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5 Things I Want My Kids to Know About God

My girls are 11 and 13. They are both in the midst of trying to figure out who they are, who they want to be and how God fits into the mix. My older daughter has a giant faith. She believes with her whole heart that God can do anything. She has no trouble believing … Continue reading »

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A Square Peg Won’t Fit in a Round Hole

Square peg. Round hole. Two things that will never fit together. Yet sometimes, we try so hard to make that square peg fit in a round hole. There’s a scene in the movie Apollo 13 where the engineers in Houston had to figure out how to make a square air filter fit into a round … Continue reading »

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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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A Time of Rest

I’m sure you’ve noticed things have been a little quiet around here lately. We’ve been on vacation, and yesterday was my birthday, so I took a little blogging break. The truth is I haven’t been super consistent about blogging for over a month now. With the daily grind of working, homeschooling, serving in ministry, raising … Continue reading »

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When It’s Time to Change

It’s Vacation Bible School week at our church, and it’s a bittersweet time for me. This is the last year that I’ll have a child participating in VBS. I love VBS. I chose to follow Jesus during fifth-grade Vacation Bible School, and I’ve been teaching VBS since I was in high school. I’ve been involved … Continue reading »

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Bittersweet Moments

I cleaned up our school area last night. It was a bittersweet moment. After homeschooling my younger daughter for a year, she’s headed to middle school next year. I enjoyed spending the year with my daughter. I got to learn things about her that I didn’t know. I got a glimpse into how her brain … Continue reading »

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Works in Progress

I started painting my kitchen about a month ago. Then, life happened. My daughter got injured. We had a rash of illnesses. The weekends got full of soccer and hockey. I got swamped with work. So the kitchen sits unfinished with three walls done and many more to go. It’s going to look great when … Continue reading »

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Your Kids Aren’t Like Anyone Else’s Kids

My younger daughter brought home a ceramic fish that she made in art class the other day. For a 10-year-old’s pinch pot fish, it looked really good. She spent a few minutes telling me all about the details of her fish. One thing she said struck me. “He’s not perfect. I did that on purpose. … Continue reading »

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