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On a Blanket with what Really, Really Matters

Last week our youngest child turned one. Her first year has been one of transition, change and interruption. It's been late nights and early mornings, dust and dishes, moving boxes and figuring out a new normal. Which kind of never came, besides regular crazy turning...

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Introducing… my First Hold-in-Your-Hands Book!

Two years ago I wrote a book. I wrote A Moment of Christmas for the weary woman being crushed under the weight of Pinterest-pressure. The woman so exhausted she hasn’t read anything for herself in months or more. The woman desperate for connection with her own soul,...

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What We Can Do When Evil is Easier to See

Twenty-seven years later, Jacob Wetterling has been found. The horrific details have been dredged out and pushed into the light, and collectively we begin again the grieving process of a boy most of us never met, but whom all of us mourned. He changed our Minnesotan...

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One for the Books

It's been a month for the books, friends. My calendar said July was going to roar in with a great 'whooooosh' and swoop out just as quickly, but bobbing along in its tide has still been a surprise. We spent our annual weekend at family camp and as usual, it was...

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These Days, Mothering Is…

These days, mothering may not look like the movies. Or the TV shows. Or most of our Instagram feeds. Or our friends lives. Or what we thought it would look like. These days... Mothering is sharing all of my food. Anything on my plate, going to be on my plate, used to...

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From Where They Stand

The other day, my 4 year old took my phone. He held it carefully for an hour, snapping pictures at every turn. I posed with him for a few, but the subjects and angles were all him. All from his vantage point. All things that matter to him. All in the exact way that he...

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When Love Looks Like a Latte

Collapsing into the couch, I stared out across the pond out back, too spent to actually see anything in my view. We'd just had the world's worst trip to the store, hot on the heels of a day that wouldn't quit being crappy, and I sent this SOS text to a few dear and...

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I’m here. I’m well. I’m covered in babies.

Hi friends. Like I said, I'm back. I'm here. I'm well. I'm covered in babies. We've made it through the 'round the clock newborn phase. We're all the way into the real live baby phase. This one is now 5 months old. She is rolling and drooling and coo-ing and grinning....

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Not Every Good Thing is a God Thing

When I read Priscilla's words on Sabbath in "Fervent" on idols, on motivation and agenda, my heart sank a bit as the truth rose to the surface. My mind flashed to a scene that repeats itself far too often in my real life: A cooing baby girl in her carseat placed on...

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