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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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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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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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As a Family

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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Some Thoughts On My Teenage Marriage

At the age of 12, I decided not to date until I got to college. Preferably until I graduated. I didn't have time for boys. Dating was for marriage, I had a plan, and it didn't include love. I got married at 18. After graduating high school in May, I said "I do" in August. Yes, this means I wore an engagement ring to school the last 6 months of my…
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Loving Others

Why We’re Not Trying to Raise Color Blind Kids

My rather observant, extremely verbal 3-year old is currently quite curious about skin color. He keeps pointing it out wherever we go. The other day he methodically studied our friend with darker skin, putting his arm up next to his and looking at the differences, commenting on the parts of our friend's skin that are darker or lighter than others. And I have to say, every time our son points out…
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Admitting We’re Scared & Doing it Anyway

I grew up around a lot of boys. Two younger brothers, boy cousins, and many friends who were boys. And I, often the lone girl, was not going to be surpassed by these boys. So when they climbed something, I did too. When they jumped off something, so did I. When they handled creepy crawly creatures, I didn't hesitate. And I was super proud that I could swap injury stories…
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