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Multitudes on Mondays: What Makes Motherhood So Hard…

An ice storm fences us in on Sunday morning.So we trade our trip to church for a trip downstairs, and we gather in the basement for family worship.  Hair wet from morning showers, we forgo perfection and just welcome Jesus with song and dance.   Firstborn worships on his drums, and little girls groove as their […]

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Family Faith and Fun: Get Ready to Spread Some Love!

Welcome to Family Faith and Fun (on Saturday)!   As February first looms near, we’re getting ready to celebrate our family’s fourth annual fourteen days of love.Since one day just can’t contain all the fun ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day, we’ve developed a tradition that gets us spreading love long before February 14 arrives.Everyone in our family […]

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On Fast-Feet and Baby Holdin’ and the Miracle of Christmas

When our “Christmas baby” was born six years ago, no one was more excited than my firstborn who had prayed unceasingly for a little brother. Even now at fourteen, Luke counts the day of his little brother’s birth as one of the best days of his life.   Though my big boy was undoubtedly thrilled when […]

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Family Faith and Fun Fridays: The Secret Smile Mission

For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. -Hebrews 4:12     Welcome to Family Faith and Fun Fridays, Christmas Edition!  As the week winds down and I anticipate more family time over the […]

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The Prayer God Refused to Answer

She was the first of my babies who cried day and night.  Before she was planted in my womb, I’d begged the Lord for just one more.  But six weeks after bringing Hannah Faith home, I’d revised my plea. Could I just have a different one, Lord? Maybe one with fewer tears? It was three o’clock […]

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On Disappearing Children and Distinctive Dinner Guest

Sometime between my turning the mashed potatoes green and my hanging the sign announcing that the deadly diner was open, my children disappeared.    All five of them.   Don’t feel sorry for me, though.  I didn’t linger long in loneliness.    Before I knew it my dinner table was filled with these oddly familiar characters. […]

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Family Faith and Fun Friday: The Appetizer that Goes with Every Meal

For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.  -Hebrews 4:12     Welcome to Family Faith and Fun Fridays!  As the week winds down and I anticipate more family time over the weekend, I […]

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How to Live The Best Dream for Your Life

    Eight of us were crowded around a table-for-two in my grandma’s small farm kitchen when Hannah spoke the words that spurred my prayer.    The kids were sipping Coke straight from the bottle and leaving a cookie crumble mosaic on the old wooden tabletop, and Grandpa Jim was leaning in close so his near-deaf […]

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Family Faith and Fun Fridays: How To Stop Leaking Joy

For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. -Hebrews 4:12     Welcome to Family Faith and Fun Fridays!  As the week winds down and I anticipate more family time over the weekend, I […]

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Multitude Mondays: Why Every Mom Needs Sticky Kitchen Chairs

photo credit Before Rob graduated from his medical residency, we were given the opportunity to attend an etiquette dinner, a six course meal complete with instruction on how to handle all the details of formal dining. We joked that his program director didn’t want his reputation tarnished by unmannerly alumni, but we gladly welcomed a free meal and a […]

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