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Catching Time

Yesterday, we slipped away on four wheels, just the two of us.We studied the colors of the lake and delighted in the sultry breeze. He spotted beauty I missed as we pedaled along– delicate monarchs on daisy thrones, crimson leaves on bright green limbs, and purple rocks beneath murky waters.  He did not barrage me with constant chatter as […]

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The First Day of School

Summer vacation officially ended yesterday. The big yellow bus lumbered up Harbor Hill, and my two oldest learners climbed onto the school-bound-mobile without looking back. Joshua waved until the bus was a gold dot on the horizon, and Maggie stood at the end of the driveway and cried.  I thought about crying with her.  Summer was simply […]

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Happy Birthday Lukas Andrew!

I‘ve been meandering along nostalgia lane all day. I can’t help it. My children’s birthdays always make me sappy. But especially this day. On this day twelve years ago I became a mommy for the first time. When the doctor placed our seven-pound-seven-ounce miracle into my arms, I fell instantly in love.  One look at my tiny […]

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Lessons from the High Dive, Part 1

  I was splashing in the baby pool with Maggie a few days ago when suddenly a distant flash of blue caught my eye. As I turned my gaze from my ruffle-suited little girl to the deep end of the swimming pool, I spied him. A dot atop the high dive, my three-year-old was poised […]

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Happy Birthday, Elizabeth Grace

Ten years ago today, we welcomed Elizabeth Grace into our family.  A splash of joy from the very start, she sprinkles our home every day with laughter, creativity, and hope.  I wrote this poem for her when she was just 6 weeks old and I still marvel that God knew exactly what our family needed […]

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Building Babies

One of the most amazing things to me as a mom of five is the fact that all my children think so differently.  One looks at a cloud and sees an ice cream cone floating in the sky, another identifies its scientific properties. Yet another begins to cry because the cloud looks dark and she […]

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Daddy’s Arms

Lizzy’s preschool class had just finished reading the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Before moving on to snack time, Miss Teresa used the classic tale as a springboard for teaching her young students about the concept of size. With great delight, the kids arranged items from smallest to largest. Teddy bears and books, […]

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A Promise in the Trees

As I think about my own walk with Christ, I am amazed at the subtle thread of trees woven into my personal faith story. I remember stretching out under a big tree at my grandma’s house and talking to God as a little girl. I remember swinging alone on a tree swing as a teenager […]

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Planting Trees

     Though sowing floral beauty is not a frequent pasttime at the Bruxvoort house, planting trees is. Simply put, we love trees. We love the way they sound as the summer wind rustles their leaves. We love the way they smell as their spring blooms burst forth with glee, and we love the way they […]

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Home is Where God Leads

  I drove four hours west today to a place I once called home. I’d been invited to speak at the church that first launched my ministry, and I welcomed a chance to return to one of my favorite communities. As I cruised along the road leading to my destination, I re-lived a memory that […]

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