what i’m reading: spring 2017

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  Happy Spring, everyone! Here in Texas, the bluebonnets are lining all the highways, and we are basking in or two weeks of perfect weather before the onslaught of endless heat hits us. A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine made the mistake of asking me what I’m reading. I think I overwhelmed him a teensy bit with my twenty minute long answer. In my defense, I was given a gift card to…

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oy with the poodles already

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Last weekend, I was having an all-too-frequent moment of insecurity. I’m not sure there’s a way to avoid these here on earth, as long as we’re clothed in this fading flesh of ours. Everyone I know is afraid they may not be enough now and then. Gosh, we’re a neurotically flawed bunch. I try not to wallow, though. As Lorelei would say: Oy with the poodles already. Oy with the poodles already is Gilmore Girls talk…

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how to get some happy in your life

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Raising kids is a roller coaster of emotionally epic proportions. It’s happy. It’s exciting. It’s terrifying. It leaves you screaming, crying, and coming back for more. It makes us all so tired and ready to lie down. Today my second boy is turning twelve. I really didn’t expect this unusual feat of miraculous aging when I first held him in my arms over a decade ago. I mean, I knew he would get older, of…

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what i’m reading: all the pretty things and others

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I just finished Edie Wadsworth’s beautiful memoir All the Pretty Things: The Story of a Southern Girl Who Went through Fire to Find Her Way Home. It was a deep and vulnerable and hope-filled story, and I think you guys will love it. It’s about loving flawed people, forgiving the unforgivable, and finding grace and forgiveness for your own failures. I finished Shauna Niequist’s Present Over Perfect a while ago, and the challenge it brought me…

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waiting, salvation, and the beauty of blooming late in life

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On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Nearby stood six stone water jars, the…

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books: the new punk rock of our modern era

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Have you ever posted something on social media and then been surprised that so many people liked it and shared it? This was the photo and the text of my post:  “All of my kids are readers. Sometimes people ask how we “made that happen”. I don’t think we “tried” to make it happen, exactly, but I do believe some intentional choices opened the door to reading as a way of life in our home: …

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the soul of your marriage

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“Of all the knowledge that we can ever obtain, the knowledge of God, and the knowledge of ourselves, are the most important.” – Jonathan Edwards Morgan and I sat in the low light of a lovely restaurant, with quiet words passing between us. A jazz band played somewhere around the corner, and at the other tables sat beautiful people, smiling, feasting, and celebrating who-knows-what.The conversation turned from the the events of the day to the…

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the speck in my eye (and tooth)

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“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” -James 1:2 “To have courage for whatever comes in life – everything lies in that.” -St. Theresa of Avila A few days ago I went to the dentist for the second time in a month. Clearly, I am a girl who knows where to go to have a good time. I…

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how to find your place in all the confusion

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Last Thursday, I rearranged the whole downstairs of my house because there were feelings and thoughts piled up in my head. All those feelings and thoughts needed new places, but I couldn’t make them all fit. So I moved the tangible things I could. It’s my own favorite kind of therapy. Because, I don’t know if you know this, but in order to achieve my dream of publishing a book, I’m supposed to be famous…

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the hidden gift in motherhood

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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 even after the Sun has set, the air hangs all hot on your neck like a wool sweater. The boys hit each other with pool noodles in some kind of destructive boy ritual, my daughter calls out for me to watch her do tricks and flips underwater, and I…

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