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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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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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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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dear jesus, please don’t make me internet famous

By | a year on the front row, Austin, book proposal, books, dreams, failure, ministry, problems, social media, transparency, vulnerability, women | 8 Comments

We laid there in bed, hand in hand, staring up into darkness, at the ceiling we could not see. The silence of the house perched itself on our headboard. We felt nothing but relief that another day over and done. I imagined all of our responsibilities and duties bobbing above us, like balloons with strings anchored straight down into our souls. I laid there thinking about my dream of being a published author. All day,…

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all my feelings re: sending my kids to public school

By | change, choosing, homeschooling, hope, lessons in life, momhood, Motherhood, problems | One Comment

For the last eight years, all of our kids have been homeschooled. It’s so weird. I didn’t even want to homeschool my kids when they were little. I used to pray and ask God to please, please, please give us a great public school. But then we moved and I heard some concerning things about the school my oldest was supposed to go to for kindergarten. Kindergarten seemed like an easy thing to teach a…

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life on the battlefield: falling into worship

By | lessons in life, problems, worship | No Comments

“Let them give glory to the Lord and proclaim his praise in the islands. The Lord will march out like a champion,  like a warrior he will stir up his zeal; with a shout he will raise the battle cry  and will triumph over his enemies.” Isaiah 42:12-13   When I was a toddler, I fell out the back of a moving VW van. I’m pretty sure all the cool kids were doing it back then, sitting up in the weird rear…

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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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