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Preparing for Advent

Preparing for Advent

Is it just me or has 2016 flown by? Here we are shopping and cleaning and all the general preparation that goes into hosting Thanksgiving this year (my first time EVER, more on that later) and I just realized the First Sunday of Advent is THIS WEEK! But honestly, I can’t remember a time where I have been more grateful for the literal darkness and the reminder to slow down and wait on God with expectant hope. I need this…

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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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on doubt

on doubt

Note: this post first appeared on my personal blog May 2015.   Dear Daisy, Honestly, I don’t know how this conversation even started (maybe I have should written about it right away, huh?). But then you asked a question, “Mom, what do I believe as a Christian?” Oh girl…where to begin?! I explained a few things, like how we believe that Jesus is the Son of God and came to earth to teach us about God and show us a…

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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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Diffusing the Temper Before it Becomes a Tantrum

Diffusing the Temper Before it Becomes a Tantrum

Note: I submitted the following article to a magazine. It was not selected. So why not share with y’all?!   My second daughter was born on the hottest day ever. Well, probably not the hottest day ever in the world, but in our neck of the Pacific Northwest, June 28, 2009 is the hottest day ever recorded. And I use this fact to explain much of the hot-headedness of this strong-willed, big-emotioned girl of mine. At 6-months old she was…

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Daughters, Jesus, & the F-Word

Daughters, Jesus, & the F-Word

For the past few years my daughters have been involved in a local Wednesday-night girl’s ministry. They have loved the program and it has been a great opportunity for them to learn Bible verses, make friends, be mentored, and grow in their understanding of Christian principles. They were excited to go each week. But at the conclusion of the end-of-the-year awards night, my youngest leaned over and told me she wanted to join the boy’s club next year. And I didn’t…

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