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    The Compassion Experience Tour

    This week our family (and some good friends) had the opportunity to go to the Compassion Experience Tour presented by Compassion International. This is a completely interactive, story-based exhibit put on my Compassion International.  It is free and really worthwhile visiting if you have one close enough.  In a nutshell, you…

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    Growing Joy (The Story of the Old Farmer)

    I recently read a modern-day parable that shook me out of a grumpy morning state.  The story goes like this: Once, there was an old farmer.  His skin was rough and creased with years of the hard work in the sun.  He wore brown overalls and a worn out straw…

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    Spuds and the Spirit.

    It was a bumper crop of potatoes this year.  The field down the lane is still a gold mine of spuds after the farmer gathers the harvest.   After the machines rumble through, neighbors are graciously welcomed to collect what is left behind.  On a warm Autumn afternoon, the kids…

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    Broken.

    This morning, dishes are piled high from last night’s dinner and an evening of preparing meals.  Crusty pans of lentils, onions, and various mixtures are literally heaving out of the sink and spilling out along our too-small counter top.  At 10pm, our water stopped working.  This morning, it was fixed for a few…

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    Comfort.

    I cradle my favorite autumn yellow mug and sip hot, creamy coffee. It’s 7:58am.  We’ve been up for two hours.  I grin.  It’s a typical morning for us.  Quiet, peaceful, the birds still shaking off the chill of Spring nighttime. The music hums in our messy kitchen: “… Nothing…

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    Diary of a Spoiled Brat.

    Our car is broken again. We borrowed my parents’ second car on Saturday so we could go shopping for the new car we didn’t want to buy when we spent another $100 or so a couple of weeks ago on our current car (which is still broken, remember). My…

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    Reflecting on 2012…

    This year…  was our best yet.  Can you have a ‘best’ year?  I thank God every day for the blessings of my life – how can I not?   This morning snow lightly falls outside the window, a little girl in cupcake footie PJs asks, “play horses with me?”,…

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    Grocery Store Gospel

    I work at a grocery store part-time and today, the weekend before Christmas, was BUSY.  The till whines an incessant tune of: BEEP – turkey – BEEP – stuffing – BEEP – cranberries – BEEP – flour – BEEP – butter – BEEP – sugar… I smile at an…

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    Just a Humble Servant Girl…

    I open up my bible and read it again, the story of Jesus’ birth.  Tonight, it is Mary’s words that touch my heart.  Funny, I’ve never really noticed them that much before. “My soul praises the Lord,My heart rejoices in God, my Savior,because He has shown His concern  for…

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    In My Arms

    I sit on the edge of her bed, waiting for her to stop stalling at bed time. “One more snack, Mama.” “You’ve had three already.” “I want yogurt.” “But you’ve had four yogurts already today.” “Do you have watermelon?’ “Yes…” “Ok, I’ll have that.” “Oh...”  she continues so innocently,…