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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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The Choice

  When my husband was in the throes of medical training, his presence in our home was rather inconsistent.  Late nights on call, early morning rounds, babies delivered at unpredictable hours and intense studying in between made it difficult for Rob to enjoy regular doses of leisure time with the kids.  However, when he was present […]

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The Gift of Grace

Joshua had been a curmudgeon all day.  He had pushed his little sister down the stairs and ripped to shreds his big sister’s prized painting that had been displayed with pride on the refrigerator.  He had pulled all twenty-four of his big brother’s football pendants off the bedroom wall and fed the hamster a gum […]

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That Mom

“I’m tired of being that mom,” I told my husband over the phone on Monday night when he called to check in at the day’s end.    That mom.You know who I’m talking about. You’ve seen her in the grocery store as she struggles to retrieve the cereal-box bombs her child has rocketed through the air. […]

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HOLEY-NESS

I think we’re the current victims of a denim conspiracy. Every time I pull a load of laundry from the washing machine these days, I notice yet another hole in some body’s  jeans. We’ve tried the cute butterfly patches and even sported the “fashionably flawed” knees, but what we really need is a hefty dose […]

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Dancing with Daddy

Cinderella dreams came to life for one wonderful evening in our small town this past weekend. Little girls decked in bows and lace, sequins and smiles danced the night away with the love of their lives: their daddies.  The roomy business pavilion-turned-ballroom was packed shoulder-to-shoulder as dads and daughters twirled and twisted through the night. I’m not sure who had […]

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Lessons Learned in Cupid’s Cafe

We concluded our Fourteen Days of Love last night with a family meal at Cupid’s Cafe.  No strangers to mystery meals, the kids sipped a sample of bubbly love potion while they decided between prehistoric lava lamps (red and white jello parfaits with gummy dinosaurs perched on top) and twisted hearts (braided bread sticks in the shape […]

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The Place Where He Needs Us Most

God used my fourth pregnancy to teach me to say “no.” The scribbles of activities and social opportunities that had once filled my calendar squares with busy comfort suddenly disappeared. For the first time since I’d begun staying home with my children, my life wasn’t jam packed with commitments. Every time I prayed about plugging into a good opportunity, the Lord whispered NO. Under strong […]

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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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Wednesday’s Jewels: Naked Fruit

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 another truth seeker’s reverent musings lift my thoughts above dirty diapers, dirty dishes and dirty laundry. I feel grateful when another seeker’s words […]

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