I’d Rather Eat Tacos Than Weed My Garden

I hate yard projects. I hate raking, mowing, weeding, and maintaining the massive lilac bushes in my backyard. The unfortunate part about this, however, is that I happen to appreciate nature…so why can’t I get my act together so my yard actually looks nice??!   The truth is, I would rather sit on a patio…
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God Is FAITHFUL

In the spring of 2019, both my husband and I were working outside the home, but I was feeling an urgent tug to be at home full time for at least a couple years. We worked opposite schedules, and I was often at work during the evenings and weekends, which meant that time together as…
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The 11 Year Prayer

For 11 years I prayed that my mother-in-law would come to know Christ and that her relationship with my husband would be restored. Miraculously, just this last month, it was answered.   I would love to say that it was the result of unwavering faith, fervent prayer, and unrelenting expectation that God was going to…
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God is a GATHERER

My grandma had eight children. She was German Catholic, lived during the Great Depression, and could stretch a pound of beef like it was nobody’s business. I didn’t see her often as I grew up because she lived far away, but when I did see her at Christmas, she would hug me so fiercely and…
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Overwhelming Advice and Picnic Buffets

When I was a new mom 22 years ago, my only internet options were dial up. And if you don’t know what dial up is, you are very, very lucky. Had I gone to the internet for parenting advice back then, my baby would’ve aged a full year before one of the websites had loaded!…
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Trusting God in the NICU

Life is so precious and so fragile.   I gained a deeper understanding of God’s miracle of life and just how fragile it truly is when my son Iver was born.   My husband and I drove to the hospital with excited anticipation on a cold, early morning on December 31st, 2020. Having my son…
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My Defender

It was a day to retreat and reflect away from the kids and in the company of other moms. So there I was…waiting and expecting God to show up somehow. And suddenly, I was presented with this verse:   “The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still” (Exodus 14:14).   “Okay…
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One-Task Mothering

I was completely flustered. There I was, a brand new mom, with my firstborn baby, who would NOT stop crying! I fed, I rocked, I paced, I bounced. I shushed softly; I shushed loudly. No matter what I did, I couldn’t calm him down.   Everything felt so hard in those moments. Why wouldn’t he…
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“D” is for Devotions

The other day my daughter asked for a marker. I handed her one, and the next thing I knew I saw her writing on her hand with a sharpie! I asked her what she was doing, and she explained to me she was reminding herself to do devotions that night. You see, my 14-year old…
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Don’t Drink THAT Juice; it’s Mine!

“Don’t drink THAT juice; it’s mine!”   These were my words to our precious granddaughters one day. Of course I didn’t sound as harsh as that. My words were more like, “Don’t drink grandma’s juice. I have to drink it for my doctor’s appointment tomorrow.”    You see, I had mixed up my two-quart pitcher…
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