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Third Thursday Thoughts: Giving up the Cape (Or What Motherhood Has Taught Me About Grace

  I’m delighted to once again be participating in the Third Thursday Thoughts blog hop.  Hearts at Home seeks “to encourage, equip, and educate every mom in every season of motherhood using Christian values to strengthen families.” Today, we’re sharing ways that motherhood has changed us for better or worse. Won’t you join us?    When I […]

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Multitude Mondays: How A Mother Births Abundant Life

The first time she gave me life she labored for forty-eight hours. She struggled and ached and prayed as the contractions rolled and swelled and she willed me to slip from her womb to her arms. When her prayers were finally answered, she beheld a wee wrinkled bundle of flesh and frailty.  It was the first time […]

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Why Motherhood Makes You Queen

Photo credit I used to believe that motherhood was a detriment to my faith walk. After all, how was a woman steeped deep in diapers and sleep deprivation supposed to carve out time for prayer or Bible study?  How could a mom be still and know when her toddler never slowed his break-neck pace for an […]

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Third Thursdays: Caterpillars and Pretty Plates- One Mom’s Quest for Balance

I’m delighted to once again be participating in the Third Thursday Thoughts Hearts at Home blog hop. Hearts at Home seeks “to encourage, equip, and educate every mom in every season of motherhood using Christian values to strengthen families.” Today, we’re sharing tips we’ve discovered that help us achieve that elusive state called “balance.”    I knew my life […]

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Multitudes on Mondays: For Any Mom Who Has Ever Looked For God in the Laundry Pile

From the moment I cradled my first baby doll with sleepy eyes and pouty pink lips, I wanted to be a mommy.  A little girl in love with babies, I asked for one each Christmas until I grew old enough to understand that Santa couldn’t help me and young enough to believe that my parents […]

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Why We Can’t Trust Our Feelings When Life Feels Gray

I’m lingering in the shower (okay, hiding in the shower), when I think of her.    Her hallow eyes flash through my mind as I stand beneath the steamy stream in hopes of washing away my melancholy.    I remember her sad laugh as I try to shed the heavy gray that’s wrapped itself around […]

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Multitudes on Mondays: When Giving the World isn’t Enough…

I am sliding folded laundry into drawers in the dark when his empty bed catches my eye. His pinstriped sheets are still rumpled in a wad at the foot of the mattress. His faded old comforter dangles carelessly off the edge of the top bunk. His pillow holds a splotch of moonlight that’s slipped in through […]

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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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The Only Resolution I Need

We ended 2011 with sparkles of light, rainbow cackles of joy streaking across the lawn. My little ones danced and twirled, sang happy new year to you, and hopped like glittering frogs across the pool of December darkness. I wanted to capture the fun, to record one final memory before the old year dissolved into […]

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Wishing You Joy… Because of Him

I’ve been taking a break from words this week. I’ve been trying to listen more and talk less. Trying to focus more on their words-  on the stories and musings, the songs and proclamations that flow from the mouths of my five sweet gifts, all filling our home with happy noise this week.    Perhaps, […]

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