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Two Kinds of Homesick

March 6, 2014 The Good Word
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It was a year ago today. Perhaps even a year ago this very moment, as I type these letters, that the phone rang. We were sitting on the couch, eating ice cream, just HH and I. Kids in the bed, life peaceful, lots on our minds, lots to think about, but it was the happiest […]

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For When It Just Doesn’t Seem Good Enough

February 16, 2014 The Good Word
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Question. If you were given a moment to give a personal State of the Union address — one that simply pertained to all things related to the life of {Insert Your Name Here} — what would it say? Do you think you’d come up with a list of all good things? Mostly good things? You […]

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The Worthless Whisper

January 22, 2014 Stories
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It was bright and sunny Sunday morning. The birds were singing, the sun was bright, the kids were excited, and we were running late. The Hubs had to be in Greenville early to assist with preparations for a guest speaker, and we hoped I’d be able to arrive with the kids in order to attend the […]

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January 1, 2014 In the Name of Love
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A little over nine months ago, I was in my brother’s car. We’d left the hospital where my Dad lay unconscious, still breathing, but almost no longer with us. Russ was getting a bite to eat, I was getting fresh air, and it was hard to know what to say, what to think, what was […]

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The Christmas Story: The Beginning and the End

December 16, 2013 The Christmas Story
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I love a good story. And one of my favorite parts of homeschooling the Bear has been getting introduced to new stories in the children’s books selected for the Five in a Row Literature series. We read a new book every day for a week and pull out different things to discuss: perhaps a science […]

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With Love for Madiba

December 6, 2013 South Africa
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Last night, Mark and I read the news for the first time — that South Africa lost her greatest son, as Nelson Mandela passed away at the age of 95. In South Africa, he was affectionately referred to by two special names from the Xhosa language: his tribal name, Madiba, and Tata, meaning father. Perhaps […]

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Happy Thanksgiving

November 28, 2013 The Good Word
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It seems like the clever scheme of a cunning enemy — the thick and looming web of consumerism, woven to cast an eerie fog over a holiday completely rooted in not shopping and the getting of many things, but in taking stock, counting blessings, giving thanks for what you already have. Be sober and vigilant, dear […]

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Our Third First Birthday {& the Goosewaddle Winner}

November 15, 2013 Giveaways
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Not interested in small talk? Scroll to the bottom of this post to see the Goosewaddle Giveaway winner! Last night, after dinner, I felt like I was coming to the end of a loooong day of mistakes. I’d forgotten to put the stirring wands in the bread maker, and as you can imagine, if the […]

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