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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I don’t wish you were anyone else…

September 15, 2014

When we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  ~ The 8-foot long aircraft carrier USS Nimitz stretched across the back yard. Bent over the top were Jeff and Dutch–Dutch holding the electric sander while Jeff guided his little hands, carefully smoothing out the wooden top of the massive battleship.  For days Dutch had been begging his […]

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When your God-dream is dying…

September 12, 2014

Now, as several years have passed and I can see this story in the rearview mirror of my mind, it makes sense. The surrender and the beauty of God’s fulfillment and timing. God DID resurrect His dream in our hearts and made it all come to pass. It’s so crystal clear now. But then it was cloudy. Confusing. […]

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Missionary Mama

September 10, 2014

{Today we welcome Laura M. Thomas, a fellow blogger with a passion for glorifying God in the midst of the mundane. I pray her words resonate with and encourage you today…} ~ From the ages of 19-25, I traveled to 20 countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East just to share the love of […]

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