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There are many unpleasant tasks in life. Moving is one of them. In our 12 years of marriage, Dan and I have lived in four states, three apartments, and now two houses. Until now, all of our moves have been hundreds of miles. This last weekend we moved less than a mile from the apartment we've lived in for the last 2+ years into the house we just bought. Because…
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When You’re Vacillating Between Jealousy and Judgment

My life often feels a bit countercultural. We haven't done preschool. We homeschool. We only have one car. (And a moped). The four of us live in a two bedroom apartment. We try to embrace our limits. The kids aren't super involved in extracurricular activities. We work really hard not to have too much , clothes, you name it. We're working really hard (not super successfully) at not being busy. And most…
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On Our Addiction to Productivity

I'm sitting here and feeling panicky. Due to random circumstances it's the first time in four weeks I've been able to sit down for my (sort of) weekly time dedicated to writing, planning, etc. And I can't write. All my previous drafts feel un-developable. Everything else I can think of feels old or pointless. I'm feeling panicky because I'm not producing. Because I haven't done this in 4 weeks, we'll be…
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The Myth of the Disappearing Pacifier

© 2005 emdot, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio Is there any parent on the planet who hasn't been absolutely amazed at how their 13 pacifiers have completely and utterly vanished right when that small, helpless, calm, cuddly baby turns red-faced and screaming? If you're not a parent, pacifiers are like pens. Or hair ties. They are put into the universe expressly to torture us. Want some advice? (No, probably not.…
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On Knowing Our Limits this Holiday Season

© 2011 Chris_J, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio My brother and sister-in-law had just given us the exciting news that they were pregnant. And we wondered whether to tell our then 5-year old daughter or if we should wait until they were ready to tell everyone. We weren't sure if she could keep the surprise under wraps for a few weeks. So we decided to just ask her if…
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An Alternative to a Second Car

We've spent the last 11 years or so with one car. And we still only have one car. This was a super easy feat when we lived in Chicago and didn't have kids. It wasn't difficult when we had our first either since we lived on the campus where Dan went to seminary and worked maintenance. Even with two kids in Alabama and back in Michigan we've managed well by…
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We Can’t Nourish Our Way Out of Brokenness

© 2010 ConstructionDealMkting, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio I haven't intentionally had a bite of gluten in 9 years. Gluten makes me sick. So I avoid it religiously. But in all of my searching for gluten free recipes and as I read up on where gluten likes to hide, I stumbled across a litany of other dangers: sugar, non-gluten grains, dairy, etc. I found myself staring at (often conflicting) information about raw milk,…
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