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The Redheads

Oct 30 Comments

a poem about some recent days

a poem about some recent days

reading about identity in Christ with one of my favorite girls (we drink coffee, overpriced) mate has soothed my queasy stomach waves and now is essential (with friends, afternoons are saved) neighborhood friends, the Lord seems to pursue week after week there’s been a new breakthrough! two neighbors have shown their care for us well by […]

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Oct 29 Comments

Downtown Statue Play

Downtown Statue Play

Warsaw hosted 16 statues from Seward Johnson’s collection of more than 450, a collection that has been all over the world. He started sculpting out of metals like aluminum and bronze back in the 70s, and of the 16 that graced our little town, I saw one as recent as from 2003. Seward is now in his […]

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Oct 28 Comments

These two.

These two.

  It’s been so refreshing to step into the living room to see Corban and Jaeda playing kindly together. For the most part, they really like each other. But on the days when choosing love is just too hard for them, we’re working on gentle reminders that it is a worthwhile choice. Our moms’ group is reading my […]

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While Mom’s Away

While Mom’s Away

I’ve gotten to be away for a whole weekend two months in a row! In September, it was our annual Father/Daughter Retreat in Northern Michigan. In October, it was the True Woman Conference in Indianapolis with lovely, God-fearing women from our church. James and I talked about it at great length, since it seemed hardly […]

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Oct 24 Comments

The beginning of the 2s.

The beginning of the 2s.

When you’re two, princesses are a big deal. As are pigtails, spinning, and making messes. When you’re two, smooching is the best. So are peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Mosquito-swollen eyes are not.  When you’re two, you practice going potty. You also practice stubbornness, trying Mommy’s patience, and falling asleep instead of complying. When you’re […]

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Oct 22 Comments

The end of the 3s.

The end of the 3s.

  Corban is still putting his sandals on the wrong feet at various times. “Don’t worry, Mom; it’s fine with me.”  He and Jaeda have figured out if they bring a big enough bag in the bike trailer, they can do their normal imagination play without waiting to arrive at our destination! He’s doing all […]

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Goodbye, Summer.

Goodbye, Summer.

Goodbye, backyard picnics. Goodbye, long family hikes. Goodbye, warm river. Goodbye, mosquito bites. Goodbye, sidewalk chalk painting. Goodbye, cleaning out the van. Goodbye, scooter washing.  Goodbye, summer tan. (er, wait, those are just legs with bruises) And helloooooo, static electricity!

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Sep 23 Comments

The Spirit’s stirrings in a young heart.

The Spirit’s stirrings in a young heart.

A couple weeks ago, a little purple plastic gun showed up at our house. I actually recognized it, so when I saw Corban playing with it, I thought it was a boy reunited with his long-lost toy. But when James noticed it during supper that night, he knew for sure it didn’t belong to us. He […]

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Sep 22 Comments

When the life group retreats.

When the life group retreats.

Well, I started this post exactly two weeks ago. Then I took a break to blink and just opened my eyes today! Actually, I started working on a book I officially wrote in college and forgot all about photos and blogs and funny stories. After reading it with adult eyes, I realized there wasn’t one.single.word […]

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Aug 31 Comments

These two…

These two…

love fight pray make light eat splash build smash play run bore stun scream fall laugh bawl watch climb gasp slime grow slop clean never.stop  

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