Grace for the curve-ball days

July 28, 2014

Because when Mom winds up in the hospital and Julie shows up, as from the grave, singing Led Zeppelin in the backyard, what else is there to do but sit in a cardboard box and laugh out loud? Some days are just a total curve-ball. Not to God, of course. He’s the Pitcher. And so when […]

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The Old Paths

July 25, 2014

Thus says the LORD, “Stand you in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it, and you shall find rest for your souls.” Jer. 6:16 ~ They asked for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. We spread it out over several subsequent family nights. They laughed, […]

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The Table

July 23, 2014

Welcome to the Sacred Mundane Summer Series! Peruse the past posts here–Lauren, Lovely-Anonymous, Janie, Caila, Jessica, Janae. Today we hear from Debra, a dear friend and former housemate. As a single gal with a grown son, working a full-time job, Debra speaks from a different season and sphere … that’s still sacred. Enjoy reading how […]

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Watching Clouds

July 21, 2014

Often creativity comes from desperation, so it might have been my exhaustion speaking when I suggested, “Hey kids, let’s watch the clouds!” I lay flat there on the cool grass; it felt so good.  My eyes burned, tired. The conference had been great, but I was wiped. The kids left play and ran over, lying […]

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Beyond “I’m sorry”: Teaching empathy through … empathy.

July 18, 2014

How do we teach our children empathy?  While all children are innately self-centered, some in particular seem to have an extra-small dose of compassion in their genes. The scene plays out a thousand different ways–a child accidentally causes some sort of injury, emotional or otherwise, or witnesses some unfortunate mishap. Their lack of emotional response […]

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When life hands you the too-big fork…

July 16, 2014

{It is my joy to introduce you to my lifelong best friend and the girl who daily models for me what the sacred mundane looks like. There are no words for how much I love this girl, or how beautifully she endures difficulty with a smile on her face. Please read and take to heart […]

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Because I don’t want to live like an anemone …

July 14, 2014

It’s been awhile since I bled on these keys. Of course there have been guest posts, and reposts, enough food for thought and worthwhile reminders of what really matters. But it’s been awhile since I laid my heart right out here for you to see what’s going on inside. Of course I could say it’s […]

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Because the world isn’t your report card…

July 11, 2014

I can still remember asking my mom the question when I was all of 7-years-old: “Mommy, can I have a report card like the kids at school?” I can still remember her smile. Her looking down at me. Her reply: “Honey, you are doing great. You work hard, you have a great attitude, and you’re […]

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Could a slight schedule-switch work wonders for you?

July 9, 2014

One simple switch worked wonders for us. One of the main reasons we homeschool is to have the freedom and flexibility to “go with” what life brings and what needs and situations present themselves, so we’re far from rigid. But though it’s fluid, we definitely have our daily routine, and I love it. Except when […]

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Because sometimes bedtime lasts forever … and it should.

July 6, 2014

So thrilled to be over at MOPS International‘s blog Hello, Darling today sharing this again. Enjoy! ~  It all happened tonight. Five minutes earlier we had been laughing. But now I pulled her blankets up, kissed her round, peach cheeks, and saw a flash of sadness and fear in her eyes. “What is it, babygirl? […]

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