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on the generosity of God.

Last weekend my eldest toddler (because I technically have *two* toddlers now…) turned three. For her birthday, one of her great grandmothers mailed her three dollar bills. She opened her birthday card and handed me the money, at which point I had to explain that it was her money and she could spend it however she…

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draw me a Map.

Once upon a time, I used to write blogs about songs that weren’t necessarily overtly or explicitly Christian and find Christian themes or messages in them. When I was a youth minister I always enjoyed having a night where we listened to seemingly secular songs and tried to find God in the lyrics. Ironically enough,…

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in the face of Failure.

“On the third day there was a marriage at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; Jesus also was invited to the marriage, with his disciples. When the wine failed, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “O woman, what have you to…

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failing at Motherhood.

As I sit down to write, neither of my children are napping. That wouldn’t be a big deal if it weren’t, you know, nap time. The toddler is telling the baby that if she drops her baby doll out of her crib, the toddler isn’t picking it up for the baby. The baby dropped the…

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consider it Joy.

Yesterday was a day of chaos. Both of my kids woke up an hour and a half before their normal time. Exhausted hardly describes how I felt as I rolled out of bed, went to their room, made a makeshift bed for myself on the floor so they could get their energy out (why did…

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on asking for Things.

Ever since I was a kid in school, I’ve struggled to ask for help. I’d struggle with a subject but wouldn’t ever ask the teacher or a fellow student for help. Perhaps it was part pride – how dare I not be able to do this all on my own! – and part not wanting to be…

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it is finally Here! {new logo!}

ahem cue the best accent you can muster… She sure is pretty, ain’t she? I love it. I started doodling out the AGAPE inside a heart this summer for some imaginary tattoo I’ll probably never get (I can birth babies sans meds just fine, no needles necessary. I loathe them.), and from those doodles you see…

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on letting Go.

This week my family and I have all been fighting some wretched kind of food poisoning. All day on Monday I felt queasy and, as a result, ate very little. Just as we were putting the kids to bed, the sickness overwhelmed me and I bolted for the bathroom. Bedtime for the girls is my…

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come to Me.

“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted, saves those whose spirit is crushed.” – Psalm 34:19 The baby youngest toddler (what?!) has been especially fussy lately. I’d chalk it up to teething but I’ve been saying that since she was five and a half months old and here we are at 13 months with no teeth…

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holy Unsettled.

I remember when I took my first job in youth ministry. For some reason this moment, this conversation comes back to me time and time again, a memory perfectly etched in my mind. My mentor told me how transitional my life was at the time: I had a boyfriend, not a husband, an apartment, not…

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onward and Upward.

Each year I blog about my monthly goals for the upcoming year. In years past, I’ve found that breaking it down to monthly goals is more successful – and attainable – than a yearly resolution. I’ll be honest, I haven’t looked at my goals for 2017 since, uh, February. So let’s see how I did,…

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saint peg dolls 101.

Just in case my Pinterest board (or last week’s post) doesn’t make it obvious enough…I’ve totally hopped on the saint peg doll bandwagon, and since 50 (yes, fifty) male pegs just showed up at my door (thanks, Amazon Prime!), I clearly have no intention of stopping anytime soon. Why? Simple: I really enjoy painting them. I…