Early Thoughts on Letting Go

I put my first-born on a plane on Tuesday to go to Kenya!!  16 days, 10 different flights, 8 different airports, 3 countries, and she is now approximately 7,500 miles away. (They arrived safely last night!) I titled this "early thoughts" because I feel we are just entering the season of letting our kids go.  …

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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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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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Four Ways to Feel Angry Less

So as I previously posted, I had spoken about mom anger at a MOPS group last month.  I thought I should take the time to share a bit of what I shared with that group. If you've read my blog for a while, you know that I’ve struggled with controlling my responses towards my kids when …

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