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You Are Doing Great

By | article, faith, family, forgiveness, God, gospel, gospel mama, hope, lessons in life, problems, trust, women, words | No Comments

Once upon a time, I had four children under five years old.    In those days, some tiny person was always waking me up in the middle of the night. I would change a diaper or make a bottle or calm a scared toddler before collapsing back into the welcoming cocoon of my bed. I was borderline obsessed with my bed back then. Then an hour later, a different tiny person was waking me up…

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my favorite pre-pandemic memory is toilet paper

By | Austin, change, courage, faith, family, fear, God, social media, Suffering | 4 Comments

Oh, 2020, you crazy little year, we really didn’t expect this much drama from you. Remember when we were so nervous about how we would weather another election year? Remember when we were having so much fun arguing online about whether or not people should get a flu shot? Remember when Facebook was full of our obnoxious relatives’ political posts instead of photos of empty grocery store shelves? I was driving home from the grocery…

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mad respect for summer people

By | Austin, dreams, family, Joy, lessons in life, women | No Comments

Greetings, fellow Summer Warriors! How is the fight for greatness going in 2019 for you? Are you killing it this year, achieving your epic summer goals? Or are you on the Summer Struggle Bus like I am?  I actually have a photo of my Summer Struggle Bus. I chose this one because if you’re going to fail at doing summer right, you might as well be in a wicked cool vintage vehicle: The thing is,…

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cultural phenomenon: why moms hate the last weeks of school

By | change, family, homeschooling, lessons in life, momhood, Motherhood, problems, Suffering | 2 Comments

Last August I fired myself as a middle school homeschooling teacher, and we enrolled our three oldest kids in public school. We didn’t know if we would like this new way of life. It was a big change, and change is scary. However, given my lack of talent for organizing three middle schoolers’ assignments and grades and our determination not to produce children who are complete dunces, it seemed like the only logical step. I…

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how to really succeed in life

By | article, celebrating, choosing, failure, family, Joy | 2 Comments

Each one of these people of faith died not yet having in hand what was promised, but still believing. How did they do it? They saw it way off in the distance, waved their greeting, and accepted the fact that they were transients in this world. People who live this way make it plain that they are looking for their true home. If they were homesick for the old country, they could have gone back…

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god’s dream for us is revolution

By | article, choosing, diversity, dreams, faith, family, forgiveness, friendship, God, grace, problems | 2 Comments

“Good morning, Revolution: You’re the very best friend I ever had. We gonna pal around together from now on.” -Langston Hughes   Some things have changed a lot since Langston Hughes wrote those words, but we are still awaiting the deep work of revolution to take its place in our world and in our lives. We need some miracles. Christianity, at its roots, offers us the opportunity to live beyond the comfortable and the usual in our…

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my window prayer for belonging

By | article, faith, family, friendship, God, hope, prayer, shame, spiritual disciplines, vulnerability | One Comment

“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone…

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first love and big trophies

By | dreams, family, God, love, pixar | One Comment

  “I see what you’ve done, your hard, hard work, your refusal to quit. I know you can’t stomach evil, that you weed out apostolic pretenders. I know your persistence, your courage in my cause, that you never wear out. But you walked away from your first love—why? What’s going on with you, anyway?….Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches. I’m about to call each conqueror to dinner. I’m spreading…

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winning the trust (and hearts!) of our children

By | faith, family, transparency, trust, vulnerability | No Comments

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” -1 Peter 2:9-10 Last night we walked home from the park as a family, and one of my kids stayed close by…

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the hidden gift in motherhood

By | article, family, God, grace, momhood, Motherhood | No Comments

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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