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how to live a holy life

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“A priest is a priest no matter where she happens to be. Her job is to recognize the holy in things and hold them up to God. Her job is to speak in a way that helps other people recognize holiness of things, too.” -Barbara Brown Taylor, Leaving Church I wonder where everybody is today. Are you driving across state lines, heading to Grandma’s house or Cousin Jenny’s cabin for the holiday? Are you crouched…

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On Being Imaginary Awesome

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{Hi everyone! Our family is still on vacation in East Texas, but today I’m guest posting over on Amber Salhus’s blog today. Here’s the beginning of the post,you can just click on over to read the rest of the post…} When I was six years old, my friend Dayna and I liked to play hospital. One of us was the pregnant woman, the other was the nurse/Doctor/entire hospital staff. I had seen an episode of…

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when you know exactly what you’re doing

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I had a strange thought yesterday. This one curious thought was born from many smaller thoughts. One of them came in the middle of our new online French lesson. Another popped into my head when my boys collapsed under the weight of laughter that results in writing fictional names on Which Wich order bags (getting the sandwich guy to yell out “Bobby Joe!!” and “Elvis Presley!!” is the end of hilarity to a ten year…

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how to be the best mom in the whole world

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Every night that I sit on his bed and kiss him goodnight, my ten year-old Boy 1 says the exact same thing to me: “You’re the Best Mom in the Whole World.” It always makes me smile, and I thank him, and I tell him I love him forever. I feel loved by him, and cared for in deep places of my soul because a boy whose whole world revolves mostly around the Dallas Cowboys,…

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being careful with your first-born

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Mr. Fantastic and I were at our favorite restaurant Monday night, enjoying the amazing food and each other’s fine company, when a large party, a family full of grandparents, young parents and a wee, precious baby was seated near us. I totally couldn’t stop watching the baby. That very morning, I had signed my youngest up for kindergarten. This action caused some definite symptoms of mild PTSD, so you will have to excuse my awkwardness….

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why perfect mothers don’t exist

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Yesterday morning I was greeted by the sight of the homemade applesauce I made the night before, sitting on the counter, sour and spoiled. I had forgotten to put it away before bed. Then I dropped a new, open container of peanut butter in a dirty sink of dishes. Some days your mistakes flash in your face like a death signal, screaming that you’ll never amount to anything. My children all sat at the kitchen…

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pretty feet

By | article, love, Perfection, women | 4 Comments

I always wanted to be beautiful. I remember looking at beautiful women as a little girl and hoping, just hoping that one day I would be as lovely. I read magazines in middle school, wondering how to attain the “perfect look”. I felt stunning on my wedding day knowing I was loved and chosen, wearing a beautiful dress, with my hair done, and professionally applied make-up. As the years go by and the flower of…

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everyday mess

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Our yard is full of mature Live Oak trees. Live Oaks don’t just drop their leaves in the fall. Their leaves fall twice in the year, during spring and fall. This year, with the mild winter and the early spring, the poor confused leaves have just constantly fallen. Every time we get wind or rain the yard fills with leaves. The leaves must be raked and bagged or they will kill the grass. The front…

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stains

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Do you have a weakness?  Is there some character flaw that, time and again, seems to rear its ugly head and scream maniacally at the world, “Look at me!  I am the thing that she can’t seem to overcome.  Bwah ha ha ha!”Me too.Today I walked into the dining room and looked at the cream carpet that someone else without four small children, and who probably didn’t entertain much, chose at some point in time….

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my throwing arm

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But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. -2 Corintians 12:9 Once when I was still a wee teenager, I saw this guy who was a quarterback for a rival school. You could tell he threw right-handed because his right bicep and tricep were about,…

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