The Holy Spirit Made Me Do It

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  It was just a typical day. After dropping off the kiddos at school, I set out to run a few errands. As usual, I saved Trader Joe's for last. It's kind of my happy place. The beautiful fresh flowers, the friendly employees, the free samples, 20 different kinds of hummus and the assorted cheeses which I've never heard of but I'm quite … [Read more...]

The Day I Wore Ankle Boots

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The other day I wore ankle boots. I know. Mind blowing, right? I had been eyeing them for months. Seeing them in all of the stores and on the feet of the people who I was quite certain were more stylish than I could ever be. I would find a pair I liked, walk past them, turn around and come back, pick them up, study them, then hesitate. What … [Read more...]

Prone to Wander

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I'll never forget the first time I heard it. It was my sophomore year of college and I was standing in chapel singing along to all of the usual worship songs. They were typical of the songs being sung by students in Christian universities all around the country and whether we heard them in chapel or sitting around a campfire while some wannabe … [Read more...]

The Worry Jar

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"Look what I made today in Sunday School Mommy!" My daughter excitedly ran towards me as we stood in the church lobby. She stretched out her little hand to reveal to me her latest creation and said, "It's a 'worry jar' and I want you to have it." I peered down at the tiny jar with the tissue paper glued all over it and did all of the … [Read more...]

Mason Jar Advent Calendar & Advent-ures

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I could see it all so clearly in my mind. The twinkling lights of the Christmas tree in the corner of the room. Perry Como’s voice crooning as only he can croon those holiday classics. Snow flakes gently falling outside the window. Steaming cups of hot cocoa with marshmallows and my family gathered together perhaps wearing matching holiday … [Read more...]

On Feeling Melan-fall-y

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In the car on our way to church a couple of weeks ago, we were all marveling at the incredible display of colors we were seeing around us. Shades of orange and brown and yellow and red. Some of the trees were so bright they almost looked as though they were on fire. I turned to my husband and said, "Doesn't the beauty of it all almost make you … [Read more...]

Ordering Pizza Is My Spiritual Gift

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I have this friend. I'll call her "Rulie". If you are apart of our Sunday school class at church and you've had a baby (or 4), lost a loved one, been through surgery, moved into a new home, flushed a goldfish down the toilet or experienced any other assorted traumatic life experience and the "bring you a meal" sign-up sheet goes around, you want … [Read more...]

At a Snail’s Pace

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It seems that all summer long my life revolves around one word. Watering. For the most part, I actually really enjoy having this job. There is just something so therapeutic about watching the watering can slowly fill up. I haul it all around the yard and convince myself that this must count as exercise. Unless I have a little person … [Read more...]

The Time I Wore A Robe To Church

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One Sunday I wore my robe to church. No, it wasn't one of those nightmares where you find yourself wearing only your underwear in a room full of clothed people. And no, it wasn't the Christmas pageant and I wasn't playing the part of Mary. You see, I had heard about how the "wrap" dress was all the rage and how easy they were to just throw … [Read more...]

Celebrating a Legacy of Patriotism on Memorial Day

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A Post from the Past Papaw's Flag Outside of our Home We can trace the legacy of service in my husband's family back to the Civil War but alas there is no photographic evidence, so I will start with the man who was/is so near and dear to my heart... My husband's Papaw...isn't he dashing?!  He served valiantly on the USS Mills for three … [Read more...]