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The LAST day of Being Three

   “What would you like to do on your very last day of being three years old?“ I asked the brown-haired boy snuggled up in my lap in the pre-dawn hours of December 14.  My near-four-year-old giggled and nuzzled his nose near my heart.      “I dunno…” his muffled voice replied. My littlest boy cocked […]

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Spying the Marvelous: The Miracle Behind the Thump

The Miracle behind the THUMP “Eyes to Spy the Marvelous ” Continued… I will never forget a simple comment that Luke made the day before Hannah’s birth. It was a brisk November afternoon and we were curled up on the couch reading books. Though normally, I love the cozy pastime of reading to my children, on that […]

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Spying the Marvelous

I shouldn’t be surprised that my thirdborn is honing my vision and inviting me to spy Jesus in the ordinary moments of our days. God began using Hannah to adjust my eyes even when she was still tucked in the safety of my womb.  Hannah was the first of my last three holiday babies. Though […]

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Celebrating Hannah

Yesterday Hannah turned seven years old. As soon as the sun announced the morning’s arrival, our birthday girl burst through the streamers dangling from her doorway and announced, “I feel BIGGER!” One glance at the long lanky legs dancing about the living room in a pink-footed-sleeper confirmed that Hannah’s hunch may, indeed, be true. My third-born is growing up. And without a […]

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Homesick for the Harvest

“This time of year just makes me homesick for the harvest,” my mom confessed as we stood last month on the sidelines of a soccer field.  We breathed deeply the crisp autumn air while the orange light of dusk cast shadows on the golden treetops.  While I am not a born and bred farm girl like my […]

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The Oak inside the Acorn

“Mother Oak hugged Little Acorn in her strong branches. ‘Within you is a great oak, Little Acorn. Just be the tree God made you to be.’” So begins the beautiful children’s book by Max Lucado, The Oak Inside the Acorn. It is the tale of a tiny acorn who wonders what he was made to do. When he […]

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Fish Tales

Hannah’s pet fish died last week. She responded with appropriate drama despite the fact that just days earlier when I’d reminded her that the fish bowl needed to be cleaned, Hannah had stomped her feet and declared, “I’m sick of having a pet I can’t even hold!  What’s so fun about a fish, anyways?” In […]

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No Eye Has Seen

Over the weekend, I had a conversation with a young woman as we huddled beneath blankets at our sons’ windy football game. “It just seems that my life isn’t turning out at all like I’d planned,” she confessed while she blinked away tears welling in her eyes. “I want to pick my sacrifices,” she confessed. “But God’s […]

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Birthday Wishes

I’m celebrating my thirty-eighth birthday today, and thinking about the simple question my six-year-old asked me last night as I tucked her into bed. “Mom, when you were a little girl, what did you want the very most for your birthday?” “Well,” I answered, “that depended on which birthday I was having.” With a giggle, […]

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If the Letter Jacket Fits…

Last week our little town celebrated homecoming.  The merchants’ store windows gleamed with spirited green and white slogans, and the cheerleading squad conducted pep rallies at all the neighborhood schools. On Friday, the kids participated in spirit day by dressing head to toe in the school colors. As our school-agers were getting ready for the football game that evening, […]

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