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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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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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The Strange, Ensorcelling, Oft-Inaccurate World of Today’s Technology

I’m having a strange technology week. Some of it has to do with my weeks-old iPhone and my haltingly slow steps into the world of interacting with friends via texting. (Yes. I admit it. Texting really is quite convenient when you have to interact with people on time-sensitive matters. But do I really want to be that connected during my normal …

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Please Use (Even Just a Few) Words …

Knowing that it can be unloving (and even selfish) to ask for too many words from a friend (or husband!) who isn’t, shall we say, as much of a verbophile as me … I was a little reticent to ask for more details in a comment Fred recently made. (I don’t want to be a burden! I don’t want to …

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When (Differently) Gifted Pastors Destroy the Church (Rather Than Build it Up)

So sad. But so true: When (Differently) Gifted Pastors Destroy the Church (Rather Than Build it Up)

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