Searching for Blessings in the Bad Days

It’s been one of those days – the kind of disastrous days where everything goes wrong and the entire day spins out of control. A day filled with exploding diapers, toddler tantrums, uncooperative homeschoolers and spit up on every outfit. Everybody wants something – right! this! minute! – and nobody can […]

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Learning to Let It Go

There’s a reason so many people resonate with the powerful anthem of Frozen – and it’s not because the movie allegedly promotes homosexuality, climate change or even Christianity. It’s because we all admire Elsa’s ability to accept herself and thereby shed her life of fear, shame and isolation. That’s it. […]

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Accomplishing the Impossible

There was so much red ink on the page that it looked like someone had been murdered. The editor continued to scratch out lines, draw arrows and scrawl hasty notes in the margins. I cringed, watching my dreams bleed all over the page with each stroke of the pen. It […]

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Turning the Page

A chapter of my life is ending. I can sense it coming, like the final bittersweet page of a favorite book. It’s just ahead of me, barely out of reach. I know it’s there waiting for me, certain and unavoidable. I look forward to it with a strange mixture of […]

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The 10 Things I’m Most Grateful For

One of the things I am not grateful for is my tendency to procrastinate. Every day, I’ve watched as several of my friends diligently and thoughtfully share something that they are grateful for. Each and every day, I’ve decided to start doing this as well. I think through my post […]

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Clarity and Charity

I don’t know how many times I told Colby to put his coat on. Probably a dozen at least. It didn’t take long to realize he hadn’t listened. After less than five minutes on the playground, he started to shiver in the cold November air. With six children, two pizza boxes, a […]

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Judging People, Judging Me

Whether I’m in the grocery store line or at the playground or somewhere completely different, I’ve become used to being watched and judged by others. Some people just stare. Others voice their opinions loudly. Total strangers have asked me if all my children have the same father, who supports my children, […]

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