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Multitudes on Mondays: When We Realize Ordinary Life is an Extraordinary Gift

  She stands in front of the small potted plants and studies the design of each leaf.  Fingers the dry black soil. Wonders which one will grow best on the dresser in her bedroom.  She’d asked long ago if she could please have something of her own to grow. Something beautiful and alive. And I’d […]

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The Gift of This Moment

I used to wish through entire seasons at a time.   As a college student, I missed those first delicate buds of spring because I was wishing my way through final exams and dreaming of summer break. As a new teacher, I missed autumn’s quiet glory as I wished myself through the arduous first months of […]

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One Ballerina

She was one ballerina  in a jumble of tutus.      But my gaze was fixed on her.      Of all the slender hands waving in worship, hers were the ones I followed. Of all the pink-toed feet pirouetting in praise, hers made me smile. There were others as lovely and graceful, many as […]

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How Falling in Love Improves Your Hearing

 When Luke was little, he padded down the hall early one morning and found me curled up on the corner of our outdated plaid couch where I often began my day.  Wrapped in six A.M. stillness, I had seized the fleeting silence and was talking with the Lord. I hadn’t heard his little feet padding down […]

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A Rose By Any Name…

I’m pretty sure I tucked Maggie Hope into bed last night and covered her with a pink fleece blanket before I tiptoed from her room. But this morning the little girl hollering from the nursery was Emma Rose.  Emma Rose looks just like Maggie with bed head, but I didn’t tell her that.  Instead, I […]

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Birthdays and Butterflies

A butterfly party is all she wanted for her birthday. A butterfly party with wings and sparkly things, dancing, and a purple cake. Mommy, you will need to wear a dress. Maybe with flowers. Because flutterflies like flowers, Mommy. And I’m gonna be a flutterfly and I like you.   So we celebrated with gossamer […]

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Celebrating Hannah

We celebrated Hannah Faith’s eighth birthday on Monday. While my third-born ripped open packages and danced around the room in glee,  I marveled at the gift of this tender-hearted one. My daughter is proof of Susan Alexander Yates’ wise words– “God always gives us exactly the children we need to become the women He created us […]

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Truth that Sticks

We finished reading through his Jesus Bible Storybook for the fourth time in today’s pre-dawn darkness.   When we reached the last page, he clapped. Then as we closed the cover of his Bible, Josh snuggled his warm head of tousled hair against my chest and sighed contentedly. “I love the Wurd.”    At summer’s […]

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Bedtime Prayers

“Prayer is not a little habit pinned on to us while we were tied to our mother’s apron strings; neither is it a little decent quarter of a minute’s grace said over an hour’s dinner; but it is a most serious work of our most serious years.” -E.M. Bounds       I linger long […]

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The Baby-Doll Make Over

All my musing on borrowed treasure resurrected a long-forgotten memory today. When Maggie placed her well-loved Bitty Baby in my arms, I noticed a green marker splat on the doll’s plastic face. After a quick scrub with some dish soap and water, the emerald bruise disappeared. But it reminded me of a day from my […]

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