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Kari Patterson

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Located in Molalla

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Sacred Mundane

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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This Mama has had a crazy busy few months, and Friday was my last speaking event for the season and the sun is out and I am READY to get low with my littles and catch bugs and dig holes and play games and I was reminded again of this — playing with our kids, […] The post

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I did some digging this weekend. I wish I could say it was the kind in the garden, the fun and recreational kind where you sink your hands into some soil and get those good seeds planted, full of hope, in eager anticipation of salsas and salads come late July. I’ll get to that too, […] The post

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I would say I’m sorry for how sporadic posts have been these days. On the one hand, I know it’s a not a big deal. I rest in the knowledge that no one is out there refreshing my site moment by moment, eagerly awaiting new content. 🙂 I’m not that important. But, I also know that […] The p

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Their little eyes widened as the words sunk in: One HUNDRED times as much! We giggled to ourselves thinking of receiving back one hundred toys, or one hundred cookies, or one hundred houses or sisters or brothers. Of course the essence of this promise isn’t about calculating or counting, it’s written to conv

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Early this morning I had a conversation with some friends, and one of them just kept saying, “Really, all you have to do is just show up.” Just show up was the phrase we kept coming back to. Then this is popped up from exactly a year ago … perhaps it’s timely for us all. ~ I’ll […]

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“Why?” I yelled, out into the sky. “Why did you trick me, God? It was January 2002, and I remember so clearly the feeling. Standing out in the rain, soaked to the skin, confused because God was breaking my heart. I wrote our whole story out here, how God brought Jeff and me together in a roundabout […]

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Instead of cooking dinner right now, I get to curl up in my favorite chair, put my feet up, and share this post with you. See, a dear friend is generously bringing dinner to us tonight. She knew we had a hard few weeks, so she insisted on bringing us a delicious, homemade meal. Because […] The post

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  Last month, when we went through those 17 stressors all at once, I thought, “Oh good. There’s my break-down-and-cry session for the year. Let’s get back into our groove and start thriving again!” But then. We were heading into a super full month ahead, so I braced myself for the busyness. The same day [

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“Now I don’t have to die to go to heaven,” my son grinned. “It’s right here.” We were walking along the trails zig-zagging through the wild countryside of the property we would soon call home. Towering trees, low-hanging limbs laden with moss, a pond and trickling creek, old-growth stumps — it was all so

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At a retreat last weekend, we were asked, “What’s one thing you’re looking forward to this year?” The girl I was sitting beside quietly confided that she was excited to welcome a precious baby into the world on July 26th. I gasped, thrilled for her, and then quietly confided that I too was excite

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This last week, I felt like chains fell from my wrists, ankles, mind. I opened this book and began scarfing down what I’ve been starving for for so long and didn’t know it. I cannot remember the last time I felt so FED by a book, by truth. About what, you ask? Worldview. I know, this seems so dry, […

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It happened Friday night — the unraveling, crumbling, ugly-cry, loudly-sobbing, can’t-talk sort of breaking point that seems to come along once or twice a year. I could kind of see it coming, but couldn’t quite put my finger on it.  I didn’t know anything was wrong, but the littlest thing can sen

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Oh Heidi, where to even begin? Yesterday you turned eight, and the day was FULL of watching you shine and love and receive and give, and I just sat marveling at how God has grown you into a lovely little lady these past eight years. I was reflecting this week on how amazing it is […] The post

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You know when you read a book or hear a teaching, and it’s like everything inside you jumps for joy, “YES! Truth!” That’s how I felt recently when we (finally) discovered Francis & Lisa Chan’s You and Me Forever marriage book/study, which we’re super excited to have as the materia

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As I type these words I’m tucked under this quilt, snuggled up warmly with my Bible and books at my side. My stomach just growled so I ran downstairs and grabbed the already-prepared protein shake I’d mixed up last night. I feel downright giddy, curled up here in my happy place with time to think, […]

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