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Roundup: Great “real people” Reads for Kids

Roundup: Great “real people” Reads for Kids

This week I had the opportunity to lead the story/cinema station for our church’s afternoon daycamp. For four days I was visited by different grade levels, where we would review the Bible story for the day, learn our memory verse, and I would share a story of someone who lived out the day’s main point in their lives. It took a bit of searching to find just the right story to fit with each day’s point, and each story was…

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Best Ever End-of-the-Year Teacher Gift

Best Ever End-of-the-Year Teacher Gift

We have just under a month left before summer break, but I know for my friends in the south that means you have even less time. So today I’m sharing my favorite end-of-year teacher gift that has been excitedly received by our teachers the past few years. We have been blessed with amazing public school teachers that give and love and teach my kids in wonderful ways that we could never ever repay – but this gift is simple, thoughtful,…

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Just For Fun – Two Truths & A Lie

Just For Fun – Two Truths & A Lie

I thought it would be fun from time-to-time to use this space to tell you a bit about myself. And I’d REALLY LOVE you to join in and share about yourself in the comments. It encourages me to know who is stopping by this little internet space of mine. So today, how about a little Two Truths and a Lie? We played this a while ago at Teen MOPS, so I’ve already got my statements ready to go. Leave a…

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the scary face

the scary face

Note: This post first appeared on my personal blog May 2007.   A conversation between Darin and myself last night after I settled onto the couch: Darin: How was work today? How was your staff meeting? Me: Work was good. Staff meeting was pretty good. I kinda threw a bit of a temper tantrum though. Darin: Oh yeah? Why? Deanna: Well, Pastor Mike threw this huge project at us (involving collecting all the worship songs we sing from April-September) and…

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Scenes from an Egalitarian Marriage: Halloween

Scenes from an Egalitarian Marriage: Halloween

We may read a lot about complementarian versus egaliatarian marriages in theory, but what does an egalitarian marriage look like in practice? That’s the purpose of this series: a glimpse of how roles based on giftedness and not gender, how mutual submission and genuine partnership can look in the midst of a real-life relationship-ours.    While we’re not really into the spooky/scary stuff of Halloween, the Gemmer family has always been into dressing up. Early each fall we sit down…

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Summer 2016 in 16 pictures

Summer 2016 in 16 pictures

I’ve been a bit busy the past few months – busy playing and relaxing and definitely not studying. Just for fun, here are 16 pictures from our awesome summer of 2016.                           I’m sad that summer 2016 is in the books, but beyond grateful for the memories we made together.

doing hard things

doing hard things

Some time ago my dear husband declared our family motto to be “Do Hard Things.” It wasn’t like he stood up and proclaimed it one day over us, it was a slow and steady build as we followed God into hard things. And as we realized this is the right attitude to have as a family: saying yes to hard things, perseverance, persistence, and clinging tightly to the knowledge that God is walking before us and with us into hard…

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