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    I Have All I Need.

    Another flyer arrives in our little mailbox and my heart pounds.  Advertisements for pillows and vases and more Spring-like STUFF haunt me.  They haunt me while I pray for a young boy in Uganda who wants only to be healthy. And we say we care.  We care about the…

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    Growing up Slowly in a Too-Fast World…

    We are clinging to our children.  We want them to grow up slowly…  We’re keeping them away from negative influences like popular music, television, kid-marketed movies, commercials, the Mall, kid-stores, and the list goes on. That’s right, our family doesn’t go to the Mall. We are choosing to stand…

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    Why me? (The Rich Life)

    This weekend was FULL.  Rich and full… like a healthy meal and tea by the bonfire – that was our weekend.  And it is at the end of days such as this I realize how rich I am.  Rich in God-gifts.  Rich in friends, family.  Rich in the ‘us’ of…

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    Five Minute Friday – Ache…

    Something doesn’t feel right.  Something’s growing inside of me.  Something that makes my brows furrow even harder still at this culture we live in.  I’m looking at grave stones, thinking how fragile, how short this life is and I decide it.  I refuse to sit back any longer and confuse…

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    Culture in a Car

    It happened fast. Before I knew it I was yelling at an old man in the parking lot. I don’t make a habit of such behavior. This was a typical sunny day in mid-winter and we’d just spent the better part of the morning in the library children’s section…

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    What Freedom Looks Like.

    We wind around a snow spattered path – nothing but the sounds of early birds and ice crunching under our feet.  There it sits, a little old farm house, nestled in the middle of acres upon acres of lush woodland.  I’m instantly mesmorized, a weakness for history takes over me and…

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    The Love Tree

    In our family we call Valentine’s Day, “Love Day”.  Our daughter coined it when she was three and since it’s so darn cute, we stuck with it.  So, on this, the day before the offical “Love Day”, I thought I’d share this special activity. This year, we created a Love Tree.  It’s a fun, easy,…

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    The Love Tree

    In our family we call Valentine’s Day, “Love Day”.  Our daughter coined it when she was three and since it’s so darn cute, we stuck with it.  So, on this, the day before the offical “Love Day”, I thought I’d share this special activity. This year, we created a Love Tree.  It’s a fun, easy,…

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    Have Yourself an Ethical Little Christmas

    I deeply admire some families who choose to not give gifts at all when Christmas rolls around.  I think it is an incredibly real and sacrificial way to preserve what Christmas is truly about.  As for our family – we do exchange gifts, but we do it carefully.  And…

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    The 'no rush' Family…

    The breeze bounced happily around our hair today as we drove home from having Pizza together at a small Pizzaria.  Just me and my three.  Gleeful at the glorious sunshine on this spring day, we were on our way to the park for a leisurely walk and play in…