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Author Archives: andrea8979

My Name is Bess

My sisters, it’s time to come clean about this terrible thing I’ve been doing to so many of you for years now. It’s not just a terrible thing, it’s a dangerous thing. In fact, it is perhaps the single most dangerous thing I can do to you in our friendship because when I do it, … Continue reading »

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Missing The Forest

I accidentally snapped this shot of my house as I was documenting the ant revolution in my mailbox yesterday. That’s right. Hundreds of ants had a rager in my mailbox. On my mail. Hundreds. Of ants. I went inside and fretted over the ants. Then I fretted over the wasp nests all over my house. … Continue reading »

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Sing, Barren Woman

I saw an article over the weekend with a link to a video of young Christian men talking about what they’re looking for in a future wife. I didn’t have to watch the video to know its purpose or what the young men said. Essentially, it was meant to encourage young women to pursue holiness … Continue reading »

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With Miles To Go Before I Sleep

I was standing at the Robert Is Here farm and fruit stand in Florida City after a lovely visit to the Everglades National Park when I pulled my phone out of my purse and noticed I had a missed call. From a 1-800 number. And they left a voicemail. If you’re just three hours from … Continue reading »

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I’ll Take a Cup of Kindness Yet

As this year has drawn to a close, I’ve had a hard time thinking back over 2014 with anything besides regret and disappointment. Regret over decisions I’d made and disappointment that I haven’t finally gotten this life thing down. I mean, wasn’t this the year I was supposed to finally do that? It’s no wonder … Continue reading »

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The Hard Left

I wrote this almost exactly two months ago. I didn’t post it at the time – I just had this feeling that it wasn’t the right time. That rarely happens – I usually write knowing full well that I intend to post what I’m writing. If it is possible for these words to be even … Continue reading »

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Coming Out of Hiding

My heart has been slowly petrifying, inch by rocky inch, for quite some time now. At first, it was just numb. Then, right as it started to soften and feel again, chaos entered our lives with an untamed fury. I tried to keep up with the chaos as best as I could, but it was … Continue reading »

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Broken Skin

She’s been having a rough time lately. There’s a behavior chart at school, with colors that correspond to her behavior. She has a “fish”, and there are six different “lakes” her fish can land in. The sparkly blue lake means the fish had an exceptionally good day. The blue lake means a good day. The … Continue reading »

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Roasted Poblano and Hominy Chicken Chili

Fall + soup + roasted poblanos straight from Nana’s garden. Need I say more? Roasted Poblano and Hominy Chicken Chili 2 Tbsp butter 1 onion, chopped 1 Tbsp garlic, minced 1 can northern beans, drained 1 1/2 cans of hominy, drained 4 poblano peppers, roasted* and chopped 1 can Ro-Tel 1 large roasted chicken, deboned … Continue reading »

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The Hope Chest

“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert…” Isaiah 43:18-19 When I graduated from high school, my parents gave me a hope chest. … Continue reading »

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