Thankful for the Negative

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Last week, I had a really hard evening with  my kiddos. I was tired, impatient, stressed out and doing battle with an overstuffed yard bin I was trying to drag to the curb while my husband was out of town on business. And I lost my cool. After I had put them to bed that night I sat down at my laptop and just started talking...to you...to the … [Read more...]

Drudgery

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This morning I woke up feeling 'blah'. I think I might have actually even said, "ugh" the moment I opened my eyes. Maybe it was the fact that the power had gone out in our neighborhood in the middle of the night which caused my children to wake up and promptly freak out. OK, so only one of my children freaked out. The other one simply grabbed … [Read more...]

I Make Her Feel Important

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Moms everywhere know the truth about gifts. It's not the certificate for a massage or a mani-pedi or that big bouquet of flowers that mean the most. It's the stapled together book of coupons good for a hug or maybe, if you're really lucky, cleaning up their room without complaining. Or it's the hand-print framed with Popsicle sticks that … [Read more...]

Don’t Let Me Blow Away Mommy!

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The wind was whipping around us as we were spinning and twirling through the yard. Arms spread out, we laughed as dizziness set in before we tumbled into the lawn chair together. She wrapped her little arms around my neck, snuggled in tight and said, "Don't let me blow away mommy!" It was one of those moments in life where you wish you could … [Read more...]

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...]