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The Crayon-Box Miracle

Today I’m delighted to be participating with Hearts at Home in sharing about the miracles in our lives. “Hearts at Home seeks to encourage, equip, and educate every mom in every season of motherhood using Christian values to strengthen families.” I hope that this glimpse of our miracle-working God encourages you today!   “Mom?” my […]

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Poured Out

I woke today feeling– well– poured out; an apt pun for a woman who has dumped puke buckets all week. But as I mopped the kitchen floor that had been splattered with my next flu victim’s gift of half-digested breakfast foods and chocolate milk, I remembered a prayer penned by one of my favorite lovers of Jesus. And in […]

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The Thrash for Joy

                  I was stashing dinner’s smudged remains in the dish washer at ten o’clock last night when I heard the moan. Rob had taken our wilting baby to the E.R. for a round of I.V. fluids in hopes of giving her dehydrated body a lift. I had stayed behind to tuck the other four into bed […]

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Crazy Joy

An over sized laundry basket sits at my feet, pink fuzzy blankets and pinstriped sheets spilling over its wide tan brim. My weary toddler, exhausted from a long blurred night of the stomach flu, is curled up on the beanbag nearby, her flushed face nuzzled on her brother’s lap.  And I am sitting on the couch’s edge with […]

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Wednesday’s Jewels

I love it when I stumble upon words that quietly take up residence in my soul: a quote worth sharing, a question worth asking, a prayer worth repeating. I love it when a truth teller’s reverent musings lift my thoughts above dirty diapers, dirty dishes and dirty laundry. I feel grateful when another seeker’s words chase […]

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The Robin’s Song

In  light of my “robin writings” this week, I couldn’t resist re-posting one of my favorite stories. When I was a frazzled mommy of four small children, God tenderly used a blizzard and another little harbinger of spring to remind me that He sees. More amazing still, He cares.  Here’s the story as written four years ago. […]

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Beauty in the Brown

 When I look at the barren stretch of farm field beyond   my window, my eyes see a simple rectangular plot of desolate  brown soil. But a seasoned artist knows that an ordinary patch of brown is made by mixing a combination of vibrant colors– red,yellow and blue or orange, yellow, and purple.   When […]

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Living Letters

 “I miss my mailbox,” Joshua bemoaned as he peered at the top of his dresser this morning and patted the empty space where his Valentine’s box had been.   “Me, too,” I agreed while I pulled a sweater over his brown topped head and helped my littlest boy jump into his church pants. “Can you […]

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One Snowy Day…

Over the weekend, my littlest girls savored an afternoon in Grandma’s backyard. They transformed drifts of white into a chilled kettle of delight. Winter delicacies took shape beneath their mitten-clad hands as they swirled up batches of snow soup, crystal cookies and snow-angel specials.      It’s funny how the very bricks that build our hedges can also undergird our joy. The […]

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Hemmed In

We left the house for the first time in days this morning. I was nearly giddy with delight as I drove my big kids to school and then headed to the gym to run my little ones like wild before nap time. (Anyone else subscribe to the just get them as tired as possible routine […]

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