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The Next Four Years

I'm writing this post about 50 hours before the polls open on Tuesday. I write everything below without knowing who has won because it applies regardless of the outcome. Theoretically this morning we know who won the Presidential race. I have high hopes that last night someone clearly won and someone else conceded. Regardless of how we feel about the outcome of last night's race, the history of the peaceful transfer of…
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How to be Well-Informed Without Losing Your Mind

Six more days folks. In six short days this election cycle culminates. Thank God. I'm not saying anything new when I recount it as exhausting and disheartening. Not to mention historically unprecedented in more ways than one. We're all looking forward to some relief. But as soon as this news cycle ends, a new one begins. There are devastating pictures to absorb, all sorts of terrible injustices to witness, and scandals…
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October Wrap-Up

Stuff we did and loved in October Around Town & Around the World Dan climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money for this ministry. He also visited Gombe National Park.   Meanwhile, the kids and I visited their cousins, aunts, and uncles and went to SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium. The weekend after Dan got home, I left to speak at a women's retreat in Indiana. We talked about the story of…
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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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As a Kiddo

How & Why We Do Allowance

As a kid, my mom gave me money to spend at the canteen for overnight camp. My 4th, 5th, and 6th grade self would return home with most of 's. While my friends would buy overpriced t-shirts and load up on super-sized pixie sticks, I would buy one small snack each day and promptly return the money to my mother at week's end. I've always hated spending money. Even now…
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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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Reflecting on Rio. And other things.

Me with my parents on senior night of high school swimming Coming from a swimming family, we watched Olympic swimming before it was cool. I remember watching Janet Evans and her unorthodox freestyle stroke. And my cousin telling me swimming wasn't a sport; I was furious. During the 1996 Olympics, our age-group swim team had a contest for attendance and swimming distance. I medaled in the contest and brought home…
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