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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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The Inspire Series: Thoughts on Leaving and Cleaving and Setting Our Sights Right

  When I first met Kathy Schwanke, I felt like a wanderer who had finally found her way home. Kathy’s passion for Jesus made me want to stop by her Wisconsin farm and soak in her wisdom, her laughter, and her joy. Kathy enjoys conversation and the deep things of life. She’s crazy about God, […]

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Big Dreams and Small Streams and Wisdom from a Waterfall

I have a confession to make: I’ve always wanted to do something REALLY BIG for God. I know, I know, that sounds rather vain. But there’s something in me that has always dreamed of changing the world for the sake of my Savior. I remember camping out beneath the velvety stars at church camp as […]

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Missing Teeth and Leaps of Faith (For Any Mom Who Doesn’t Feel Ready For Summer!)

“Are you ready for summer?”  We were crammed side by side in the elementary school gym, the scent of school lunch still dangling faint in the sultry air. The mom beside me had posed the question with a smile, but the sheer panic in her eyes revealed her own answer before I’d even offered mine.  […]

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When You Lose Your Little Boy And Decide to Not Go Looking for Him

I lost my little boy for the first time when he was two-years old. He’d been bent over the wooden train table at the library when the baby had begun to fuss.  I’d shifted my gaze from my tow-headed toddler to the infant carrier at my feet, and by the time I’d fished the pacifier out […]

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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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On Big Girl Dreams and Waiting for My Hands To Grow

I was plucking the stockings off the mantel when Maggie walked into the room and planted a hand on her hip in protest.   “Mommy! Don’t pack our socks away!”   “But, honey, Christmas is over. We’ll hang our stockings again next year.”   “Noooooo!” my littlest one moaned. “Not yet.”   I turned to […]

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How to make Christmas really feel like Christmas

Today I’m linking up with Hearts at Home for Third Thursday Thoughts. Together, with other moms across the web, we’re talking about how our families approach the idea of giving during this gift-laden time of year.  We’d love for you to chime in on the discussion. So don’t be shy. Pull up a chair in the light of […]

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When the THUMPS of Christmas Wreck Your Joy…

I felt it the moment my friend looked around my house and said with a playful smile, “You’re the only one I know who hasn’t put up a Christmas tree yet!”    And again when a neighbor mentioned that we were the only house on the block without strands of lights twinkling in the night.   […]

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How Imperfect Children Point to Heaven

When I was pregnant with our firstborn, my husband and I spent countless hours trying to imagine just who our little one would be. When the baby tucked beneath my heart would announce his presence with a mighty kick, we’d wonder aloud if he would have his Daddy’s athletic skills. When a tiny hand would punch my […]

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