Big Red Wagon Faith


31,102 the number of verses in the Bible, lamp unto our feet, light unto our path, revealed truths, life-giving, heart impressing, jaw dropping, grace giving, spirit sharpening, generation changing truths at our fingertips. The perfect gift to share with our children. A pattern for their success. Producing fruits of righteousness from the cradle to their graves. He was pulling the big red wagon uphill from the woods of the back to the sweet gum ball piles in the front.  He, the … [Continue reading...]

The Gift of Now


I'm sitting here in my bedroom listening to the muffled sounds of reading and "close the door,"  and a toilet flushing.  I catch myself holding my breath in the quiet thinking someone is going to break the peace and yell.  Breathe.   We're trying to hold this little house together with that "FOR SALE" sign out front and all.  And our bedroom is where things pile up.  So, above this screen, I see pictures stacked against a wall.  My wedding portrait, Savannah's three month baby shot, a canvas of … [Continue reading...]

All There


Today after lunch, he needed to let it all out.  So, I left chicken salad out on the counter far too long and I listened longer. And then, I saw that I scratched out this post this very day 3 years ago. Such a simple message, but one I very much longed to read again. […]

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With All My Heart in 2016


Little drops of water, Little grains of sand,  Make the mighty ocean And the pleasant land. So the little moments,  Humble though they be, Make the mighty ages of Eternity. Little deeds of kindness, Little words of love, Help to make earth happy Like the Heaven above. Carl Sandburg’s next door neighbor, Julia Fletcher Carney, […]

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Putting My Apron Over My Head


Every time I scratch their backs, I realize I can do this one more day.  I can mediate arguments and teach them how to fold a blanket one more time.  Face the kitchen sink at noon and shake my head at how it piled so fast.  Again.  Talk through why we don’t bite and hit. […]

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Bend Low


  I may have noticed it most when my back kept me from stooping that Monday.  And Tuesday and Wednesday. Some months back. That I spend a lot of time less than 180°.  Bent low. To pick up the raisins that made it into the laundry room? To clean a croc that just danced over dog business. […]

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A Beautiful Interruption


I almost googled, “How to write a blog post.”  Almost. Truth is, it has been a long drawn-out while. I met a lady a few months ago at a creamery/dairy farm three towns over.  Both of us bustling around with littles, she said, “Hey!  I follow your blog.  You haven’t posted in a really long […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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“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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