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lessons in life

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 john macarthur made me cry

By | a year on the front row, discipline, diversity, lessons in life, ministry, women | No Comments

Hi you guys,  I wanted to tell you how ridiculously hilarious it is to me that I preached in church the same weekend the internet went crazy over the topic of women in the pulpit. I mean, God’s got jokes, right?? I am honestly so tired from speaking in four services on Sunday, that I hardly have the energy to write much in defense of my whole life. But there is a well-thought-out, legitimate biblical…

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here’s to all the flukes and the impostors out there

By | book proposal, books, celebrating, courage, dreams, failure, God, hope, Joy, lessons in life | No Comments

Once upon a time I signed a book deal and wrote a manuscript and sent it off to my publisher. Writing over 60,000 words should feel like a lot of work, but it felt so stinking fun for me. It was fun to figure out what works, fun to see the word count slowly grow and grow, fun to know that a few someones would someday read a whole book I wrote (even if those…

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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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how to have faith when life is different than you expected

By | change, choosing, courage, devotional, faith, God, God's presence, grace, lessons in life, love, momhood, problems, Suffering, trust | No Comments

Last week, our family spent a quick weekend in Tampa after spending the previous week at a conference in Orlando. I brought a special souvenir home from Florida. All the late nights, fast food, massive coffee consumption, and one gajillion handshakes and hugs exposed me to some kind of head cold and so I’m sniffly and coughing today. Morgan and I were trying to figure out how I could have picked up this icky bug….

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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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the long road of motherhood

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

I spend most of my afternoons in the car, picking kids up and dropping them off all over town. If Uber wanted to create a better system for finding experienced drivers, they should just hire empty nester moms who are well-used to being summoned by text because “practice is done. plz come get me”, or “sam needs a ride, too. can we drop him @ home?” IT IS MY JOY TO SERVE YOU AND YOUR…

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how can you know if you have what it takes?

By | a year on the front row, dreams, faith, hope, lessons in life, problems, vulnerability | No Comments

Okay, guys, it’s the last week of school for my kids. Every other school district in town has been out since the beginning of time, but my kids still have until Friday because justice is not on our side. We are in mourning until our people are at last released. I have bought all sorts of delicious snack foods so we can eat our feelings. We are taking late night walks and doing puzzles and…

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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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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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