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Multitudes on Monday: When the Small Stuff Becomes our Grandest Gifts

He’d been a barefooted treasure hunter all day. He’d stooped low and combed the sand, had waded slow and rescued seaside trinkets sparkling just beneath the clear blue water. He’d plucked and picked, excavated and celebrated. He’d planned to be selective, had promised to fill just one bucket with his very best finds. But in the […]

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Multitide Mondays: The Secret of the Hammock and Other Lessons Learned During my Blog Break

  The first wedding gift we opened after returning from our island honeymoon was wrapped in a package the size of a simple shoe box.  I’d shaken it carefully, my eyes fixed on my handsome twenty-year-old husband, and we’d guessed what it might be. Hand towels monogrammed with a fancy B? Another set of country pink and dusty blue […]

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How To Start Your Day With A Tiny Taste Of Heaven

I should have known better than to blog about the power of play.    Obviously, when I wrote that I never want to grow too big to play, I should have expected a test of those words.   God stops at nothing to keep this blogger authentic and honest.   So I don’t know why I […]

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Multitude Mondays: Why I Don’t Ever Want To Grow Too Big To Play

We were all crammed on baby-bear chairs in the back of the first grade classroom.  Me.  And twenty other moms wiping sweat beads off of our foreheads on a sultry May day near the school year’s end.  The kids were lined up in a perfect row in front of the whiteboard at the classroom’s head. Each […]

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Why We All Need to Be Broken Now and Then

She didn’t cry when she fell off her ripstick onto the hot cement. Didn’t wail when we hurried to hospital to let her daddy survey the damage. She didn’t weep when we sat somber in the x-ray room and waited to learn what had happened to those bones beneath her bruised and bloody skin. But […]

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Multitude Mondays: What A Mom Can Learn from an Empty Cracker Box (And a Wise Five-Year-Old)

photo credit We were driving home from the swimming pool, sun-kissed kids tired and hungry.And the littlest one began to cry over an empty cracker box. She had already cusped a handful of crunchy snacks and filled her tummy with more than enough.  But she wanted more. And she wanted more NOW!Home was only seven minutes […]

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Multitudes on Mondays: Why I’m Ringing the Dinner Bell Today

One of my favorite stories told by Emily Dickinson is a true tale about her father and the local fire bell…   Dickinson tells of a time when her father excused himself from the dinner table and raced outside to ring the village fire bell.     As the clanks echoed above the rooftops, the people […]

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Third Thursdays: Caterpillars and Pretty Plates- One Mom’s Quest for Balance

I’m delighted to once again be participating in the Third Thursday Thoughts Hearts at Home blog hop. Hearts at Home seeks “to encourage, equip, and educate every mom in every season of motherhood using Christian values to strengthen families.” Today, we’re sharing tips we’ve discovered that help us achieve that elusive state called “balance.”    I knew my life […]

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Multitudes on Mondays: For Any Mom Who Has Ever Looked For God in the Laundry Pile

From the moment I cradled my first baby doll with sleepy eyes and pouty pink lips, I wanted to be a mommy.  A little girl in love with babies, I asked for one each Christmas until I grew old enough to understand that Santa couldn’t help me and young enough to believe that my parents […]

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When We See His Glory in all of our Grit

 “If God is not in the muck of our daily existence,  then He is nowhere…”  -Tony Woodlief, Somewhere More Holy   I read those words at dawn and later scribble this proclamation of hope in my journal as the sun sets low and my children bake mud pies.  I  should be setting the table and […]

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