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Author Archives: Lori

Let Grace Be Their Strength

So, I wrote about offering our kids grace yesterday. Funny thing. Apparently, God was talking to me. My younger daughter made the transition to middle school this year. After five years in elementary school and a year of homeschool, she walked into the doors of our local middle school. She’s made the transition remarkably well. … Continue reading »

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Grace for the Changes

There’s not been a lot happening in this space the past two weeks. School started. Schedules shifted, and we’ve all been trying to adjust to the new normal that is the school year. Despite having more time alone, it’s been difficult to slot blogging into the new schedule. When the school year rolls around, it … Continue reading »

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Gaining Perspective on Losing

My older daughter played her first soccer game of the season on Saturday. She was so excited, dressed in her uniform at 9 a.m. for a 12:45 game. She couldn’t wait to get on the field. It didn’t take long for things to go sour. She forgot her conflict jersey (and we needed them). Her … Continue reading »

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A First Day of School Prayer

I dropped both my girls off at middle school this morning for their first full day of school. I’m having a little trouble wrapping my head around the fact that I have a sixth-grader and an eighth-grader. I love the fact that they are growing up into beautiful, compassionate young ladies, but I’d be lying … Continue reading »

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Discussing Robin Williams

Robin Williams died yesterday. The man who brought so much laughter to this world couldn’t find any in his own life and killed himself. I had no plans to blog about this. As tragic and sad as it is, it wasn’t something I felt I needed to address. Until this morning. My younger daughter crawled … Continue reading »

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When Sports Overwhelm

My girls both play sports competitively. It means we spend a lot of time and money for them to play. And that’s fine. It’s a choice we’ve made to let our girls follow their passions. But there comes a moment when we have to say enough is enough. We reached that point this summer. My … Continue reading »

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Time to Just Be

I had a little meltdown on Sunday. It was one of those days where everything was just a little bit off. My husband and I couldn’t seem to get on the same page. My girls were standing on my last nerve. Everything was simply overwhelming. So I cried. I cried because I felt completely inadequate. … Continue reading »

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First Friday: The Breathtaking Grief of a Child

The faith of a child can be breathtaking. I’ve known it.  I’ve seen it.  I’ve craved it. But over the last few weeks, I have realized something else entirely can steal your breath when it flows from the hands, the mouth and the heart of a child… And that something is grief. As keenly as … Continue reading »

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Encouraging Our Kids to Be Themselves

I took my younger daughter shopping for school clothes yesterday. It’s always a process to take her shopping. She’s so petite that it’s difficult to find clothes that she likes that fit. Up to this point, she’s been a T-shirt kind of girl, but she’s headed off to middle school this year. At one point … Continue reading »

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A Reminder to Be Intentional

My older daughter is at camp this week with our church’s middle school group. She’s gone for five days with no phone. Our only contact with her is pictures that her leaders are posting on Instagram. She looks like she’s having a blast. Both girls were gone a couple of weeks ago for a week … Continue reading »

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