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More Pictures (I promise to stop soon …)

I do SO promise that this blog will not turn into an “all things family photo” blog … But we had such a great morning getting our formal family photos taken that I hoped you would indulge me one more day of pictures: Hope you have a lovely weekend! Yours, Tara B.

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Home Sweet Home

It is so wonderful to be home! We enjoyed finishing our morning at the hospital yesterday: And packing up to head home: (Wonder why we keep wondering if we’ll ever be able to get a four-door car one of these days. 🙂 ) So many blessings greeted us at home: And I’ve been incredibly supported, helped, and loved on by …

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Eleanor Marie Barthel is here!

(Fred here — Tara and Ella are happily nursing, so I’m guest blogging to give you the happy news…) She’s here! 7:47am 8lbs 8oz, 20.5 in Baby and mom are doing great! More pics will follow after bath and naptime, but here are a couple quick ones: Thank you so much for the prayers. We appreciate you all so much! …

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Wondering if we’ll make it 13 more hours …

Well … Based on the all night long and all during church long and pretty much all day today long “not quite Braxton Hicks because OH MY STARS THEY HURT / but not quite REAL because they don’t hurt THAT BAD” contractions I’ve been having, we’re all wondering if Eleanor Marie will wait her “scheduled” 13 hours to arrive “decently …

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Wisdom and …

I just added another sermon series to my “want to listen to one day” list: Pastor Anyabwile’s Sermon Series from Proverbs Wisdom and friendships, morality, marriage, adultery? Sounds like a great series. (And a sweet reminder of why we named our oldest daughter Sophia Grace. Wisdom and Grace.) “Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let …

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Nesting is Officially OVER

Well … after my incredibly productive morning (hooray for no headache!), I’m officially DONE nesting. Clean sheets & towels & all laundry done, de-doggified-Swiffered-hardwood floors, clean bathroom, dusted room, fridge & freezer & kitchen shelves cleaned out (found a salad dressing that expired, let’s just say, A VERY LONG TIME AGO), groceries stocked, FAN cleaned out (that’s been REALLY bothering …

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Seeing God’s People as He Does

What a privilege it is to get to see (and pray for!) the behind-the-scenes making of Peacemaker Ministries’ new resource, “The Leadership Challenge: Living Out the Gospel Where Conflict and Leadership Intersect.” I am right now reading through the first half of the study guide and it is wonderful! I am so excited for this resource to (hopefully) be available …

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Chick Flicks & Lies …

TakeYourVitaminZ continues to link to great articles and this one is a definite MUST READ if you enjoy the (occasional? frequent?) chick flick (including, btw, Jane Austen): You’ve Got Lies: Chick Flicks and the World’s Approach to Men and Marriage (It’s an interesting article. Well written. Not condemning. But it did make me at least pause re: the videos I …

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Conflict on the Missionary Field

I usually try to minimize the conflict coaching I do via email because a) it’s usually not the best venue to discuss such important matters; and b) I simply don’t have the time. But years ago, a friend wrote me this email and I did my best to encourage/help her in response. In praying through my “conciliation contact” subdirectory again …

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Bridge of Grace

Thanks, TakeYourVitaminZ, for posting this great Spurgeon quote to remind us all of the gospel: “The bridge of grace will bear your weight, brother. Thousands of big sinners have gone across that bridge, yea, tens of thousands have gone over it. I can hear their trampings now as they traverse the great arches of the bridge of salvation. They come …

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