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5 Benefits of Fewer Toys

Our kids don’t have a lot of toys. At least by the typical American standard. Even so, they have enough that we rotate them on a regular basis. And we donate toys on a regular basis. Particularly before Christmas. But why limit our number of toys? Because it does great things for our family. Having fewer toys… 1. Saves Money Which leaves more room in our budget for experiences...
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Faith

Guilt, Complacency, Comparison and the Holy Spirit

We have many friends and acquaintances who are neck deep in true religion. They’re adopting. Or mentoring. Or fostering. Or advocating. They’re giving hard. And the guilt runs deep. Because I compare and feel ashamed. Ashamed of my frustration over croup. Ashamed that we don’t have an inclination to adopt. Ashamed of how little we’ve done for the kingdom. ______________ We have many friends and acquaintances who are neck...
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Personal Growth

A Quick Read, a Reference and a Return to Childhood

After last month’s heavier books, I flew through What Alice Forgot. It’s a fast fictional read about change and marriage and what happens over time. I’m not so sure I love the ending, but I found myself reflecting a lot on my own marriage and how much it, and we, have changed over the last 11 years. Meanwhile, I was combing through Nurture by Nature, attempting to confirm my...
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6 Ideas to Pull Yourself Out of a Bad Parenting Day

I’m guest posting for Nina today at Sleeping Should Be Easy. We were having a bad day. Everything was met with resistance. And my responses were less than helpful. But when I asked her, “Do you know what I love about you?” a smile slowly spread across my four year old’s face. “What?” she answered. My quick response was met with “What else?” And we played this course correcting...
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Inspiration

Living With One Car: How & Why

We’ve been a one car family for over 10 years now. Last time I wrote about living with one car, we had a barely 3-year old, a 3 bedroom house with a large fenced in backyard and we lived 7 minutes from my husband’s job. Now we have a 5-year old and 1-year old who both like to be out and about, we live in a 2 bedroom apartment...
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Personal Growth

What I’m Into (September 2014)

September was a little less crazy than August. Here’s what I’ve been into… Reading & Other Media The first half of this month I read Interrupted and Desperate (see Twitter for lots of great quotes from Desperate!). Both of these books made me think. I had to slow myself down several times to let the ideas percolate. Then I devoured What Alice Forgot (fast moving novel that also makes...
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Parenting

5 Things I Want My Daughter to Know

Dear Daughter, You turn five tomorrow. Your legs are getting long and gangly. Sometimes I’m shocked when your head buries into my ribs as you give me a hug or you come up with such an insightful solution to a problem. The baby in you is almost a mere memory. You’re entering a new phase of life. And I want you to know a few things along the way....
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