From the category archives:

Everyday Relationships

The Heart of a Barren Woman


I don’t pretend to know the sorrow of barrenness.  Early in our marriage, I miscarried and then spent a number of months wondering if I would be able to carry a baby to full term.  But that sorrow and worry was eventually replaced, for me. And so, I tread lightly on this subject, knowing that […]

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Because You Can’t Do It All


Another reminder for me as I think about Mother’s Day this year and still haven’t uploaded any photos for 2014…. As the sun sets on Mother’s Day, I open my email to read the  greeting from the photo printing company I use.  ‘Happy Mother’s Day to the Woman Who Does it All.’  They clearly don’t know […]

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What to Expect for Mother’s Day


I am longing to be here more in the days ahead, especially this month, as we think about motherhood.   Here is an edited re-post from a few years ago and I’m praying to remember it this year… My friend and I talk about it…how we should not expect breakfast in bed and flowers and […]

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A Small Thing: Play


We sat and talked about how her babies were no longer and she wondered how many years she really had still had with them, how much time was left.  Her oldest was already a teenager and she said it with tears brimming, ‘I hope I haven’t lost him.’ She told me how she used to […]

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5 Ways to Starve the Vanity Monster


It’s no wonder they call it a vanity mirror. Does a mirror every do more for me than make me want to look more, change more, be a little more vain?  Since day one, Jesus has been working away inside of me to help me care less about the outside of me.  I really do […]

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A Little Explaining to Do


I really should explain.  I used to be here so frequently, almost daily, and almost always in the early morning.  But, if you are gracious enough to come by here often, you know I haven’t been keeping up this Fall.   As we’ve started officially homeschooling this Fall, the added responsibility of actually having to […]

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What the Scarecrows are Telling You


It’s October and the scarecrows are hanging in the neighborhood again and our Bible reading plan has us in Jeremiah this month.  So, I’m remembering this post from last October… We sat there in those wing-back chairs, both wanting to be right.  I’d had this beautiful stone on my ring finger for two months.  We’d […]

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A Small Thing: 5 Everyday Ways to Do Him Good


It’s wild to think that I thought the best way to get him to love me better was to pout or moan or hold back or shut down. Not sure where it says in Scripture to manipulate your husband into loving you more, to be passive and aggressive. It’s hard to believe that God’s Word […]

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The Rest of the Story


When my boss sent pink flowers and ‘Congratulations!’ he wrote a little something more: ‘The Rest is History!’ And he knew this better than I, him with three grown children of his own. Everyone warns you but no one can really prepare for the way that these little ones can wear you right out.  What […]

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When the Toys are Too Important


She grabs the little yellow plastic character and dances it all around, singing her little song.  And he, previously busy with drawing, realizes she’s got his toy. And he reaches out to grab it back. She’s totally forgotten about that doll at the bottom of her box.  But for her younger sister, this old doll […]

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