Now it is Sunday

Now it is Sunday. The day given over to rest in the presence of God. We’ve been doing Sundays the new way for so long that it doesn’t seem like the new way any more. Still, some mornings I find myself thinking back on the old way, the way Sunday used to go for us. Those memories are taking on the lovely haze of the good ole days. That’s not true every day, though. There …

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The Process of Pain

I am a denier. Or at least I used to be. I’m one of those people who others  always thought was just fine, maybe even more than fine. I’d smile real big and say, “I’m great!” and quickly move the conversation to how they were doing. I thought that was my job. I thought that I was supposed to do that. As an encourager I enjoy making others feel good, better. I love to make …

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Love Your Now

Our youngest is seven and the next oldest kid is 13, then 17, and 19. Liam is a child of the Big Gap.  I jokingly tell people that it’s like he’s been raised by a pack of wolves.  I’m only half joking. Liam doesn’t talk like some seven year olds. He’s picked up on his older sibling’s speech patterns and says charming things like, “What the crap?” and “What up, boieeee?” He refers to all people …

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How to Get Back on Track

My husband told me that summer would be over soon and I lost it. Like, I got really mad. Because we have not summered nearly enough. I have not checked off nearly enough of the items on my summer list. I’ve got to hop to it. It’s easy to lose focus, isn’t it? Especially when you have many needs pulling on you. I find myself overwhelmed by a to-do list. Lists make me happy, but …

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An Honest Assessment

I shared over on Instagram that it’s Laurel’s assessment day. Meaning, she has to complete a series of tests highlighting her abilities as well as her disabilities. It’s pretty stressful. It requires about four hours of sitting and doing.  For a homeschooled student who does not do standardized testing it’s a lot. A whole lot. I spend the time in the waiting room. It’s not bad, really. They have wifi, I’ve caught up on writing …

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When Destruction is Part of Life

This year we’ve put the garden in the front yard. I got a bit of a late start on it, though, and didn’t want to take the time, or the expense, to till. Dad did a little research and we decided that spraying down the grass with vinegar then covering it with dirt would have to suffice. Coming to this decision was not as simple as it sounds. After hosing down our 16×4 plot of …

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The Way of Miracles

Miracles Walt Whitman, 1819 – 1892 Why, who makes much of a miracle? As to me I know of nothing else but miracles, Whether I walk the streets of Manhattan, Or dart my sight over the roofs of houses toward the sky, Or wade with naked feet along the beach just in the edge of the water, Or stand under trees in the woods, Or talk by day with any one I love, or sleep in …

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Disaster Preparedness

My husband and I are completely different. I mean, I know that goes without saying. There’s the whole male/female thing. What I’m saying is that we operate in COMPLETELY different ways. He operates under the ‘everything is great’ premise, while I operate under the ‘at any minute we could face disaster’ premise. A couple of years ago we took the kids to the beach. It had been a long time since we’d been to the …

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IMRL (in my real life)

It’s funny how when you start out parenting you think you have a plan. You plan to grow them up, to do all the right things, and to live happily ever after. Pee on the toilet seat is not part of your plan. Children who refuse to eat vegetable is not part of your plan. Mountains of never-ending laundry are absolutely not part of the plan. I sometimes feel that life and my plan should …

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