Personal Growth

December Wrap-Up

In Real Life December was full of friends and family. Our seven-year old spent nearly all of December making handmade gifts that she gave out at parties and hand delivered a few days before Christmas.We got together with both Dan’s and my family before Christmas and enjoyed our usual relaxed Christmas Day at home with just the four of us. We went really low key on the Christmas activities this...
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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 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...
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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...
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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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