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Patching the Holes: Redefining Wonder

When the Lord began to show me the holes in my bucket, He challenged many of my unspoken misconceptions about abundant life. Quickly, I realized that if I wanted a life brimming with wonder, I would need to redefine what wonder really is. I used to believe that wonder would come like a monsoon to fill […]

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The Wow! (Part 2): The Bucket Theory

      One afternoon as the kids played in the summer sun, the Lord painted for me a poignant picture of a wonder-filled life (John 10:10). My swimsuit clad little ones were pretending to be gardeners. With wide grins, they lugged bright plastic buckets filled with water from the inflatable pool on the patio to a small patch of flowers […]

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The WOW! (Part 1)

My firstborn daughter was an early talker. Lizzy spoke paragraphs by the time she was eighteen months old. Of course, anyone who knew me wasn’t surprised that a daughter of mine would have a love for words. However, I was constantly in awe of the verbiage that slipped out of my tiny girl’s mouth. (Perhaps that’s because […]

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Crawling Again

Yesterday, when  Joshua dropped yet another penny into our praise jar with a clank, Hannah rolled her eyes and muttered, “I guess I’m just gonna have to start crawling again if I want to find any more pennies!” Hannah’s drama may be hyperbolizing the obvious, but our ongoing hunt for pennies is teaching us this: the child who […]

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The Penny Perspective

I spotted a copper gleam beneath the measuring cups when I opened my kitchen drawer this morning, a quiet penny just waiting to be found. I plucked it from the clutter of utensils and dropped it in the canning jar that sits on the small bookshelf near the kitchen table. “Thank you for the aroma […]

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Waiting Shoes

Five little wooden shoes sat quietly in a line by our front door last evening. Waiting. Wondering. Hoping. On the night that, according to the old Dutch legend, Sinterklaas visits the homes of sweet little boys and girls, my own sometimes-naughty-and sometimes-nice-children checked and re-checked the entryway just to be certain that their shoes were in the perfect […]

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Growing Gratitude

Gratitude is the sign of noble souls -AESOP     I’ve spent this month experimenting with what I’ve called “The Gratitude Challenge.” It began when I posted a piece of scripture on our family memory verse window:  Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. -1 Thessalonians 5:18   “What does […]

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Spying the Marvelous: Go Tell it on the Mountain

Go Tell it on the Mountain   “Eyes to See the Marvelous,” continued Ask any of my former neighbors on 86th Street in Lincoln, Nebraska, about the Bruxvoort children and among their many stories would be a humorous rendition of the birth announcement the entire street received one cold morning in November of 2003. At […]

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The Life of My Dreams

  One of the sweet gifts that accompanies time away from the kids is the fact that my mind can more easily shift from Mommy to Wife when I’m not knee-deep in laundry and baby wipes.  I begin conversations that I fail to think of at the end of the night when my husband and I […]

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Hawaiian Eyes

I woke up today to the sight of a bare brown cornfield beyond my window and sullen gray sky.  And I prayed, “Give me Hawaii eyes today, Lord.”   It’s hard to believe that just one week ago I woke to a rose-pink sunrise over the turquoise waters of the Pacific Ocean and to the […]

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