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Kari Patterson

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Located in Molalla

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… The day before Thanksgiving we got to hear the sweetest sound, a sound we’ve longed to hear for such a long time: The sound of our baby’s heartbeat.  Yes, I’m sharing now. It’s still early, and I know it’s not “safe” to share. But if I’ve learned one thing from thi

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I stood at the window, considering. The kitchen, behind me, was still a mess from the night before. The rain poured against the glass. I was so cold. My soft, cozy chair and quilt called for me, offering their comfort. I considered the evidence, Yeah, maybe I’ll just skip my walk. Stay in. Get the kitchen […

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Recently, as I drove home from a speaking event, I was worshiping in the car, singing at the top of my lungs, and so clearly in my mind’s eye I saw a picture: It was of Jeff and me. We were standing side-by-side, holding hands, looking ahead, faces resolved. We were covered in soot, ash. […] The post

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I stepped outside for my morning walk and could feel the date … it was now November. Overnight we went from crisp and cool and sunshiny–kids wearing t-shirts jumping in leaf-piles–to damp cold, grey skies–kids inside curled up under quilts. I pulled my bare hands into my sleeves to keep out the co

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This year for our homeschool routine I ditched most of what we’d done before, and decided to take an Experiment Year. That is, a year to try new things, refuse to stress, return to JOY, and recover our lost love of learning. By the end of last year I found myself frustrated by our workbook-driven, scope-and-sequence

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This week God used grass seed to get my attention.  See, one of the genius things about Jesus was His ability to teach profound spiritual truth through ordinary examples. Mustard seeds, fig trees, fields, sparrows, weeds, soil … all of these agricultural things (and so much more) were used to illustrate the deeper

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What is wrong with me?? I leaned against the kitchen cabinet, trying to keep the sobs silent. The kids played, oblivious. Jeff worked outside. I just couldn’t stop crying. I tried to text a friend, but a few words in I quit. Too much. Don’t even know where to begin. Another deflating disappointment, another

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So, I confess: Sometimes, it seems like every day in America there is another injustice, another controversial issue people are debating about, I start to feel this tinge of panic, feeling like I should know more about this, should have something intelligent to say about this, should have the definitive gospel-view on th

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You just never know what the week ahead will hold. A week ago I wrote that He holds a map we cannot see. I didn’t know, then, just how much of that map was still very much unknown to us. The very next day we heard the tragic news that Jeff’s dear dad had suddenly […] The post

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“Why don’t You ANSWER????” The question erupted, into the silence of my car, where I drove, alone, desperately trying to find the building where the memorial service was about to begin. My precious friend had just buried her son, and I wanted to be there for her, with her, and instead I was lost and [&#

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Sometimes you don’t even have to see the evening news to have a broken heart. Sometimes your inner circle surrounds you with plenty. The text came late last week that a friend’s hopes had been disappointed. Again. I knew the feeling, the quiet ache you can’t tell most people about. No doubt she’ll

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Hey friends! I’ve been unplugged this week and I apologize for the late notice, but we’re over at Simple Homeschool right now sharing about tending your heart, and offering a Sacred Mundane giveaway! This topic is more certainly applicable to us all, not just homeschoolers, so I hope you’ll check it o

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And there it was, the under-utilized secret weapon we often overlook.  Sometimes, I think, we forget that or spiritual journey is an all-out war. There is a battle raging, not just on Sunday mornings when we’re trying to get the kids in the car (the struggle is real!), but all the time. The war is never […]

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That’s right! TODAY ONLY, download Sacred Mundane for FREE, on Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Also, if you have been blessed by Sacred Mundane, maybe consider writing an Amazon review and help spread the word to others? Thanks so much, and happy eclipse day! The post

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I hesitate to write more about grief, only because I don’t mean to belabor things or draw attention to myself, but I keep feeling like God wants me to be transparent about my experiences, so I will. So often we think that our ministry, our service to others, flows out of our strong places, our […] The

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I recently saw a FB post by an outspoken Christian leader. It was politically charged, oozing contempt for those of a different political party than his own. It was meant to be funny, but it revealed a lot about his attitude toward those different from him. I recognized myself in it. My own tendency toward […]

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I shared here, about Honor, the unborn child we lost through an early miscarriage on March 5th of this year. I wanted to share a little more about her story, about ours, and about Hope. This is personal stuff so if you’d rather pass on this lengthy post, I understand. But I welcome you to […] The post

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I still remember the pastor’s patient smile when Jeff and I, over-eager 20-somethings, approached him with our “concern.”  We explained. We cited sources. We felt so strongly. He smiled. He’d been around the block a few times, and he simply responded, “There are a lot of ways to do church.&

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Ten years ago today, I birthed my words into the world for the very first time.  I was in a dark season, nursing a fussy baby and living with my parents. It was smack dab in the middle of the 50-month season of silence I discuss in Sacred Mundane. Jeff knew I needed something, an outlet, […] The post

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Out of nowhere it seemed to come, like a wave. I blinked hard, pulled the little girls closer in on my lap, wrapped my arms around them… …like I’m the one comforting them but I know of course it’s the other way around. The service ended, but my anxiety didn’t, and the easy laughter and [R

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I paused, considering, then answered: “Sure, I think going fishing sounds great and I’d love to go with you. We can do that after dinner, once we get our stuff put away.” The child let out a little sigh, “No, that’s ok. I don’t want to go fishing later. I only want to go right […

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And then I tore the math workbook into pieces while my stricken son watched, and I knew something had to change. I closed my eyes. What’s gone wrong here??  I’m ashamed to even share it here, but I’m guessing if any of you mamas is schooling a special needs kid, you have had a day […] The post

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I’m not sure why I never saw it: They didn’t see it.  The promise, that is. And yet their lives are forever recorded in the Hall of Faith, Hebrews 11. They are listed as the heroes, of whom the world is not worthy, they were meant to inspire us to live likewise. They are examples, “success […]

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I have a friend who had something horrible happen to her: In the middle of the night, while she was peacefully sound asleep, a man broke into her house, busting down her door, stole into her room, dragged her out of her bed and into a vehicle and drove off. Isn’t that awful? Trespassing! How […] The po

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Kari’s husband here, seeking to share some words about my wife. Today is her birthday, and while this woman doesn’t seek the attention, she is worth celebrating. You see, Kari is the same in public as she is in private; she harbors no secrets. Humility and integrity have married together with creativity and aut

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I was at a loss. It felt like things were getting worse and no amount of good parenting seemed to make a difference. He was more and more anxious, he was overreacting more, acting more autistic, and just overall unhappy. I tried everything I knew, but kept feeling like I couldn’t reach him. I couldn’t reach

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I have a confession: I haven’t loved America. Sometimes God’s leading is so surprising, the twists and turns He takes us on so unexpected, that we’re often unsure whether we want to even share the stuff out loud. Right? At least I feel that way sometimes. I have recently been challenged by two issues—

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I heard the scream from downstairs: “MOM! Dutch put an ANT on my cookie!” And that was when I lost my mind.  It had been a day. No, a week. No, a few weeks. And after lots of talks and tears and training and all that good stuff, we’d had a great day, the to-do’s […] The post

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I can only imagine his horror, anguish, that sinking, sickening pit in his stomach as he realized what he’d done. How on earth could this happen?? In the moment it all probably happened so fast, before he could think straight, the slope was slippery by then and he slid down. Afterwards, perhaps he thought back [

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When he showed up with our dinner, I could barely believe my eyes — this was a kid! What kind of kid does this?? Let me explain. My husband frequents a local coffee shop, and gets to know the baristas. He had often chatted with one in particular, a guy named Christian. Turns out one day Jeff had […] The

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