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    The Real Answer to the Question: “How do you DO it?!”

    I’m in our favorite supermarket with the kids.  We’re at the bakery waiting for a free cookie.  Goodness knows how we love that free cookie.   One of the girls behind the counter knows me from elementary school – knows I homeschool.  She chuckles, shakes her head, and says the words…

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    Why we can’t let our Schedule Steal our Joy.

    It’s mid-morning when my eldest child begs me to go outside and play in the leaves. Here’s what goes on in my head in the span of about 3 seconds: (Insert heaving sigh along with a deep groan.)  Really?  Honestly?  He wants to play outside?  We haven’t even STARTED…

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    Encouraging the Lonely Mom…

    I watch her as she struggles with her stroller and a crying baby and a wandering toddler while she desperately tries to pick fresh corn at the market.  She’s sweating in the sun. “I’ll take 10…”  she shouts it at the vendor and she’s slightly frantic.  I remember that feeling.  The feeling that…

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    Five Minute Friday ~ Ten.

    He slips his hand in mine as we stroll down the familiar path on a sunny afternoon.  I smile down at him and we chat about the corn fields and how the stalks are towering now in mid-July.  So calm, so easy is our friendship.  It wasn’t always so.…

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    Five Minute Friday ~ Free

    The rain patters down outside the low country windows.  Peace fills this place and I long desperately to hold on to what I have.  Right now.  Just like this. But then the afternoon brings the unexpected and the evening blows up and in a few mere moments the weight…

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    Little Lessons from a Morning Walk…

    Its sunrise on a misty morning.  I can hear the birds singing through the window loud and strong.  Two escaped hens beckon me outside to shoo them back to their enclosure and the moment I step outside my whole being is filled with a fresh awakening. Two days of…