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I’ve been coming to these women’s conferences for 56 years. And usually they are SO boring! But …

When I spoke at a recent event, an elderly woman approached me. (I found out later than she was 90 years old!) Honestly? Not knowing her, but making an assumption based on most of the other times that elderly women have approached me when I’m speaking at their events, I assumed that either she had a question or prayer need …

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O Mama! O Mama! You Dear Sweet Dear!

(An oldie but a goodie from way back when Sophie was all of six years old and little E was just a tiny babe. I hope you enjoy!) ************** I’ve been traveling a lot lately and it has taken a toll on our family. We all pray and work hard to serve well … but it can be hard (and lonely) …

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I Bet I Was A Prayer Request Just Like That When I Was 13 Years Old (The Rich Tapestry of God’s Providence)

If you haven’t read this Tim Challies’ post, you really should. It is wonderful! The Rich Tapestry of God’s Providence It reminds me of five minutes I spent with a woman at my church after our service. She had given a prayer request during the service for a thirteen year-old girl she knows whose life situation is utterly chaotic: addict …

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Your Childhood Does Not Determine Your Life

This past weekend, Fred and I had more time than usual to just talk and visit. It was such a grace to me because I am currently so tired—tired to my bones tired (physically); tired and weeping a lot (emotionally) … intellectually, relationally … spent. So listening to Fred tell me new stories from his childhood—and replaying various moments from …

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The Day I Hit our HOUSE with Fred’s TRUCK

Today, my darling husband has been working hard on a number of projects both inside and outside of our home. I have to admit … as he worked on the bushes by our driveway, I was tempted to cringe a tiny bit as I remembered the time I accidentally drove over them—damaging the bushes, to be sure, but far more …

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Growth

Growth can be extremely hard to see. My (almost) five year-old grieves often when she fails to see growth in her heart. (Some of you may remember the despair in her quote from last year: “I know Jesus is strong. But my FITS are stronger!”) (It only feels that way, darling. It only feels that way.) The truth is that God is changing and growing …

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It Takes a Lot of Work to Have this Much Fun on Vacation

  Our family is enjoying a fabulous vacation right now, all courtesy of the astounding generosity of my sister and her Fred. (Yes, we both really did marry men named Fred.) We have all sorts of wonderful family photos that I cannot wait to put into our 2014 Picaboo Family Photo Album and print three copies (one for us, one for each of our …

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I saw Baryshnikov dance, heard Kathleen Battle at her prime, and was twenty feet away from Yo-Yo Ma as he played the Bach Unaccompanied Cello Suites on the stage of Orchestra Hall. And now this.

Back in the early 1990’s, I lived near Chicago and had some truly life-altering opportunities to see and hear the best of the best in the arts. Certain memories are seared in my mind—with all of the accompanying sounds, lighting, and emotional expressions. The slight squeak of Baryshnikov’s foot as he landed a jump. The ephemeral—and yet seemingly eternal—hover of the …

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Five Hours, $250, Time to Pack & A Chicken Pot Pie

I had just over 48 hours home in between the Peacemaker Conference and my service in Canada—you know, plenty of time to unpack, do laundry, repack, prep my content and resource table—and yes, feed and clothe my family, homeschool my children, etc. etc. (Hah. We’re barely in clean undies around here these days. But this is our ONLY turnaround like …

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(Very!) Wise Counsel in Just Four Words

In the dark, quiet hours of the early morning, my mind was already whirling away as I considered everything on my plate for the day. I was so happy when Fred was finally awake and we could talk and pray together. He began to move into his day and I was still a little paralyzed by the size of the …

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