The importance of periphery

September 8, 2014

It was down by the river, watching spiderwebs, when the words really made sense. The importance of periphery.  The weeks prior my prayers had been on repeat: “Um God, I just don’t know how it’s going to work.” My restful month was great, but September was just around the corner, where I continue my four […]

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That one word that changed my life this month.

September 5, 2014

I had peeled back the tin-can lid earlier that day for his snack. Such a simple motion, a finger in the metal ring, pulled back it reveal all the deliciousness of pears which moments earlier had been hidden there underneath. His eyes had danced as he held his bowl with both-hands, up close to his […]

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Putting the simple back into homeschool (and life)

September 3, 2014

It was one word that caused the seismic shift in my mindset. That forced me to wipe the school slate clean and reevaluate. It came out of left field, but then again it confirmed everything I’ve ever wondered–and agonized over–with regards to my son. The word? Asperger’s. It’s true, for the almost 8 years of his […]

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Finding your family’s foundation (I’m back.)

September 1, 2014

Hi. I’m back. I’m hoping you are still here(?), you who are so full of grace that you heartily blessed me in this Sabbath month I just enjoyed. As I mentioned before, it’d been 7 years of pounding out these words, and life has picked up speed and this Mama just needed … to breathe. […]

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A Time for Everything

July 30, 2014

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.—Ecc. 3:1 It’s been seven years, friends. Seven years of pounding out these heart-words here, hoping these humble stories strung together will bring hope, truth. I love this space so much. I love sharing it with you. I love “meeting” you and finding […]

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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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