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Why Gravel may be the Secret to Long-Lasting Love!

   We were perched on the rim of a red-rocked mountain when I remembered the gravel. We’d spent the afternoon exploring trails tucked between canyon and cliff, my dingy shoes a dusty orange reminder of the steps we’d shared. Soon the sun would sink, and we’d hike down through shifting shadows. But for a moment, time […]

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Multitude Mondays: Why I’d Rather Be Small…

      I stood speechless last week on the rim of the Grand Canyon and savored my smallness.    Auburn peaks stretched halfway to Heaven, their jutting fingers casting purple shadows across the tops of the mesmerizing mounts.     The Colorado River wound like a silver ribbon along the gully’s belly. The back-pack-clad hikers […]

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Multitudes on Mondays: When You Long for a little Peace and Quiet

This is a crazy thing for a mom of five to admit, but I LOVE silence.    Or maybe, more accurately, I CRAVE it.    I dream of lingering in a house so still that I can hear the muffled hum of the heater on a chilly day; imagine tasking in a kitchen so quiet that I […]

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When His Grace is as Clear as Mud….

We were cruising along the lake path one afternoon when Joshua spotted a green gully filled with murky water.    The crooning frogs begged us to pause and investigate their shadowy home, and my mud-loving son accepted their invitation with a quick screech of his brakes.   We parked our wheels in the tall weeds […]

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How To Live The Best Adventure of All

    We got lost yesterday in a place we know well. We’d taken a drive to our favorite park, the one with eighty acres of woods and winding trails and a great big rock plopped oddly in the middle of it all.   We’d planned to hike straight to the clearing where the big boulder sits, to […]

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Family Faith and Fun Fridays: The Great Rescue (Why Jesus Even Loves Crabby Apples!)

For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.  -Hebrews 4:12     Welcome to Family Faith and Fun Fridays!  As the week winds down and I anticipate more family time over the weekend, […]

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Multitude Mondays: How To Dance With Frogs While you Wait for Your Prince

         She climbed right up on that frog at the zoo and inspected it for slime.  She counted its spots and patted its head and wondered aloud if this not-so-small frog had  ever been a prince.                    I asked her why a prince might have been […]

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Why Rocks are Better Than Cheetos (Or How to Find Your Way Home When You Get Lost)

I found the first stone by the table, right beneath the chair where Daddy sits when he’s home for diner.  Caked with mud and a light dusting of sand, it looked like a recent excavation right from the sandbox.  I picked it up, tossed it out the screen door and headed for the laundry room.  […]

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Multitude Mondays: For the One Who Labors in Love

They wrote thank-you notes to Daddy this morning; turned plain old slabs of construction paper into garlands of gratitude.Their words were simple and sweet, offerings of thanks to the one who labors day after day without complaint. And as they hunched intently over their cards, I pondered that summer’s moment when I’d realized anew the grace of […]

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Multitude Mondays: When Our Dreams for Our Children are Too Small…

She’d invited me to share her umbrella as we’d stood on the sideline of a soggy soccer field. I wasn’t expecting deep conversation, just a place to huddle ’til the rain slowed.  But her heart was heavy that day and my ears were available. So we’d cupped hot mugs of coffee in mittened hands and swapped small talk while […]

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