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You Are Doing Great

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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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when a girl needs to run

By | choosing, courage, discipline, dreams, faith, gospel, midlife, spiritual disciplines, women | No Comments

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.” -1 Cor 9:24-27…

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where is the love we need most of all

By | choosing, courage, devotional, diversity, dreams, failure, gospel, lessons in life, problems, social media, vulnerability, women | One Comment

  I logged onto Facebook today and I can’t decide what to be most upset about— what’s happening in the world or what’s happening in our social media posts. I grieve our lostness in this world. Lost under the weight of arguments. Lost in the justifications. Lost to kindness. Lost from each other. Over the years, in our home, there have been moments when my children have been rude to one another. The ensuing conversation…

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what god expects from you

By | dreams, failure, fairness, fear, gospel, lessons in life, problems, Suffering, transparency, vulnerability | No Comments

Raise your hand if your life feels crazy. This how many times I want to raise my hand for that one: On Saturday, our family had four baseball games, a six hour morning ballet rehearsal, out-of-town family visiting, a clarinet competition, and an evening ballet performance, after which we hosted a birthday dinner celebrating my third son. On Sunday we had three church services, two baseball games, community group, and Morgan had an eight hour…

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my election night prayer

By | a year on the front row, gospel, grace, prayer, problems | No Comments

It’s election night and even though it feels like life as we know it is about to end no matter which candidate wins, I keep telling myself that it’s going to be okay. It just may not feel like it’s okay tomorrow. But, eventually we’ll get there. Until then, though, I am leaning HARD into all my favorite things (chocolate, gummy bears, bubble baths, and a good books) and painting Christmas ornaments to sell in…

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a few things that are saving me today

By | a year on the front row, article, gospel | No Comments

Last night I was home alone with the kids, and so I did one of those awesome Mom Things and made them watch a movie I knew they wouldn’t love as much as I do: Chariots of Fire. I am clearly suffering from the Olympic fever. But truly, I love that movie- the story, the faith, the sacrifice, the dreams realized, the lessons learned, the running in slow motion on the beach with grand music…

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shalom: for these days when nothing is as it ought to be

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I’m starting to feel like the world is one giant swirling gust of wind. Swoosh… there are ants in my kitchen and I can’t seem to get rid of them. The bug guy says they live in the walls. SUPER! Swoosh… my left eyelid is starting to wrinkle at an unprecedented rate, like it’s in a race to look eighty-five before I hit fifty. It’s so ahead of its time. I think I may name…

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making sense of beauty with my daughter

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When I was pregnant with her, I wondered if it would be different. After three sons, I wasn’t sure what would it be like to raise a daughter.{Girls are different, you know.} I delight in my boys. I am smitten and enthralled by their plucky way of conquering the world. Boys who need their mama make the world go ’round with love, love, love.Raising a girl, though, will undo the knots life has tied in your soul.I…

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let’s be adventurous

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Yesterday we packed up some snacks and drove to the Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas. We’ve been studying WW2, and wanted to put some skin on the stories. The museum didn’t disappoint. As we entered, a grey-haired man in a museum vest looked my kids and said, “I’m so glad you came today. This place is here for you.” Then he looked at me and Morgan and thanked us for bringing them…

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beautiful shame

By | article, God's presence, gospel, Poetry | No Comments

I see Your face as it rises over the land,Who can behold such a vision and not surely die? I stand amazed. I crumble slowly in the light of Your mercy,Fear flourishes within as pieces of me I deemed precious fall lifeless from my grip. The trumpet blasts- I fall to my knees;The darkness within me spins as a cyclone, a mighty wind within. My great need sucks the Word into my soul,Like spark and…

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