Daughter of God

     In the past 2 days I have heard reference to 5 people in my family being “geniuses.”  That’s a heck of a lot of geniuses.      Maybe they are, and maybe they aren’t.  But I get a little unsettled, thinking, “Am I the only lame-O, non-genius in my family!??”  I get this…

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favorite appoach

My favorite approach to hard people is: “Thank you God for this wonderful person!  I love them, love them, love them!  And, help me to pour mercy over the part of them that is not yet right.”  Enough prayer this way (sometimes, A LOT is needed) helps me not take the part that hurts personally….

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marriage retreat

Ron and I are hosting our first ever marriage retreat in our home this weekend: Fri. and Sat.  I did not think it would happen; I did not push it to happen.  But a friend asked about the materials we had put together that I had previously mentioned, and one thing led to another, and…

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An insipid “Christianity”

There are 3 pillars of Christian faith–3 aspects that I think are essential to authentic life with God.  In the early Church, for example, all 3 were understood as crucial for the Christian life. A.   Acceptance into the Family of God (separation from old ways and basking in the love of God and relishing being loved)…

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To Catch a Fairy

     The girls had their ballet performance, To Catch a Fairy!  They were divine.  Leigh was a Lilac fairy, Clare was an Iris fairy, and Mary was the Frost fairy.      Mary was the tiniest little soloist–all the others were in their teens.  She shimmered and sparkled: she was so graceful.  I had…

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making PEOPLE

     Where did our culture go so desperately wrong?  I do not understand how motherhood has become so unimportant in the eyes of most people.  I hear signs of its devaluation every day.  Some are putting off having children as long as they possibly can; others are fearful of having more than two; still…

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lessons learned

     I was putting Annie down for a nap.  We have a routine, but it was off.  So I was trying to get back on track.  She was fussing.  Then screaming and writhing and fighting.  I knew that if I could get through this episode in our normal pattern, then the next time would…

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summer time together

     Today I was reminded why I homeschool.      Jake asked to watch A Wrinkle in Time.  I told him he needs to read the book first.  He came back with the book on tape and said, “Would this count?”  I happily consented.  So he put it on in the kitchen.  I was…

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