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The Wall that Protects

My original vision had been to enjoy a simple picnic at our favorite park on a beautiful autumn day. The air was crisp, the sun was warm, and our tummies were grumbling. I’d surprised my littlest ones with an-out-of-the-ordinary drive through McDonald’s, had splurged on the happy meal and had even swung for a Diet […]

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Wednesday’s Jewels: The Truth about Mother Love

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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Wednesday’s Jewels: More Dishing on Meal Time

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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The Greatest Mix-Up of All Time

I was weaving my way through the grocery store yesterday, cart laden with Monday-morning necessities and a crabby toddler, when Josh drove his new monster truck across another shopper’s toe. He didn’t mean to, exactly. It’s just that when one is on all-fours pushing an ice-cream truck across the dirty floor of a supermarket and concentrating fully […]

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The Mealtime Maelstrom

Ever since I posted the little story about Lizzy’s etiquette advice, it seems that my eyes have been opened to our family’s DIRE NEED for mannerly mealtimes. One mere class- no matter how many courses of food were provided for “rehearsal”- wouldn’t cut it at our house anymore. We need to enroll in Miss Manners’ […]

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Staying at the Table

Before Rob graduated from his family practice residency program in Lincoln, Nebraska, we were given the opportunity to attend an etiquette dinner, a six course meal complete with instruction on how to handle all the details of formal dining. We joked that the residency program didn’t want their reputation tarnished by unmannerly graduates and we celebrated […]

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A Visit from Sinterklaas

  One of the sweetest surprises of returning to the small town where I savored childhood is the gift of watching my own children experience some of the special traditions that I enjoyed as a little girl. Living in a community deeply committed to preserving its Holland heritage; we have the joy of celebrating not just American traditions, but Dutch […]

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

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Homesick for the Harvest

“This time of year just makes me homesick for the harvest,” my mom confessed as we stood last month on the sidelines of a soccer field.  We breathed deeply the crisp autumn air while the orange light of dusk cast shadows on the golden treetops.  While I am not a born and bred farm girl like my […]

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The Unexpected

We ate pizza by the light of a campfire on Friday night and marveled at the way the flame devoured our paper plates when we were finished. It was a new twist on an old favorite family night routine. After the pizza picnic, Hannah set up her princess tent in the basement, piled it full […]

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