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lessons in life

this is why hurricane frenzy and a gas shortage mean there is hope for us all

By | article, Austin, God, lessons in life, love | 5 Comments

In the last few weeks, Texas has been an interesting/encouraging/challenging place to live. The drama started with Hurricane Harvey. We all ran to our grocery stores and bought water and bread just in case. My own city of Cedar Park, well above sea level and far from the gulf coast, issued a “you may have to evacuate” email, which was ridiculous. I wonder if they thought Dallas and the whole state of Oklahoma needed to…

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all my feelings re: sending my kids to public school

By | change, choosing, homeschooling, hope, lessons in life, momhood, Motherhood, problems | One Comment

For the last eight years, all of our kids have been homeschooled. It’s so weird. I didn’t even want to homeschool my kids when they were little. I used to pray and ask God to please, please, please give us a great public school. But then we moved and I heard some concerning things about the school my oldest was supposed to go to for kindergarten. Kindergarten seemed like an easy thing to teach a…

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prayers for true beauty

By | beauty, lessons in life, women | No Comments

“Our humanity comes to its fullest bloom in giving. We become beautiful people when we give whatever we can give: a smile, a handshake, a kiss, an embrace, a word of love, a present, a part of our life…all of our life.” -Henri Nouwen, Life of the Beloved   When I was first married, I stood in my underwear one day brushing my teeth, and looked defensively at my new husband. “I hope you know…

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this is why motherhood will make you crazy lovely

By | beauty, lessons in life, love, momhood | 2 Comments

“If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.” -1 Corinthians 13:3-7 (MSG) We have been at the pool almost every night for the past few days. Post-dinner swimming is my favorite part of summer living in Texas, where…

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being God’s storytellers: prayers that can make you strong

By | a year on the front row, choosing, faith, lessons in life, ministry | One Comment

When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”  And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.  And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child.  And all who heard it wondered at what…

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wonder woman & jesus & all of us

By | courage, faith, lessons in life, love, women | 2 Comments

Last week I sat in a quintessentially Austin burrito place with two of my friends and I told them about the movie Wonder Woman. “I cried when she fought her way across no man’s land. All I could think was, ‘I want to be that!!’” I said. “I read about this,” my friend said. “It’s happening to women all over the nation!” And she was right. There have been articles in the LA Times, USA…

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life on the battlefield: falling into worship

By | lessons in life, problems, worship | No Comments

“Let them give glory to the Lord and proclaim his praise in the islands. The Lord will march out like a champion,  like a warrior he will stir up his zeal; with a shout he will raise the battle cry  and will triumph over his enemies.” Isaiah 42:12-13   When I was a toddler, I fell out the back of a moving VW van. I’m pretty sure all the cool kids were doing it back then, sitting up in the weird rear…

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middle-aged mom life is a real thing

By | change, lessons in life, momhood, Motherhood, women | One Comment

When I imagined myself as a mom, it was always as a young mom of very small children. It is a pure shock to me that that stage has ended in many ways for me. I can’t really explain my utter lack of reality, except to say I like babies and wish my kids could be Peter Pan. However, my oldest will be a TEENAGER on Saturday, and I feel like Alice when she went…

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all the favorites: books & posts from 2016

By | books, lessons in life, ministry, transparency, vulnerability, what i'm reading | No Comments

I really don’t know where this year has gone. I had high expectations for 2016 to be something special, because I was turning forty (why are new decades such a WEIRD THING, by the way??) and 2016 was the year Morgan and I would celebrate 15 years of marriage (which seems like a lot to everyone except the people who have been married for any number of years over sixteen). I was very “Audrey Hepburn…

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an advent prayer for the weary parent’s heart

By | Christmas, courage, dads, lessons in life, momhood, prayer, problems, spiritual disciplines | No Comments

Morgan and I always seem to have these deep parenting talks in the dark of bedtime, when the day is over and dishes are done and we can rest at last. The conversation always begins the same way:“I’m not sure the kids are doing so great right now…”The sun has gone to bed, but my heart can’t rest after the long day of raising big kids. This weariness is different than the exhaustion of tending to…

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