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Author Archives: Lori

Whose Approval Are You Seeking?

I wear a lot of hats these days. I’m a wife. I’m a mom. I’m a writer. I’m an editor. I’m a teacher. I’m the primary chauffeur. I’m the cook. I’m the house cleaner. I’m the birthday party planner. I’m the keeper of the calendar. Of all those jobs, one of the most important is … Continue reading »

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Beauty in the Mess

It took three tries to get the kids out the door this morning. Forgotten IDs, retainer cases and instruments made the Monday morning rush a little more rushed. The migraine I’m nursing didn’t help. This particular Monday has already been a chaotic mess, and it doesn’t look to get much better with guitar lessons, homework, … Continue reading »

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Behavior Always Matters

My younger daughter was sick all last week. She missed the entire week of school. While she’s not running a fever this week, she’s still fighting through the remnants of her illness. She has a horrible cough and is exhausted by the time she gets home from school. Unfortunately, when you miss an entire week … Continue reading »

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It’s OK to Let Your Weakness Show

This poor little blog has been ridiculously neglected for the past two weeks. We’re still struggling to adjust to a new normal of both kids in school, me working outside the house two days a week and the new soccer and hockey schedules. Add to that a kid who has been sick for a week, … Continue reading »

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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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