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Lenten Reflections: The Cross and the Lynching Tree

Lenten Reflections: The Cross and the Lynching Tree

For seven months I was a mother to a beautiful boy with the most gorgeous curly hair and dark skin. We brought him home from the hospital on my daughter Dani’s birthday and for weeks she proudly proclaimed that she “got a brother for her birthday!” While I had parented three daughters (two biological, one foster) this was my first experience with a little boy and I polled my mom friends for advice. They all told me our bond would…

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What to do the morning after…

What to do the morning after…

I cried myself to sleep last night. And then woke up this morning still carrying the crushing weight of grief and worry. It sits in my gut like an anvil. It makes my hands shake when I try to type and my eyes water over at a kind word or gesture. As I pulled the covers up over my shoulder last night I remembered the last time I had cried myself to sleep: when our son Tony was taken from…

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get thee in the picture

get thee in the picture

Note: This post first appeared on my personal blog, October 2012. I have a little talk on photography I developed a few years ago to share with my MOPS groups. I’ve given it a few times now and am schedule for once more this year. I love this talk. I love encouraging moms in their photographing of their kids. This talk has little technical stuff, and lots of creative stuff. And my last big point is to remind moms that they need to…

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it happened to me

it happened to me

The last thing this world needs is another blog condemning gorilla mom, or a blog condemning gorilla mom’s condemners. (Because, honestly, my friend Rachel put it all to bed when she penned this amazing piece. Before anyone should call for a child to be taken into foster care, be careful to know that that means.) But I’ve been sitting on the sidelines since this thing exploded, watching hurtful words being thrown casually around, and doing my best to keep my…

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In the Middle of It All

In the Middle of It All

*This was originally posted on my personal blog. In the middle of it all, there He was. He wasn’t there to take it away. He wasn’t there to fix the problem. He wasn’t there to rescue. But God was there. He was there with gifts to remind me of His presence, of His care, of His deep love for me. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The day of TR’s accident we adopted a dog. We were people who swore for years and years that…

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My Heart and My Head

My Heart and My Head

*This post was originally posted on my personal blog. This little blog of mine, though often forgotten; though often full of fluff and fun and cute kid pictures and stories; though mostly light; has always been a sort of sanctuary for me. Whenever there has been a hard thing, this is the place where I turn when I can’t possibly pick up the phone or speak the details. When talking produces tears, but writing brings healing. Where friends and family…

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