Faith

We Can’t Nourish Our Way Out of Brokenness

I haven’t intentionally had a bite of gluten in 9 years. Gluten makes me sick. So I avoid it religiously. But in all of my searching for gluten free recipes and as I read up on where gluten likes to hide, I stumbled across a litany of other dangers: sugar, non-gluten grains, dairy, etc. I found myself staring at (often conflicting) information about raw milk, the importance of fermenting vegetables and applying essential...
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Parenting

When Happy Doesn’t Cut It

It’s 4:52AM. We’re not sleeping too well around here tonight. And I must admit that while the kiddos woke me up, the mothers won’t let me go back to sleep. Because I know some of you are awake with me. Desperately aching for some sanity-saving sleep and experiencing so much guilt and confusion for feeling angry toward your little one for the constant deprivation. Wondering if motherhood is something...
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Personal Growth

All the Light We Cannot See

After being number 346 on the hold list, I finally got my hands on this wonderful World War II novel. The setting is gorgeous, the characters are unusually interesting, and once again I was reminded that war is never simple and straightforward. Though this is the only book I managed to finish this month, I’m currently enjoying: Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon Self-Control, and My Other...
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Parenting

We’re Training Here

You know how when you go through a check out line and there are two people working? And one has a little badge that indicates he’s a cashier in training? And you sigh a little bit at choosing the line you did as the other one zips past you, but then you smile and give him a little extra grace because, well, he’s new at this. And we all...
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Personal Growth

Fictional Finds

I love it when I find a new author to love. And this month I found two. Now I will proceed to read everything they’ve ever written (which, unfortunately, isn’t nearly as much as Barbara Kingsolver). None of these novels are impeccably written. That said, each of them said something I needed to hear right now. I connected easily to all the story lines and will likely even reread...
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Loving Others

A New Just Wait

“You think being a kid is tough? Just wait until you have to pay your own bills.” “You think long hours at work are tough? Just wait until you have long hours at work and your kids wake you up at 5am on the weekends.” “I know you feel huge and you have insomnia, but just wait until you have a newborn. Then you’ll never sleep (and still feel...
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Live Simply

Saving My Life This Winter

Winter can get rough around these parts. And so many times we think of the negative things surrounding us. Dark, gloomy, freezing days, anyone?  So when Anne suggested making an actual list of things that are saving your life (no matter how small), I jumped on it. Here’s what’s keeping me sane this winter: Shelving We put some shelves above our daughter’s top bunk which means she can keep...
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