While we are not looking…

October 8, 2014

As I sat down just now to write a post, I heard, from the other room, Jeff reading a bedtime story aloud to the kids. He’s reading Let Me Hold You Longer by Karen Kingsbury. There is no way I can sit here on my computer while those precious littles are growing up in the other […]

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How Hope Rises

October 6, 2014

I type these words from the floor of my mother’s bedroom. Everywhere I look I see evidence that seems to fly in the face of my faith. You see, I believe the truth of God’s Word that He can and does heal. My mom has Parkinson’s. For a dozen years we have prayed and believed […]

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REALLY amazing fashion advice from mis-voted Best Dressed 1998

October 3, 2014

Ok, here’s a little-known (and embarrassing) tidbit: I was voted Best Dressed in high school. >>Insert SUPER CONFUSED face here.<< I’m pretty sure it was a joke. Or, it could be that I was runner-up in enough other categories that they just gave me a charity-title and Best Dressed was the most vague? For the commemorating photo I […]

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The Toys we Tossed

October 1, 2014

Ok friends, I mentioned Monday that I’d share some details from our Simplification Process. First off, the most unruly of areas: KIDS’ ITEMS (toys & books). Since stores already have Christmas decorations up and toys on strategic low-level displays, this is a good time to do a clean-sweep, and to set the simplicity standard before the holiday onslaught of […]

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On Anne Ortlund and the simplified life

September 29, 2014

“I don’t shave my legs, I cream the hair off …” You have to love Anne Ortlund. Those are her words. Maybe you don’t know her, but she has been an inspiration and mentor of sorts to me, although we’ve never met. Every few years I pick up Disciplines of a Beautiful Woman and re-read it again. […]

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Not what you had in mind …

September 26, 2014

I really just wanted to get out of the house … alone. It was a great day, really. No complaints. But those littles woke up (why?!) at 6am and we’d been going strong for more than 10 hours and this Mama Just. Needed. A. Break.  The library had a book I’d put on hold for […]

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When your day is hi-jacked …

September 24, 2014

Finally, the day I’d been waiting for. The first day of fall. A firm believer in drinking every last day-drop of summer, we held off on homeschool until fall officially arrived. We beached, played, swam, and goofed until the very end, and by the time the whole thing wound down I was ready for routine. Please, […]

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When you need more energy…

September 22, 2014

It all began with that ridiculous poop post.  I can’t pass a piece of trash on the sidewalk without remembering this: A man was walking along the sidewalk just as a flashy sports car was pulling up at a traffic light.  The man in the car finished his soda and tossed the empty can out the […]

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Today’s Amazing God-Story

September 19, 2014

So I’m sitting here at Starbucks on the Oregon Coast with my little squirrel-daughter sitting opposite me, sipping a kiddie hot cocoa … and we are both marveling at God’s love for us.  Sometimes you just have to share “God stories” right? We know God moves in our mundane but sometimes we just need to share […]

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Unearthing wonders

September 17, 2014

We heaved over the heavy blue vinyl and drained the last bit of summer straight out. I watched the water soak down into the soil. “The next time we set up this pool they’ll be 6 and 8.” Not sentimental by nature, but this was the eve of Retreat Season. The last real night of […]

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