The Greater Treasure

I’m a collector. If I can attach a special memory or person to an item, I keep it for nostalgia’s sake. This is especially true if it belonged to one of my grandmothers. In fact, buried somewhere in a treasured box is a dented, old silver salt shaker, standing alone as I never received the…
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School Year Priorities

The school year has begun and the landscape of our families has transitioned to fall. Sports, extracurricular activities, homework, and early bedtimes are back in full swing. And along with the busy schedules of school, comes something else that can sneak up on us this time of year: Comparison.    Comparing our kids to others…
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Whose Voice Are You Listening To?

We are all experiencing change in these days of weathering a global pandemic. As a stay-at-home mom of three, the greatest change for me has been the massive increase in total face-to-face time with my kids. I’ve told many people that parenting right now feels relentless. From the minute I wake up to the minute…
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Foraging for Fruit

I’ve always been a performance-oriented person. Show me the numbers! I want to see stats! Even in Christian ministry work, the “fruit” is often measured in numbers of people helped, children fed, or people who came to know the Lord.   We’ve even come up with ratings for motherhood success: Are your children breastfed? Do…
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Let God Hit your Husband in the Face

Once upon a time, I was a young bride who had grand ideas of what married life would be like. I imagined clean bedrooms, romantic overtures, and spontaneous date nights (among other things). What I found, however, was that these were my ideas and that my husband had his own thoughts (imagine that!)   Therefore,…
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Pregnant in a Pandemic

Let’s face it… pregnancy can be hard. Let alone in a pandemic. All types of emotions are already fragile and fired up with hormones. Top it off with comments from others like, “Is this really the best time to have a baby?” Followed by my favorite comment I’ve received so far, “You and your husband didn’t…
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Your YES Matters

Recently I was looking at toddler and preschool videos of my two daughters, who are now braces-clad 12 and 13 year olds. Watching those years in retrospect, I can’t get over their cuteness. Prancing around in princess dresses, proudly demonstrating their mastery of somersaults, doing their best to shape the cookie dough into perfectly round…
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A New Thing

I . love . change. Well, at least 98% of the time.    When my husband and I first got married and had our first apartment, randomly we would get that “look in our eye” (not THAT look 😉) — the, “let’s change something” look. And then one of us would say, “What do you…
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It’s not my party and I can cry if I want to!

My family is composed of high feelers. You will regularly find the entire spectrum of human emotion displayed through my wild and free five-year-old. This fierce beauty wears her heart on her sleeve. In fact, at her younger sister’s last birthday, she was recorded saying, “I know it’s not my party and I can cry…
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Homeschooling without Regrets

Homeschooling had never been on my radar. And for a variety of reasons, my husband was adamantly against it. We loved our daughters’ private Christian school, and I loved having part of the day to myself again.   What I didn’t love was the pace of life we were caught up in. Here is a…
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