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Little Miss Austen? Yes! Pride & Prejudice Board Book …

So happy to receive this gift from my Marian-the-Librarian bud Samara add this board book to our library (and our LibraryThing!): Pride and Prejudice: A BabyLit Board Book Did you even know that this genre existed in the world? I didn’t! But I think it’s super fun. A tiny bit of a spoiler alert—but will a preschooler REALLY remember the …

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How Do You Handle Pain?

As God has graciously led me to turn and face some bad patterns in my life—habits related to relationships, spiritual disciplines (the most important relationship), life and work duties, health choices—many Scriptures, teachings, and quotes keep coming to my mind at apt moments: If you starve your cravings, they will lessen. Sin separates, the Cross unites. That which is done …

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Sweet and Charming (and Lawyerly)

Of all of the photos from Ella’s birthday party, this one is definitely one of my favorites: It may not be immediately obvious, but look at the lower portion of the cake and you’ll see some pretty big chunks out of the icing and decorations. Why is this is a favorite? Probably because I really admired Ella’s self-control in waiting …

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Happy Third Birthday, Ella Bella!

What an exhausting but fun day. Many thanks to all of the family and friends who blessed Ella with a wonderful third birthday:

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Irrational Fears (but they feel pretty real … and they had SOME bases in reality)

Tomorrow I will drive my two young daughters over the (stunning! amazing!) Bozeman Pass: Our time in Bozeman will be brief—just enough time to tour the Museum of the Rockies with my best friend and her daughter—and then to steal away her daughter for a five-day visit. You would think I would only be happy and excited about this trip. …

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(Not Becoming a Recipe Site. Of Course Not! But Just One More …) Meg’s Incredible Muffins

I am extremely grateful for all of the close friends and family members who continue to help us along on our journey of more healthy living. You motivate us by your example: canoeing, bicycling, hiking, push-up competitions and backflips on the Rims. You help us with specific recipes and wise counsel. And many of you pray for us, which is …

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You can tell me a hundred times not to take it personally, but by that time, I probably already am.

Years ago (I often hold sensitive topics that involve other people for months or even years before writing publicly on them because I always want to guard confidentiality), I received what can only be described as an extremely critical email from a stranger. For whatever reason, she felt quite confident in not only her own abilities and insights, but also …

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Might Be Adding a Fourth “Go-To” Recipe: Marinated Flank Steak

As many of you know, I am 42 years old and still haven’t learned how to cook. But I do have three recipes I can make with relatively consistent success—they are easy, tasty, relatively nutritious, and they meet all of my requirements for giving myself credit re: homemaker-y cooking-ness: You have to do some sort of prep to individual components …

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Bye-Bye, Final Vestiges of 1980’s Mauve & Baby Blue Country Chic Wallpaper

I can’t believe it’s taken us twelve years (when we moved into our house in 2000, I started ripping the 1980’s GEESE IN THE SHAPE OF HEARTS mauve and baby blue wallpaper off of the kitchen walls the moment the door closed on our movers) … but we have finally (finally!) rid our home of the (I’m sure it was …

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She Views the Whole of Me Through the Lens of the Worst of Me

Some of you have noticed that I haven’t really been blogging for awhile. Oh, sure, I will occasionally look back 50 or 60 pages into old blog posts and randomly pick one that seems to have a little depth to it—something that might encourage someone, blah blah blah. Then I update any of the “Today I was reading in Don Carson’s …

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