Wait. He’ll Strengthen Your Heart


Tis the season for backpacks, new crayons, and busy schedules. The season for fresh beginnings and habitual activity.  And you and I can feel lost in the jungle of ordinary.  This lowly season of redundancy.   Unless we have set Him before us.  Unless we find rest in hope.  Pleasure in the wait. Joy in now. This post, from one year ago, it's still my heart.   The lady in the restroom at church chuckled and said, "So much for privacy!" when she saw my youngest … [Continue reading...]

Why so Quiet?


To everything, there is a season.  A time for every purpose under heaven.  Ecc. 3 I find myself blissfully anticipating the arrival of fall.  You?  It's my favorite.  Windows shoot up throughout the house.  Power bills drop. Pumpkin-based dishes permeate the house.  As does the clean breeze of an October day.  My soul thrives in autumn.  The world turns and our year is divided into four seasons.  Period. And then, there's life seasons.  None of which are as predictable. I've been … [Continue reading...]

“I’m Going to Knock You Out”


Dear lady behind me at the copy desk at Staples with your precious and rambunctious, RED-HEADED, 5 or 6 year old little boy who was putting your mothering to the test, You don’t know me nor do I you.  And your son is adorable, but you must know I have a thing for red-heads.   [...]

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Birthday Tea


There’s something different about “7.” Something that makes it sound so much more grown up than “6.” “Six” sounds cute.  Missing teeth cute.  Little girl, innocent, snuggle in mama’s lap cute. And 7? It’s different.  Maybe it’s because it’s her first 2-syllable age! It sounds mature, proper, growny. She asked to have a tea party [...]

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Grace…In Real Life


I haven’t exercised in weeks. No scrapbooks are current.  None. Ok…I’ll be real.  Levi, the youngest, doesn’t even have one. My fall flag is flapping in the wind out back.  Complete with harvest cornucopia and all. So when you see my photos, you must know that they are my silver lining.  They are packages of [...]

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HOPE transforms


But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love.  Psalm 33:18 Gearing up for a new year is like iron man suiting up for the next mission.  We know we’ll be hit, knocked down, and fully engaged in combat…though probably with the calendar. [...]

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When Christmas Comes to Town


It’s our theme song this year. Sang it loud to the firemen and even louder in their carseats. And then as a quartet at Papa and Gigi’s. And by the light of the Christmas tree. Where we all sat piled together, hot cocoa and cupcakes within arms length, to watch our very favorite, The Polar [...]

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The REAL prize of motherhood


I’ll just pretend it hasn’t been a million weeks since I’ve written.  Because, all of you are friends.  And, everyone knows good friends can always just pick up where they left off?  I recommence.   I drove to a stop in my driveway last week and noticed something blue plastered to the front of my [...]

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A Rest In The Hills


A month of a blog sabbatical, I have a heart full of life.  One month looks like years in pictures.  The pictures, they’re the blood that runs through me.  So, even when I break from words on a screen, the pictures they tell me the stories.  The, “Oh yes! we DID see a millipede.” And, [...]

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The Sweetest Harvest, day 14 – Remember the Calling and Live It Up!


When you feel the kicking from deep within and you can’t see your toes, you’ve been called. When you wake up every hour to visit the smallest room of your house and you put feet to floor slow and easy to avoid a sickening mess, you’ve been called.   When the reality hits and the [...]

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