Sunsets

Somewhere right now it’s sunset, the blazing end of day. The sky is somewhere purple orange and bluish red and gray. Perhaps their only onlookers are dolphins as they play, but the earth and sun their courses run, never stopping this display. And it happens every moment as night falls in planetary ballet, morning breaks […]

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Back Home

I love the place where I grew up. It has been through many iterations over the 40+ years that my parents have lived there. The neighborhood has had its ups and downs. But it is still 100% home, not only to me, but to my kids as well. My brothers and sister, and I enjoyed […]

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Courage, Dear Heart

Shawn and I went on an impromptu journey this morning to purchase a bicycle built for two. I read Courage, Dear Heart by Rebecca Reynolds aloud all the way there and back – almost four hours. The raw beauty, the depth, the unapologetic acceptance of complexity, the naming of real wounds… Several times I would […]

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Dad

February 23, 1943 – August 10, 2018 I want to first take a moment to express to you why we have chosen to honor dad’s body as we have today, because we acknowledge that it is not as common now days. It’s hard. It’s awkward. And no one really knows just how to feel about […]

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Punctuational Prayer

It’s very easy for prayer to slide into the periphery, becoming punctuational, rather than central, within Christian community. When prayer becomes merely a way to start and end meetings, we have failed to grasp our utter corporate dependence upon God. These I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house […]

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Christian Liberty

“God alone is Lord of the conscience, and hath left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men which are in any thing contrary to his Word, or beside it in matters of faith or worship. So that to believe such doctrines, or to obey such commandments out of conscience, is to betray true […]

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21 Years Old

21 years old. (Our marriage, that is.) Yes! Our marriage is officially legal drinking age today. And one might think that, after the kind of year it’s been, a good stiff drink is exactly what’s called for! But instead of a drink to forget, we are lifting high the cup of salvation and drinking it […]

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Just Brothers

Hebrews 2:10-12 10 For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. 11 For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to […]

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The God Who Sees

Genesis 16:7-13 6 But Abram said to Sarai, “Behold, your servant is in your power; do to her as you please.” Then Sarai dealt harshly with her, and she fled from her. 7 The angel of the LORD found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, the spring on the way to Shur. […]

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On Fruit Stapling

Galatians 5 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep […]

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Thy Will be Done

“Not my will, but thine be done.” Certainly some of Jesus’s most poignant words. Do we say them to God very often? Or are we more likely to spend our time crafting arguments as to why God ought to get on board with our brilliant plans? Harder question: do we say this to one another […]

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Crucify Him

Do you think all of those who shouted “crucify him” and mocked and jeered Jesus had any idea what deeds of darkness had been done to get him on that cross? Do you think they knew of the 30 pieces of silver? Or machinations of the religious leaders? I don’t think they had any idea. […]

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Seed for the Sower

2 Corinthians 9:9-11 9 As it is written, “He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” 10 He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in […]

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Resurrection Living

This is resurrection living. We are able to lay anything and everything down in this life because we know He will raise us up with him. This is how we can fearlessly enter the dark places, the lonely places, the unknown. Because Jesus already did that to the furthest possible degree, entering the darkness of […]

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Forgiveness hurts

“To whom much is given, much is required.” Having been forgiven of so much of that for which the Father put Jesus on the cross, how can we not eagerly offer forgiveness to those who have wronged us? Forgiveness is painful and costly and means we willingly absorb the loss, the personal cost, and the […]

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Loud Singing

My favorite verse. This is how the Sovereign Lord loves his children. Yes, his willful, disobedient, hard-hearted children who are never in short supply of ways to shake their fists at him. He exults over them. He rejoices over them with LOUD singing. Do you hear that? The one against whom you have railed is […]

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Christ, Our Mediator

But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to […]

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The Proverbs 31 Man

I used to kind of get irritated with Proverbs 31. (Most Christian women I know do!) But as I read it recently I was struck with the fact that I’d been reading it all wrong! I see it so differently now! And I must give major props to King Lemuel’s mother. Proverbs 31 is not […]

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The Cable of His Faithfulness

Though through the stress and strain of life my thread of trust may break the cable of his faithfulness no storm can ever shake. These ladies… each have left and are leaving a legacy that has the name of Jesus all over it. Women who have shown me how to love uncomfortably, fiercely, beyond “safety.” […]

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Spiritual Headphones

I have always been sort of unnerved when I see kids going around with headphones on. (Full disclosure, I’m listening to music on headphones as I type this, which is partly what inspired my thoughts.) While the headphones wearer may or may not also be wearing the countenance of someone lost in the sacred revery […]

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The Boys

I realized that I haven’t shared a photo of my boys on here for a very long time! If there happens to be anyone who has followed this oft-forgotten blog for 10+ years, I would be amazed! The boys are BIG. The oldest (far right) is 17 and about to graduate high school. He’s been […]

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Idol Worship

Why do people worship idols? Generally speaking, we worship idols because we believe that they will deliver something to us that we would otherwise have to leave up to chance, fate, or God (if we happen to believe he even exists.) Idols always demand perpetual sacrifice (Psalm 106:38). What are the modern day sacrifices our […]

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Living Sacrifices

Romans 12 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. You may be thinking, “Wait a minute… I thought my main act of worship was going to church every Sunday… ?!” Friends, we are […]

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We are weathered

So several months back my wedding band broke (again) and I lost a diamond. Boo. I decided that instead of paying a couple of hundred dollars to have the diamond replaced I wanted to see if I could have the ring re-cast. Part of the reason for this is that I have decided me and […]

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Weinstein, You, and Me

Scratching my head over our collective disgust at Weinsteinism in a culture that typically laughs off pornography addiction and the rank objectification of women. Don’t get me wrong… it is disgusting and unacceptable. And totally not new. And there are probably a paltry few women who can’t say “me too,” but I would ask, are […]

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Mothballs

My husband just had to bid farewell to a pretty snazzy suit that didn’t survive the moths that we never even saw. We couldn’t exactly mount the appropriate offensive against them since we didn’t know they were there! But I can’t stand, hate, loathe, and despise the smell of mothballs. They cause a visceral recoil […]

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Our Shared Brokenness

How do we address all that underlies this problem? It’s a heartbreaking reality that we cannot afford to ignore, whether it lurks within us as an unwelcome fear that we don’t even want to believe we have or whether it be something more overt. This is our collective brokenness… one of so many.

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Love is Risky

There is no love existent in the light of glory that has not the shadow of sorrow moving around it. Friends, love is inherently risky. It’s dangerous even, because we know some days it will be painful. Some days it will require more than we want to relinquish. When we choose to love another with […]

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All will look

I love it that people gathered and gazed in awe at the beauty and wonder at God’s amazingly synchronized heavenly light show today. The sense of anticipation. The shouts of wonder. The laughter. Now imagine the Son of God in all of his glory… Revelation 1 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, […]

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Eliminating People With Down Syndrome

Eliminating people who have genetic anomalies such as Down Syndrome is not the same as eliminating a disease, such as cancer by finding a cure. Such seemingly benign euphemisms for the targeted killing of people with different abilities is precisely the domain of Nazis and eugenicists. Here’s what I think needs to be done for […]

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Porn: It’s not all about you

That’s the thing about porn… you may have convinced yourself that it’s all about you. It’s just your issue… how could it really affect her that much? But you are wrong. It is a deep wound that scabs over and is ripped off repeatedly, leaving not one, but two souls terribly scarred. There is only […]

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Wall Friends

Friendship used to be gabbing and laughter and knowledge. It was deep conversations about struggles and joys. A morning walk or a coffee together. It was a daily or weekly phone call. A familiar voice. A trip to the mall. It was tight hugs with weary arms and wet tears on shoulders. Now friendship is […]

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All Things New

We humans love shiny new stuff. We want to consume it. We want to be it. To heck with this growing old business. We are dying for life to stop doing that highly annoying entropy thing. Dying for a piece of forever to make its home with us, plant its eternity seed and make it […]

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Sanger’s Many Ironies

I’ve been reading some of Margaret Sanger’s writings lately to catch the many obvious flaws but also the many ironies in her thought processes in order to elucidate the trajectory of ideas that led to Planned Parenthood in its current diabolical iteration. Ironically she nailed some real societal ills. She effectively calls out Christians for […]

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My Plea for Father’s Day

To all the fathers who have abdicated your roles, repent. You can’t get back what you’ve already lost but there is still time for repentance, restoration and healing. Why are you waiting? To the women who are both mother and father to your children due to loss or leaving, we honor you today. You bear a […]

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Right Now

Resurfacing. My writerly muscles have atrophied. But I have to say it’s not because nothing has been happening and it’s not because I have nothing to say. We have moved! Shawn has returned to full time church ministry and is now Associate Pastor at a PCA church in New Jersey. Never imagined I’d be a […]

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Love you like a bunny

Shawn, I love you Today like I always do, Like as unto a little bunny. Your hair is fluffy, Your ears are cute, And when you’re a nut, I call you Honey. Shawn, I love you today like Nacho Loves Encarnacion. I’ll crunch toast with you, Write you love songs too And everything you love […]

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Gratitude

At work, my title is “Well-being Specialist.”  This year I have been researching “what is wellbeing and how is it promoted and recovered?”  I have personally and professionally been all too familiar with unwell-being.  We hardly know what we should target as health!  I have been helped tremendously by the insights of UPenn psychologist Martin […]

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Readjusting

Well, if you are reading this (and if you have visited my blog for any period of time, you faithful few!!) you know that I up and moved. I had been on a self-hosted site for about three or four years. But I have since really slowed down my posting rate. Life takes over! And […]

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Webs

I’m not a huge fan of spiders. I mean… I am. I like them because they are good for the garden, eating all of those pesky bugs that we like even less than spiders. Sometimes I even like to look at them. So what I’m saying is that I love spiders. Unless one happens to […]

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Din

This place is like a hollow gourd with a seed in it. tink-tink Noise. Reckless, pointless noise and chatter. Everyone come and gather so we can Blather blather blather. It’s like an empty cup of tin. Rattle, clatter, din. So loud with empty you can hardly hear a thing. It’s roaring with a vortex full […]

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Question

Are you able to see my little robotic dog on the left? I realize that I am one of those crazies blessed with an overly large screen. I really like Rusty where he is but I don’t want others to be unable to see him!

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Best Recent Discovery: Kefir Facial

Okay friends, this is a total freebie. Kefir makes the most wonderful facial. I have been using it for the past several nights and my face is happier than it’s ever been. Seriously. It’s smiling. That’s how I know it’s happy. A few months ago when my oldest son was struggling through multiple cases of […]

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Noun Confusion

Lambs Ear. It’s one of my favorite green leafy plants. If I lived in the time before Charmin I would grow this in large amounts. Somewhere near the outhouse. Really, it’s that soft. Lamb’s Ear. It’s the ear of a lamb. Soft and downy. Deliciously floppy and waiting to be petted incessantly. (Who can pet […]

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The long awaited swing.

Summer is so lovely. I know it’s not technically summer yet but it’s acting like it so I’m going to just go ahead and go with it like I did with Calgary and winter. It may have been late May but if it was acting like winter (ie. snowing) I still called it winter. I’m […]

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The people need clothes

They are literally threatening to go naked. Now granted, part of this is due to the fact that they have not been faithfully bringing their laundry down and running it through. But the large pile of clothes on my floor will attest to the fact that I’m not always the best at getting the laundry […]

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Blissdom Beginnings…

First, I’m going to break one of the rules I remember from a particularly helpful workshop at Blissdom (taught by Tsh Oxenrider) by writing several multi-sentence paragraphs in a row, unbroken by any pictures (okay, maybe I’ll add some pictures in between paragraphs after all.) I reserve the right to break the rules! (I feel […]

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Catch my breath

Do you mind if I catch my breath and try just to quantify all that’s going on? ‘Cause I’m lost and found and this train is bound for a land beyond by and by. But I can’t tell where I am and I can’t say why I know I’m fine. I just know I am. […]

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Hello Normal, you are looking strange…

Normal, you don’t look so well. You look scared and haggard. You seem like you’ve been through the ringer. Normal, are you sure you should be going at this pace? Shouldn’t you slow down? Maybe go to bed at a decent hour? Maybe you’ve had a few too many late nights. You’ve gotta take care […]

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The Mall

When we lived in Canada, we used to go to the mall just in order to get out of the house when it was too cold to go anywhere else. Since moving back home to California, we have only set foot in a mall about maybe 10 times (not including strip malls that include things […]

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A healthy fear of…

There are some things of which the world grants that you ought to have a healthy fear. People often say of their little ones, “He has a healthy fear of the water.” Water, it’s the first thing you are encouraged to fear as a child. Next thing you know, they are dressing you in clownish […]

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Sweet Shot

I’m trying to be more bloggy lately and in attempt to do that, I’m joining in a few more link-ups than I have over the past year or so of bloggy ambivalence. So here it is, Sweet Shot Tuesday. Glad I popped over to Darcy’s again and found it was another linky day.   Yes, I […]

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Making the Best of the Distance (AKA Why I love Skype)

My hunkahunkaburninlove comes home from Staff Orientation in Arizona at Food for the Hungry tomorrow. Oh, I’m so happy. I’m so happy he’s coming home but I’m so so happy he loves his job. I’m so excited about this organization. I’m very thankful. But I’m still really happy he’s coming home tomorrow. It’s not quite the […]

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Dress Up

Yesterday I had an impromptu, totally unplanned and completely spontaneous (gosh, I love being redundant. Redundancy is the best!) photo shoot with my nieces. The idea popped into my head when I went into my Mom’s house to chat with her. I saw my sister’s wedding dress lying out on a chair (major cleaning happening), […]

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Some of my favorite pictures from 2012

Because my blog is just coming back to life after being tended to on such an irregular basis for the past little while, I haven’t been posting very many pictures. Part of the reason is that outside of shooting weddings, I’ve actually not been taking quite the volume of “everyday” pictures that I have in […]

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Word of the Year

Layla at The (beautiful) Lettered Cottage has asked us what our Word of the Year is. I have never really chosen a word of the year. I’m more a word of the day type of person. Life seems to be one day at a time for me in so many senses that my word of […]

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Can you believe?

Today I read Fahrenheit 451 for the first time ever? I can’t believe I graduated high school almost 17 years ago and I just now read this book?  Pathetic. Oh my goodness.  It couldn’t be a more timely read.  Took me about 15 pages to get into it and to get passed, or rather accustomed to, the […]

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much better

Oh, I feel like I can breathe again.  My old site look was nothing short of hideous.  Perhaps that is why I haven’t blogged in so long?  I couldn’t bear to look at it. These pictures have nothing to do with anything that I’m writing about today but a blog post needs pictures. Blog posts […]

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Cool Hair, School Hair

I’m feeling Dr. Seussy today and have written a little poem in honor of those children who have lost their hair because of chemotherapy. Cool hair, school hair, crazy whacked out fool hair. Fun hair, bun hair, been out in the sun hair. Fuzzy hair, buzzy hair, I don’t even care hair. Curly hair, swirly […]

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Hello out there…

((echo echo echo)) I know.  You all are not even there anymore.  That’s okay.  I still feel like blogging today even though I am the most irregular blogger ever.  And I don’t mean I need some Metamucil. School has started with a bang.  For the first time in our homeschool history the kids are taking […]

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Hello. I'm alive! (Barely)

Seriously, this move did. me. in. (Never-mind that it was one of the shortest distance moves I’ve ever made.) Not only was I emotionally toast (so much going into that, I can’t even touch on all of it), I was very nearly physically done in as well. I was sore and exhausted, having done not […]

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Various and Sundry Thoughts

I love my kitty, Cupcake.  She is sweet and precious and only sassy no more than twice a day.  I love it that she starts out sleeping in her bed and then, after her morning ablutions,  ends up sleeping on my legs and then once she knows I’m awake decides it’s time to come and curl up […]

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5 Year Olds Rock

They are so darn quotable. These were all from about a 30 minute span. “Whoa! I just saw her hard palate. The kitty just yawned and I saw her hard palate!” ____ T shows him a picture that he drew on the Etch-a-Sketch and C says, “Wow, that’s really pixelated.” ____ Practicing reading in very […]

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Introducing Cupcake

I haven’t mentioned it on here (though if you are a Facebook friend of mine you probably already know) but I have been pining for a kitty for quite a while now.  My parent’s cat, Tigah, awoke my love for cats because he is just the sweetest kitty.  Well, now I might say he’s the […]

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A Dweam Wiffin A Dweam…

Oh my. I had a dream within a dream this morning. Dreamed an alien ship was landing in Mom and Dad’s front yard, I was only half awake but I had to get a picture. Couldn’t lift the camera all the way (too heavy) but it was always half-way in front of my eye the […]

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Paint colors

We should be moving in the next few months and will be able to choose a total color palette for the whole house. I’m excited as we’ve not really ever done this. We’ve done the room by room thing before and we’ve had a house repainted for sale. This is the color palette I’ve chosen […]

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A Psalm of Life

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) A PSALM OF LIFE WHAT THE HEART OF THE YOUNG MAN SAID TO THE PSALMIST Tell me not, in mournful numbers, Life is but an empty dream ! — For the soul is dead that slumbers, And things are not what they seem. Life is real !   Life is earnest! […]

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Such fun…

Those of you who have been reading my blog since the beginning (which I realize is probably a very small number at this point because I’m not the most daily of bloggers) know that ever since she started her blog, (I think that’s the first time I linked her) I have adored Ree.  I “knew” […]

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Ree's New Book

I got Ree’s new book, Black Heels to Tractor Wheels, yesterday in the mail because I’d pre-ordered it on Amazon when she announced its release date.  I started reading it about 3 minutes after answering the doorbell and finding it on my porch.  I should finish reading it today.  It’s quite a fun read (and […]

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Gifts

It’s birthday weekend here.  Friday was my second son’s birthday, today is mine.  And a happy one it is.  I got news via e-mail this morning, after a meeting last week with the owner, that I will be trained as and then move into being a wedding photographer with an amazing wedding photography team, A […]

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The end of a Psalm

Isn’t it strange how sometimes all of the dangling strings of life make you feel tense and worried, like everything is tenuous and about to come unraveled and then other times, when nothing has really changed, you somehow just know that “all must be well” and a strange sense of calm is about you?  And […]

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Moving

We are watching a documentary called Throw Down Your Heart where Bela Fleck, world renown banjo player, goes to Africa to share music with people from the natal home of the banjo. In this scene Bela and his host sit on an open porch in Uganda and make a new song together after his host […]

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A Day

This was a day.  I realize how banal of a post title that is.  But the day was not banal.  Of course, it could have been far less banal, (I’m sorry, are you getting tired of the word banal? Banal banal banal banal banal) that is, it could have been even more eventful than it […]

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Silly Boys

I have silly boys.  They are funny and witty and artistic and creative and all the wonderful (and maddening) things that come along with that kind of personality.  They surprise me with their creations.  Sometimes I’m floored by the ingenuity.  And then other times I just scratch my head and wonder.  And then let out […]

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New Look… and other items

I finally managed to update my WordPress version (through fear and trembling and an hour long live chat with my web-host support).  I also decided to try out another look.  I may go back or change things around yet again.  I don’t have the color or font options I’d like for the sidebar but I’m […]

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Life Together

There is a longing that runs terribly deep. Like a rivulet running down a mountain steep wants to reach the sea’s encompassing embrace so the transformed heart longs for human grace; Grace divinely given but humanly applied, His Kingdom come in coming alongside. Life together, communion’s design, a body united as grapes on the vine, […]

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Christmas ‘n’ stuff

Life has such a way of sneaking up on you and getting busy doesn’t it?  I for one like it.  And then I experience the relief of getting back to routine.  It’s all just a matter of riding the waves on the peaks and the troughs.  This past year has been more of a ride […]

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Another day in the city

After doing some school work this morning we went to San Francisco again, this time to go out to lunch with my parents and my man’s Dad.  He couldn’t remember if he had actually ever been to San Francisco so for all intents and purposes it was his first time there. We didn’t gallivant too […]

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Much better…

No funny faces today.  All serious and proper and dressed up like.  And they sang well too. The lighting was going up and down so some of these are grainy and red eyed, I’m sad to say. And now for last night’s sunset as seen from my front yard.  Love that tree lined hill. As […]

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Who says?

Who says you can’t go ice skating in California when it’s inching up on 70° in the middle of December?  The three older boys had a community choir performance at a local church today where they had an “ice rink” brought in from none other than Calgary, Alberta.  One of the guys that ran the […]

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School Hair

I actually wrote a poem all about hair this afternoon. It turned out so funny I decided I might just need to try to get it published as a book and use it as a fundraiser for children’s cancer research and I have a connection to the animation world who has connections to the publishing […]

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Mini in the City

My new little point and shoot camera that I use when I don’t want to haul the beast around with me has a fun little feature.  A miniature effect.  It basically makes the focus area look something like Mr. Roger’s neighborhood.  It’s quite addictive.  I used it as much as I could the other day […]

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Vertigo

Thankfully I’m not talking about myself.  After having vertigo for four weeks straight last August I can say that I never want to experience it again. But I have always and still do love the Hitchcock movie, starring our favorite Jimmy Stewart, Vertigo.  I’ve always wanted to go right down to the spot in the […]

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More Before and After

Before Christ: At the Tower of Babel people were working to make themselves great, to reach heaven on their own terms, to unite in an effort to glorify themselves.  God, knowing the inclination of every heart toward evil, knew people would stop at nothing.  He confused their language and dispersed them over the face of […]

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Foreshadowed and Fulfilled

God has been so good in teaching me (and making me delight in His teaching) the beauty of the constancy of scripture. How everything in the old and New Testaments point to Christ.  If one were to try to make an exhaustive list one would write several volumes of books I think (and I’m sure […]

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That noise…

This poem should explain.  I had to turn my light on at midnight and scratch it out on a piece of paper in case I should forget it by morning. Over My Head There’s a little town stirring up over my head as I lie awake listening at night on my bed. What ratty doings […]

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Pumpkins and Chickens

Last week we did a pumpkin cooking day so we’d all have lots of pumpkin puree to do with whatever our hearts desire.  I love the smell of pumpkins cooking.  And I love how pretty they are after they are cooked. Oh and before I go any further, I have to introduce you to Mom’s […]

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7 Years Ago

Goodness.  7 years ago I was incredibly uncomfortable at 37 weeks of pregnancy.  I had been in pre-term prodromal labor for weeks on end.  Night after night of hours and hours of regular contractions that would then finally stop after about 9 hours.  Ugh.  Miserable doesn’t even cover it.  I had a doctor appointment about […]

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His Loud Song of Mercy

His Loud Song of Mercy by Nancy Doud We all were lost and turned away our lips were filled with lies Our hearts were turned towards other gods the light had gone out from our eyes. Though in our midst You ever stood we yet reviled your gracious law You, Oh God, are holy, just […]

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Real Scenes

Real scene that my hubby happened upon at breakfast a few mornings ago.  Honest. Real sweet dog that likes to eat rubber and foam balls. Real hunky husband studying at Starbucks. Real leaves in my backyard. Real goofy kid. Real sassy little niece. Real earthquake.  Drill.

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Who is this God?

Why is beauty so beautiful? Because ugliness is vile. Would darkness seem dark unless you’d seen light for a while? How can you know that you’ve fallen down Unless there’s an “up” from that spot on the ground? For there to be healing something must break. “Empty” must be, if there is a “replete.” There […]

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Phew!

I’m tired!  I have been busy as most of you are also.  Just life is enough right?  Life feels like it’s really ramped up though for some reason.  Something about home schooling four boys… Lately, in all of the busyness though, I have really had to come to grips with something.  Something I really hate […]

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Grammar Game

Great way to help the kids start to understand action verbs:  Grammar Says.  It’s like Simon says but they do they action (or pretend to) whenever you say a verb.  Whenever you say a noun they are supposed to freeze.  It’s really hard and they have to think because when you say “dog” or “cat” […]

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Cat

Cat must have gotten my tongue.  Or fingers.  Or something because I have had so little to say here.  Actually it’s probably not the cat.  It’s probably more likely that some evil dark lord may have stolen my expressive abilities and transmogrified me into a brainless fingerless mute.  I have thought a lot about wanting […]

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Africa on the Brain

As a great author once penned, Africa Africa Africa Africa Africa Africa Africa Africa Africa I have been reading, for the past few months, that author’s most beautiful books about one of the most charming, I believe, characters ever developed, a lady detective in Botswana.  I just bought (last night after dinner out with my […]

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Today's Prayer…

I read this this morning and decided that I should really pray this way every morning before I start teaching my children.  This prayer has been attributed to a couple of people so I’m not sure to whom actual credit goes but seeing that he was a humble man, whomever he was, I’m guessing he […]

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When Silence Hurts

your silence isn’t kindness. It isn’t numbness It isn’t merely silence. It’s louder than a phone call. It’s harder than an insult. Your silence isn’t approval. But is it disapproval? I don’t know. How can I? It’s only a void. Or is that avoid? It’s for the listener to interpret. Your silence isn’t polite. It […]

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Mount Shasta

My home away from home from the time I was a baby. We just got back from a week of camping there. I don’t have much to say right now because…. I just don’t. But wanted to post the pictures.

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Swirling

There is a lot swirling in my mind these days.  Since I made myself take a hiatus from Facebook, that great vortex (speaking of swirling) of connectedness, that great twister of humanity, that great sucker of time, I have been able to actually think in chunks of words somewhat larger than a status update.  Like, […]

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Family

A few days ago I had the opportunity to photograph my sister’s family on her husband’s side. Though it wasn’t the ideal time of day for portaits (morning and evening are best) we were still able to find some great shady spots and get some great photos.

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