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Living Letters

 “I miss my mailbox,” Joshua bemoaned as he peered at the top of his dresser this morning and patted the empty space where his Valentine’s box had been.   “Me, too,” I agreed while I pulled a sweater over his brown topped head and helped my littlest boy jump into his church pants. “Can you […]

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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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Hemmed In

We left the house for the first time in days this morning. I was nearly giddy with delight as I drove my big kids to school and then headed to the gym to run my little ones like wild before nap time. (Anyone else subscribe to the just get them as tired as possible routine […]

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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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The Rollercoaster of Love

Yesterday I was digging through some old journals and I stumbled on a free write that reminded me of this whole journey of messy love. It was an entry I’d scribbled in desperation on the first of November nine years ago, an entry that still captures my hope and my frailty even now as I struggle to reconcile […]

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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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In Celebration of Sisters

The soli deo gloria girls are celebrating sisterhood today!   I’m so thankful that God has given me one beautiful sister by birth and dozens of other soul sisters by faith.I’m immeasurably grateful for all the sisters who have shared life with me over the years— For the women who have sipped coffee with me as toddlers run Hot […]

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The Paradox of Motherhood

Not long ago a newly-engaged young woman asked me a thought-provoking question. “What do you love most about being a mom?” Her eyes glittered, fresh with the hope of  someday–after choosing wedding colors and the perfect white dress–embracing the season in which I am living. Rather flippantly, I responded “Little warm bodies curled up on my […]

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Advent Musings

I can’t believe our Christmas countdown can already be contained to one hand. I want to grab time by the tail and cage it momentarily. I want to savor and celebrate and BE STILL. But there are dozens of presents yet to wrap, plenty of food to still prepare, and excited children to entertain. When I […]

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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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