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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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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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Peace and the Single Girl

This isn’t a topic that I’m given to just generally broadcasting about, but I’ve been fielding a fair amount of questions about my single status lately (at what age do people stop trying to set you up with their relatives and friends – or maybe even your own relatives (I love you, Aunt Susie, but … Continue reading »

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Why I Love Being a Mother

Thank You for making me a mother. I know it isn’t quite how You’d planned. And yet, You keep blowing ashes into beauty, grace upon heaping grace, our falling all piled up into this one magnificent mound You’re molding into glory. I love this mothering job You’ve given me. You knew how alone I felt. … Continue reading »

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You’re the Same

She had a bad day today. And I am re-learning how to count gifts and number graces in the middle of chaos and her teacher texts me to tell me she’s sending home a note. It’s the first note in months, the first note since before the landscape began to change. And I’m tempted to … Continue reading »

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