another perspective change

I took this photo about 4 months ago while grocery shopping.  I captured it because I just felt like God was teaching me a lesson that day. While waiting to check out, I'd looked at all the food on the conveyor belt and realized how different it looked than a year ago.  Prepackaged foods, convenience …

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For He Alone is Worthy

I sat in the church pew alone this past Sunday and sang these words. And God spoke to me. We have had a rough year.  My son was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder in June.  It's not any sort of joke the way people kid each other and say, "you're so OCD!"  It is a serious …

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Simple Teacher Gift: Potted Succulents

  For teacher appreciation week last month, my daughter and I made these sweet little potted hens and chicks.   If you have been in ANY store lately, you'll see lots of fake ones.  It seems succulents are all the rage!! So I DIY'd it!  This was easy and inexpensive - especially since I just …

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The waves and wind still know His name.

Years ago... I sat in my minivan in the Target parking lot and sobbed after a particularly intense battle with a strong-willed child. Why hadn't God changed me, made me more patient?  Why hadn't God eased this constant turmoil?  Why hadn't God repaired what was broken in our relationship? "Teacher, don't you care that we're …

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Sweet, sweet summer

Well, summer is in full swing here! I love the laid-back schedule and feeling that we can do anything we want, whenever we want! (Full disclosure-very soon the lack of routine will leave me crying. But for now it's all good!) Memorial Day weekend we decided to give away our kids' fort to our neighbor. …

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Stamina for Mothering

Next week my kids will be done with 9th grade, 7th grade, and 3rd grade.  It's unbelievable how fast they are growing up!!  We've had lots of ups and downs this school year and I'm looking forward to summer vacation and a more relaxed schedule (read: being able to sleep past 5:45 am).   I've been …

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What to do when you don’t know what to do.

It was mid-2001.  I had a newborn (my first).  I was beginning to learn that the norm of motherhood is not having all the answers (or, really, any of the answers). I had also committed to reading through the bible for the first time that year.  I may have been a little optimistic in my …

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