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08Jan 19
Unspeakable Grace: Live Free

Unspeakable Grace: Live Free

Good morning. What did you bring with you this morning? I don’t mean your coffee or your planner. I’m not asking about what is in your lunchbox either. What are…

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07Jan 19
Unspeakable Grace: Walk On

Unspeakable Grace: Walk On

Good morning, friend. It’s a brand new day, a brand new opportunity to shine! How is your new year looking so far? Has the sparkle already started to fade or…

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03Jan 19
2019: What If?

2019: What If?

It's a new year. We have brand new hopes and dreams. We are looking over our shoulders at all that went down last year and resolving to not make the…

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01Jan 19
New Year, New Word

New Year, New Word

I used to choose a word of the year. Way back in 2010, I chose the word dance. In 2011, I chose the word be. In 2012, I chose delight…

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30Dec 18
No Pretending

No Pretending

I am one of those people whose hurt was blasted on a proverbial billboard. You know the type? When the greatest hurt you could ever imagine suddenly becomes public knowledge?…

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29Nov 18
Leap

Leap

I once heard a famous singer talking on the radio. I can neither remember who the artist was nor what they said. What I remember most clearly was being taken…

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19Nov 18
Unspeakable Grace: Glory > Turkey

Unspeakable Grace: Glory > Turkey

It's Monday and, in my world, it feels like one. A little one meaning well and trying to help with all the things delayed everything this morning. Before my day began, my…

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16Nov 18
Unspeakable Grace: Drop And Run

Unspeakable Grace: Drop and Run

My little starry-eyed boy was struggling with his zipper. Well, it wasn't actually his zipper so much as it was getting his legs out of his footed pajamas. He just…

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03Nov 18
Love Is A Tightrope

Love is a Tightrope

As an elementary school teacher, it was not an uncommon sight to meet a line of small children in the hallway with their hands folded behind their backs and their…

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31Oct 18
A Labor Not In Vain

A Labor Not in Vain

Before we had a little boy, we had a slew of sisters - each so different, wired in her own unique way. My firstborn is quiet and inquisitive, almost always…

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15Oct 18
Home Is Near

Home is Near

I stood at the end of the boardwalk, slipping my feet into the sandy shoes I had left there earlier in the day. Little ones waiting impatiently at the other…

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04Oct 18
Road To Celebration

Road to Celebration

Each Sunday, our little family would pile in the pickup truck and travel with eager hearts to visit my grandfather's farm. While other children were seated quietly in Sunday school…

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23Sep 18
A Story Worth Telling

A Story Worth Telling

I was one of the lucky ones. From the very beginning, I was told there was nothing I could not do. Every report card was met with praise. When I…

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19Sep 18
Sad Eyes

Sad Eyes

She was walking down the hall, just doing her job when he flagged her down and summoned her into our tiny room with its glass windows. "Ma'am? Can I ask…

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13Sep 18
Learning From Little Ears

Learning from Little Ears

I love children most of all the creatures in the world. They are fascinating to me, but none more than the ones who have been seemingly shackled with the weight…

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24Aug 18
He’s Doing A New Thing

He’s Doing a New Thing

Sometimes, life will take us places that look so eerily familiar to places we have stood before we will become convinced we are about to relive the events of times…

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07Aug 18
No Frills: Just Love And Grills

No Frills: Just Love and Grills

The single most important lesson I have taught my children to date is to value the person next to them as much as they value themselves. It is one thing…

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03Aug 18
Evidence Of A Beautiful Rescue

Evidence of a Beautiful Rescue

As my dear friends have prepared their classrooms and lessons for the first week of school, I have been poring over children's Bible curriculum and preparing my own children to…

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26Jul 18
We Can

We Can

The shower seems to be the only place quiet enough for a mom to think straight. When I was a teenager, I used to turn up the radio before I turned…

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12Jul 18
Just Keep Running

Just Keep Running

Every time I see a grassy school soccer field, my side hurts. The mere sight takes me back to being that freckle-faced girl blowing her sweaty bangs out of her…

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11Jul 18
Pack Wisely

Pack Wisely

Summer is slipping through our fingers. It seems like this sacred window of time opened only yesterday. We start with our game so strong, don't we? We hadn't been out…

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05Jul 18
Grit Won’t Fit In Squares

Grit Won’t Fit in Squares

Sitting on the sidelines catching up with my oldest friend as our babies, spanning from toddlers to teens, splashed and played together in the pool this evening was just what…

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30Jun 18
VICTORY- Hello July

VICTORY- Hello July

In ten minutes, the clock will strike midnight and I will have been carried through another June. I can check it off the 2018 box and thank God He's made…

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29Jun 18
Everybody’s A Wreck

Everybody’s a Wreck

In the midst of teen angst when I was trying to be oh-so-perfect, a friend's mom said to that to me one day and I have never forgotten it. We…

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28Jun 18
Sorry He Ever Messed With Us

Sorry He Ever Messed with Us

I laughed out loud in the dark as I had to pull over on the on-ramp to turn on the headlights in my little black rental car. It could have…

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27Jun 18
Love Brings Strength

Love Brings Strength

They say a picture says a thousand words. If that is true, this one must say a million. This is June 26 to me. My girl lived her whole lifetime…

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26Jun 18
It’s Simple

It’s Simple

I have an incredible knack for complicating the very simple. Anyone who has known me for five seconds could confirm that. Beth Moore often says she is "blonder than she…

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25Jun 18
Dance Like He’s Watching

Dance Like He’s Watching

My little girl loves to twirl and dance. She loves anything that involves a stage, microphone, or mirror. A certainly spunky little twinkle shines in her eyes as she tilts…

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23Jun 18
June 23

June 23

We sweated it out on a hayride for my little boy last weekend. His wish was to go to the dairy barn and have an ice cream party with his…

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22Jun 18
Keep Knocking

Keep Knocking

The older I get, the more I value my village. In my earlier years of motherhood, I was too prideful to admit I needed a village. Determined from birth to…

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21Jun 18
The Light Of Men

The Light of Men

I fell in love with a city over 7,600 miles from home some years ago. I have basically no sense of direction, so I am absolutely confident I could not…

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20Jun 18
A Common Cry

A Common Cry

This is an incredible time to be alive. I think back often to how life just got better and better throughout my childhood. It began with hideous floral sofas, Walkmans,…

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19Jun 18
Don’t Follow Rules

Don’t Follow Rules

I think I am starting to understand why grandparents are the way they are. They're closer to home. Lord willing, I am a long, long way from being a grandparent…

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17Jun 18
Why Not Quit Already?

Why Not Quit Already?

These are the silly pep talks I'm giving myself these days. The closer the end of June draws, in any given year, the more withdrawn I become. An introvert by…

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16Jun 18
No One Knows You Better

No One Knows You Better

Welcome to Father's Day weekend. I'll be the first to admit I abhor Mother's Day, as unpopular as that is to say. It's too much. We as women are sensitive…

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15Jun 18
A Summer Worth Remembering

A Summer Worth Remembering

Our backyard has become a sanctuary of sorts this Summer. This is a relatively new luxury to us. We have always had a yard, but there are a number of…

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14Jun 18
Just Getting Started

Just Getting Started

Our little boy turned three years old today. The grand finale in the long, dramatic story of how God built our family, he is sunshine to us. He still sleeps…

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13Jun 18
Any Old One Will Do

Any Old One Will Do

There are currently eight chairs at my dinner table, but at least once or twice a week some little someone rolls an office chair or two or three in and…

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11Jun 18
I Found A Giant!

I Found A Giant!

The first thing I noticed about my son when he was born was the size of his hands. Before he came into our world, all we had known were little…

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10Jun 18
#weddingofallweddings

#weddingofallweddings

It's wedding season. Our newsfeeds are flooded with images of pretty dresses, flowers, cakes, and love. Pinterest is put to shame by the creativity of brides these days. We will…

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09Jun 18
All Kinds Of Time

All Kinds of Time

From the time I was a tiny wisp of a girl, nothing would furrow my brow and make me more determined than someone telling me I couldn't do something. I…

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08Jun 18
Let It All Hang Out

Let It All Hang Out

My two lifelong best friends are Emilys, too. Together, we are a force to be reckoned with. If we made a list, I would venture to say our differences outnumber…

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07Jun 18
The Ones Worth Finding

The Ones Worth Finding

One of the greatest joys of my life is women's Bible study. The seasons when I have deceived myself into believing I was just too busy to squeeze it in…

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06Jun 18
Scars And All

Scars and All

When I was a ten year old tomboy, I drove a four wheeler through a fence on my family farm. One moment, I was laughing and the next, the top…

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05Jun 18
It’s Everybody

It’s Everybody

Many times over the last several weeks, the Lord has brought me back to the story of Moses. I don't mean to be a broken record, but there's a lot…

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04Jun 18
‘Tis The Season

‘Tis The Season

Sweet Summertime is upon us. With glee, our hearts embrace the reality no alarm clock is set and no school bell will ring for weeks to come. We are beside…

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03Jun 18
My Passover Lamb

My Passover Lamb

Well, you know that whole deal about how God's Word is living and active? Well, it turns out that God can speak to you through His Word about whatever He…

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01Jun 18
June #11

June #11

I cannot say what lead me to dig so deep in memories after our home grew quiet. Before I knew it, I was sitting at the foot of my bed,…

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16May 18

All In

It has been a long time since I have written here. To be honest, it's been a long time since this old blog has been viewable to anyone at all.…

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14Feb 18
In Our Eyes

In Our Eyes

As long as I live, I think her words will ring in my ears. I'll be the one in the polyester softball pants, hitting just a bit too high on…

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13Feb 18
Maybe A Harness Is All We Need

Maybe a Harness is All We Need

I have a stubborn streak a mile wide. All I have ever really needed to accomplish anything has been to have someone tell me I couldn't. Nothing fires me up…

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