The Crispy Season

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We have officially reached that time of the year which I affectionately refer to as 'The Crispy Season'. Outside, the plants that were lush and bright only last week are now dry and wilting. The spiders are in their heydey, weaving webs all around the yard where they glisten in the hot August sun.   … [Read more...]

In the Coolness

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I often hear people talking about how they feel closest to the Lord when the sun is shining down on them. The warmth emanating from that giant star in the sky reminds them of the warmth of the love of their Heavenly Father. And I get that. I really do. But, for me, it's in the coolness that I find that I sense the presence of God the most. Every morning when I make my way downstairs, I start the coffee and then open the sliding door to our deck. And when that cool air hits my face I'm … [Read more...]

Pride and Confidence

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On a regular old weeknight not too long ago, my family and I discovered a new-to-us music channel. 'Party Favorites' is the perfect blend of older and newer songs that make you want to get off of the couch and shake your groove thang. Somewhere between 'YMCA' and 'Getting Jiggy With It' my daughter and I realized that we were the only two left in the family room dancing our hearts out. I'm pretty sure my husband and son just gave up because our sweet moves were simply too impressive for them … [Read more...]

Rest Assured

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Many years ago I was apart of a very early morning Bible study. In that season in my life as a stay-at-home mom to a toddler, it was the only time of day that worked for my schedule without having to line up a sitter each week. One particular morning, my alarm went off and as my eyes struggled to open I immediately felt the desire to pull the covers back over my head and pretend the rest of the world didn't exist. It wasn't just because I could have used about 900 more hours of sleep (did I … [Read more...]

The Cracked Crock

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A few weeks ago I popped into one of my favorite local consignment/second-hand shops. I was motivated by the fact that, before long, the kids would be on summer break and my schedule would no longer be my own. So I took advantage of having the time to slowly meander the aisles, working my way around the store and relishing the joy of shopping without anyone asking me if they could buy something or having to break up ridiculous arguments over which kind of cereal we should buy. (Chocolate Chex is … [Read more...]

Cake and Grace

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I have decided that while there is a great deal of discussion about girls going through adolescence, those of us raising boys are generally ill informed, ill equipped and sometimes just downright ill....that last one is mostly because of the odors they omit at this stage. This past year has been a doozy for us as we feel like we are just along for the crazy roller coaster ride that is puberty. We're not sure if it's worse going through it first-hand or experiencing it with your children. … [Read more...]

Tips for a Peace-Filled Home

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*Get caught up on the previous installments of the Peace-Filled Home series here* Up until now, we've been primarily talking about matters of the heart. We've taken a look at our peace-personalities and discussed how we can get to the place where we are willing to change. So now it's time for some practical tips, don't you think? And right out of the gate, let's establish something very important. If the heart issues are the foundation that needs to be poured in order to build a … [Read more...]