As a Family

What I’m Reading (December 2016)

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Having never read this modern classic before, and knowing little about Angelou's growing up years, listening to Angelou read her book out loud was both heartbreaking and heartening. This memoir made me ache for Angelou as a little girl and where our country has been, and in many ways, persists in being. But it also gave me hope in the power of words and…
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Love Deeply

When the Unthinkable Happens

The news far away and close to home is often unbelievably tragic. This summer I took a nap and had a nightmare about an acquaintance whose son had recently died. I couldn't find any words to say to him and woke up panicked. Especially since one of our kiddos tripped and fell into a lake the day before my dream. (All was fine: it was very shallow and said kid was quickly plucked out…
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As a Grownup

Four Things I Learned in November

My 3-year old's rendition of a sea turtle Once every 108 years, you gotta be flexible I had just written in October about the need for our family to slow down. And then the Cubs won the World Series. Woohoo! And with friends we were missing in Chicago and a victory parade to watch, how could we say no to a quick trip? We went and had a blast and it…
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As a Grownup

What I’m Reading with a Free Ebook

Soul Pursuit: The Busy Person's Guide to Biblical Meditation by Lynelle Watford This ebook by a family friend who has experienced life-threatening health issues, chronic pain, and every mother's worst nightmare: the death of her son by suicide is a testimony to the power of Scripture in our lives. The book centers on the importance of inviting God into our lives by intentionally focusing our thought life on his Word. Watford says, "Meditation is the…
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As a Family

6 Things I Learned in October

Mt. Kilimanjaro 1. I like music! Okay, well I already knew I liked music. But I often get really stressed out when there's music on and anything else is going on. I've always felt that music adds to the chaos, and I have to be in just the right mood for a dance party. But then I realized it's because I wasn't playing the right kind of music at the…
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Live Simply

10 Ways to Live in the Present

So here's the thing. I'm a planner. I could plan our lives out all day long. I think it's fun in fact. To research, to tweak, to come up with solutions to all of our problems by scheduling our lives to perfection (I wish!). But, with all my strategizing, sometimes I forget I need to let planning rest and actually enjoy my life. Sometimes I get so caught up in…
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Personal Growth

What I’m Reading (August 2016)

I love August. Dan and I celebrate our anniversary, I celebrate my birthday, and we take a week-long vacation at the family cabin which gives me plenty of time to break from technology and dive into some good books. Here's what I've been reading lately. The Chief Inspector Gamache Series, Books 7-9 by Louise Penny                   As I've said before, I love this…
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