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...]

The Peace-Filled Home Part 4

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I've often wished that it didn't take experiencing the hard things in life for me to grow as a person. I mean, wouldn't it be so much nicer if depth could be added to our souls while we lie on the beach sipping margaritas? But the only divine revelation I'm likely to have in that scenario is that I need to take a nap. The reality for most of us is that it's only when we walk through really challenging seasons that we come to a greater understanding of who we are....the good, the bad and the … [Read more...]

When You Don’t Feel Easter-y

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I was determined this week that I would write words to you which are very spiritual and very uplifting and very Easter-y. I would tell you about what Holy Week means to me and how I've spent it in God's word and doing all kind of resurrection crafts with my children and then they listened to me with unwavering attention as I read the story from scripture. But, as I sit here staring at a blank page in front of me, I'm struck by the fact that it hasn't really felt like that holy of a week … [Read more...]

Spring is a Tween

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As I type these words, I'm keenly aware of the fact that if I were to look out of the windows on one side of my house I would see blue skies, puffy clouds and sunshine. But, I'm just as aware of the fact that if I were to look out of the windows on the opposite side of my house I would see a sky that was so dark it's almost black, and ominous clouds full of rain. … [Read more...]

Dreaming in Season

Dream come true quote by Vanessa Hunt

The zoo field trip. It's the highlight of 2nd grade and even though I've chaperoned it once before with my son, it all felt new again thanks to the giddy excitement of my daughter. With a car full of bubbly, chatty 7 year old girls, we made the one hour trip from school parking lot to zoo parking lot and quickly joined the rest of the class. We were divided into smaller groups and sent off to explore with plans to meet up again at a designated time.   … [Read more...]

Chatter

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The day started out like any other. Up early, guzzling coffee, packing lunches, driving kid number one to school, coming back home, guzzling more coffee, driving kid number two to school then back home again to clean up the house, reply to emails, schedule appointments and return phone calls. By late morning I realized that we needed a few things from the store so I headed out to run my errands before returning home again.   … [Read more...]

My 40th Year

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Today is my 40th birthday. And I'm not exactly sure how I'm supposed to feel about it. My son on the other hand knows exactly how he feels about it. Because for the last few weeks every time I ask him to repeat what he said or mention that some part of my body is hurting or make a comment about a particular pop song I detest he is very quick to reply, "Well, mom, you ARE turning 40!", which to a 12 year old means I basically have one foot in the grave. It can't be that the reason I had to ask … [Read more...]

The Heaping of Coals

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We drove home that night in silence. Not an uncomfortable, awkward silence but rather the kind that you have when there are sleepy kids in the back of the car and you are all looking forward to climbing into your nice, warm beds. ¬†As we turned into our neighborhood, my husband reached over, squeezed my hand and gently said to me, "You know, I think what you did was heap coals on her tonight." I didn't answer right away, as I replayed the events of the evening in my head. The sting of the insult. … [Read more...]

Certain Uncertainty

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When I became a mom of two I entered into a season of what I found to be a new kind of crazy. I had gotten one child all potty-trained and sleeping through the night and drinking out of a cup without a lid and giving me a chance to take a shower and go to the bathroom by myself...most of the time. … [Read more...]