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The Day Baby Jesus Disappeared (And Good News of Great Joy!)

Welcome, friends! I’m so glad you’re here. If you’re stopping over from Proverbs 31, I hope you’ll stay a while and enjoy a second dose of encouragement. If this is your first visit, please make yourself at home and look around. Leave me a comment or connect with me on Facebook or Twitter. I’d love to get to know you better. If […]

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Why I’m Serving Pennies for Thanksgiving Dinner

The turkey is in the oven and the potatoes are peeled. The pies are baked and the cider is simmering. I haven’t burnt any bread yet or placated any sibling strife, but, in all fairness, the day has just begun. I’m not banking on a flaw-free Thanksgiving dinner, but I know without a doubt, that […]

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The One Prayer that Captures All the Longings of a Mama’s Heart

It was those Bibles strewn across the kitchen table that launched my heart right into my throat this morning, God’s Word framed with dribbles of orange juice and cereal crumbs, splatters of jelly and an abandoned spelling list. I hadn’t noticed it right away when I’d returned from dropping the kids at school, how those remnants […]

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If You’re Haunted by Hurry (And a Give-away!)

I  knew something had to change when I yelled at my four-year-old for studying a caterpillar on the side walk.   It was a decade ago, but I remember the moment like it were yesterday…   We were making our way to the mini-van to drive to swimming lessons when the baby, already buckled in the […]

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The Day I Lost My Preschooler (And Why I’m Gonna Be Okay)

I lost my preschooler a few weeks ago.  One moment she was wobbling around the driveway on her pink training-wheeled bike, a raggedy teddy bear buckled onto the back with a red-loopy jump rope.  And the next minute, she was gone. I’ve been telling myself  for days that it will be okay.  That I will […]

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When You Just Want a Glimpse of the Best You

Laughter rises above the dirty dishes that have been shoved to the center of our dinner table. Cold spaghetti noodles dangle down the side of the big red pasta bowl like snakes slithering from their nest. A blue-flowered napkin covers the puddle of chocolate milk that was spilled when a certain five-year-old reached for the last […]

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When You Wish Your Princess Were A Servant…

We were sitting on a park bench on the edge of the town square last week when an elderly woman sat down beside Maggie and me.  My littlest girl munched donut holes while I made small talk with our sweet park companion. We chatted about the weather and the golden glory of Autumn. And we both […]

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Five-Minute Friday: Finding Wonder in the Mudpuddle

I’m lying beside him in the top bunk, scratching his bony back and chatting about the summer we’ve shared. In mere days, he’ll hop on that big yellow school bus and head to first grade. But his mama needs closure as we flip the calendar page, confirmation that his brief season at home has been […]

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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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When You Want Five Stars and You End Up With Two (Life Lessons from Lemonade Stands and Hotels that Smell)

My kids and their friends raised nearly $1000 dollars with a little lemonade stand this week. Yes, you read that right, one thousand dollars.   Thirty-three months worth of allowance at our house. Enough money to fund one of these exotic cruises or to go to the movie theater 142 times. Or to help save the […]

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