]

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The Unplanned Gift

So far, my new year has not gone as planned. I shouldn’t be surprised. After all, my New Year’s Day dinner date DID take a detour through the O.B. ward on the first day of 2011 (If you missed that story, see my January 3 post). And my laundry room DID flood on January 2, […]

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