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When Heaven Intrudes Upon Earth

I can’t believe the twelve days of Christmas are upon us. Soon we will celebrate the miracle of Christ’s birth.  But I don’t want my Christmas accolades to be contained to one day. I want Christmas to interrupt my life. I want the hope of Heaven to break through the piles of laundry demanding to […]

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Third Thursday Thoughts: When Giving Up Means Great Gain

Today I’m linking up with Hearts at Home to ponder this question:  “What have you given up so your family can have more?”    I’ve been musing on this thought for weeks and feel nearly guilty for writing anything at all.  Quite honestly, what I’ve “given up” along the way seems small and insignificant. My […]

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When You’re Stuck in the Kitchen…

  Some days I feel like I never leave the kitchen.  Dishes piled high, groceries to unload, meals to prepare, and a constant stream of snack times keep me bound to the sticky linoleum floor for hours. And with my kids underfoot, a simple endeavor like making supper can turn into an Olympic-sized event. One […]

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Why Jesus Gave Us Mommies

We were savoring autumn’s end at a playground near the lake when my middle-born asked, “Mommy? Could we take a little walk in the leaves?”   I would have been content to remain seated in the sand at the bottom of the slide, and to continue applauding my toddler’s bravery each time she plunged down […]

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Investing in Borrowed Treasure

She’s not yours. The thought stabbed me first as I quietly cuddled with my pajama-clad toddler before sunrise last week. Her rumpled hair tickled my nose while I nuzzled her soft sweaty ringlets and breathed deep her sleepy morning scent. The invasive words jolted my soul. I tried to shove them beneath the secrets and […]

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She’s not yours. The thought stabbed me first as I quietly cuddled with my pajama-clad toddler before sunrise last week. Her rumpled hair tickled my nose while I nuzzled her soft sweaty ringlets and breathed deep her sleepy morning scent. The invasive words jolted my soul. I tried to shove them beneath the secrets and […]

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The B-L-T

The footsteps outside of my bedroom door weren’t exactly what I was hoping to hear at 5 A.M. “Mom? Can you wake up now?” His warm sleepy breath caressed my cheek as I lifted my head off of my pillow and tried to rub a short night of sleep from my eyes. “Can I take a shower, […]

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The Gift of Play

    We created our own little oasis in the backyard yesterday.  We blew up the inflatable swimming pool, plopped it beneath our plastic slide, and added the garden sprinkler for an extra dose of splash. What else is a woman to do with four restless children when the heat index is hovering around one […]

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Water for the Thirsty

   Years ago a weary woman stumbled upon a remedy for her cracked soul. She wasn’t seeking solutions when she lugged her cumbersome pots to the local well. She had simply come for water again…  Hadn’t she just filled those jugs yesterday? And the day before that?  She was tired of seeing the bottom of […]

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Third Thursday Thoughts: True Beauty (at any age!)

I’m delighted to be partnering with Hearts at Home once again and pondering a newThird Thursday Thought.  And speaking of thoughts, don’t just read mine. Be sure to join the blog hop and meet all kinds of gifted writers and mommies who have put words to their musings today. While you’re hopping, stop by the Hearts […]

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