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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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Growing into the New Year

 My attempt to kick off the new year with my husband took an unplanned turn on Saturday night. We’d secured a babysitter for all five kids and headed to the closest metropolis for dinner. But before we’d even glanced at a menu, the Toby Mac ring tone on Rob’s phone warned me that my plans were about to be trumped. Dinner for two can […]

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Advent Musings

I can’t believe our Christmas countdown can already be contained to one hand. I want to grab time by the tail and cage it momentarily. I want to savor and celebrate and BE STILL. But there are dozens of presents yet to wrap, plenty of food to still prepare, and excited children to entertain. When I […]

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Wednesday’s Jewels

                                                                           I love it when I stumble upon words that quietly take up residence in my soul: a quote worth sharing, a question worth asking, a prayer worth repeating. I love it when another truth seeker’s reverent musings lift my thoughts above dirty diapers, dirty dishes and dirty laundry. I feel grateful when another […]

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The Unexpected

We ate pizza by the light of a campfire on Friday night and marveled at the way the flame devoured our paper plates when we were finished. It was a new twist on an old favorite family night routine. After the pizza picnic, Hannah set up her princess tent in the basement, piled it full […]

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Thursdays Jewels

I love it when I stumble upon words that quietly take up residence in my soul: a quote worth sharing, a question worth asking, a prayer worth repeating. I love it when another truth seeker’s reverent musings lift my thoughts above dirty diapers, dirty dishes and dirty laundry. I feel grateful when someone’s words chase me shamelessly […]

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No Eye Has Seen

Over the weekend, I had a conversation with a young woman as we huddled beneath blankets at our sons’ windy football game. “It just seems that my life isn’t turning out at all like I’d planned,” she confessed while she blinked away tears welling in her eyes. “I want to pick my sacrifices,” she confessed. “But God’s […]

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Heart’s Cry

I found it in scribbled in an old journal yesterday as I was searching for a speaking anecdote: a poem I’d written when I began this decade of life. In the light of my birthday post, I felt a bit weepy.  My age may be changing year by year, but my deepest desire is not.  May […]

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Climbing on Daddy’s Lap

I’m tired today. I woke with a weary spirit and a gray heart. The warm winds of September bekon me to join Joshua in his caterpillar hunt in the backyard, but I really just want to curl up in my own cacoon today and hide.    I’d love to hide from the twelve loads of laundry […]

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