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Today I had a short date with my dear friend. (You’ll remember from a previous blog that we get together every so often and meet for just one sharing-packed hour.) As we stood and chatted while she perked our coffee, I quietly worried that we wouldn’t have enough time for […]

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Amazing Grace for Me Today

We bought this train set for The Grand last Christmas. It has about a million pieces so throughout the year we have brought out a few pieces as he is ready for more. This afternoon I thought, Why not empty the box?! While Gene was in the shower I brought […]

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This Time Last Week

This time last week I was having dinner with my family on our “eat out night” on staycation. This particular evening I wasn’t feeling my usual chatty self. I was a little tired and achy from all our fun activities. I enjoyed sitting quietly and listening to the kids talk […]

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Getting It Done

Some days are about getting it done. I know I talk about enjoying today and seeing God’s hand in every day. I did enjoy today and I did see God’s hand. I worked hard to finish a writing project due by the end of the day. I love writing on […]

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Today I Made a Hard Decision

I have been overwhelmed lately. Being overwhelmed always comes with its fraternal twin, frustration, and their younger sibling, guilt, in tow. Okay, enough of the family analogy. You get the idea. I feel like I have more to do than time to do it. I feel like I am always […]

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A Little Skin in the Game

Today Kelsey and I literally tore up her kitchen. She chiseled away at the layers of plywood and linoleum (2 different kinds!) to uncover a beautiful hardwood floor, which they will have professionally refinished. It will be gorgeous. I chiseled through layers of plaster, 2 kinds of wallpaper (one a […]

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A Day in Real Life Home Reno

This is the only picture from today. Kelsey and I spent the afternoon shopping and researching for bathroom fixtures, flooring, and tile. Thanks to all things HGTV and Pinterest Kelsey and Caleb have seen more home reno ideas than they know what to do with. My job with Kelsey today […]

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My Life-Giving Day

The past few days I’ve been mulling over the phrase “life-giving.” God placed this phrase in my path twice in one day. Both times it was spoken/written by women I deeply respect, admire, and aspire to be like. So I thought God might be trying to tell me something—like “pay […]

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One Reason I Write

I tried to write this last night, but couldn’t. I needed to let my brain cool off after a long weekend of all the kids home—so many conversations, questions, planning, activities. My brain needed time to identify, file, organize, and process everything I experienced over the past four days. Something […]

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“If You Don’t Plan It, It Won’t Happen.”

Today I finished planting the flowers I bought with my sister last Friday. It seemed like no matter how many flowers I planted there were still more to go. While taking a break in my favorite spot—the porch swing on the deck—I realized my problem. Planting flowers does not take […]

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