As a Grownup

What I’m Reading (April 2017)

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead This book traces the life of Cora, a young woman who is born into slavery and later escapes north, but cannot escape her past. Whitehead just won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, with the committee calling his book, “…a smart melding of realism and allegory that combines the violence of slavery and the drama of escape in a myth that speaks to contemporary America.” I highly recommend...
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As a Grownup

On Generational Strongholds & Hope

Dear Kiddo, Lately when something goes wrong you respond with, “Oh great,” and then proceed to list every bad thing that’s happened over the last 24 hours. I’m sorry to say you come by it honestly. Both your dad and I are good at making lists of the all the bad and ignoring all the good. Whether by nature or nurture, you’ve got the pessimism gene all wrapped up...
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As a Grownup

November Wrap Up

Stuff we did and loved in November. In Real Life We raked a whole lot of leaves in November. We have several huge trees in our yard that gave us hours of raking fun. Well, at least hours of jumping fun. We had Dan’s staff team and their families over earlier this month so we raked up a huge pile of leaves for the kids (and some of the...
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As a Grownup

Four Things I Learned in November

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 was a good reminder to be flexible...
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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...
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As a Family

6 Things I Learned in October

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 right...
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As a Grownup

Saving My Sanity This Winter

This winter has been much more mild than the last two Michigan winters. Thank goodness! But it’s still rough facing down the month of February so I jumped at the chance to join Anne and jot down what’s saving me this winter (see last winter’s list here). Milder Weather As already mentioned, it’s been more mild around here lately and this meant my friend and I were able to...
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