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Kari Patterson

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Located in Molalla

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Sacred Mundane

Easter is one of my favorite times of the year. Easter gives us an opportunity to invite people to church more easily than at other times. As you probably know, many people visit church on Easter even if they don’t usually attend. That’s great. Sort of. Several years ago I heard a fabulous sermon on godly [&

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Friday’s Reading: Matthew 26:47 – 27:51, Mark 14:43 – 15:38, Luke 22:47 – 23:49, John 18:3 – 19:37 “It is finished.” -Jesus ~ For the past few years, I’ve finished something significant on Good Friday. I didn’t set out to make this a tradition, but it is interesting

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Thursday’s Reading: Matthew 26:17-46, Mark 14:12-42, Luke 22:7-46, John 13-17   “Then all the disciples left Him and fled.” (Matt 26:56) ~ I distinctly remember a moment, years ago, when I felt abandoned by someone I love.  It was at a point when I was weak and tired. I felt exhausted and poured ou

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Wednesday’s Reading: Matthew 26:3-19, Mark 14:1-11, Luke 21:37 – 22:6, John 12:1-8   “For she has done a beautiful thing to me.” – Jesus (Matthew 26:10) ~ This past Sunday afternoon, after church, I looked around at my war-zone disaster of a house, at all the boxes waiting to be packed, at the messy

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Tuesday’s Reading: Matthew 21:23 – 26:3, Mark 11:27 – 13:37, Luke 20 – 21:36 (today’s are longer than the rest, perhaps break up into two sittings…) “And He saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins.” Luke 21:3 ~ Most days I am gaga over my kids. I love their smell, their voices, their hilarious [&

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Monday’s Reading: Matthew 21:12-22, Mark 11:12-19, Luke 19:45-46, Luke 21:37-38   “Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. He said to them, “It is written, My house shall b

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{I shared last week that things are a bit cray-cray at my house as we move on Saturday (tucked in between the Good Friday evening service and Easter morning service). My house looks like a bomb went off, and my to-do list is as long as my leg, BUT in the midst of this I want […] The post

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Things are officially crazy-town at my house. I’m finalizing edits on the book, we’re moving in 9 days and I have yet to pack a single box, then it’s Good Friday and Easter, then after moving we leave the country for a week. I want to help my kids transition well through this season, so […]

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I was slipping on my shoes Saturday morning when Jeff made the simple suggestion: “Why don’t you bring a bag with you?” Ah. A bag. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before. I guess because I never actually set out to pick up trash. I just set out to walk, I never […] The post

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I recently retired my leg warmers. Yes, no more leotards and side-ponytails, I’ve officially ended my days with Jazzercise. 😉 Of course I’m kidding about the 80s apparel, but I did transition into different exercise options since we’re moving to the country, and recently I’ve just been taking w

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Why is it that when we’re sick we crave sugar? It’s strange that when our bodies most desperately need nourishment, we’re most likely to reach for a quick pick-me-up. And that’s just it, right? We crave sugar because we’re tired and we feel lousy and sugar is the quickest “high,”

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The title of this post should be Kari’s homeschool day in the life (with Dutch). By this I simply mean that the age of my children isn’t primarily what influences our days. It is Dutch who influences our days. I say this with love and with all the proud-mama vigor you can imagine. I adore my boy. He has Asperger

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It all happened so fast. After almost a year of praying, watching, waiting, wondering, within a week’s time everything fell into place and I found myself sending big news, somewhat awkwardly, via text: “Hi. So um… we sold our house and bought a house yesterday. Moving in 3 weeks. Surprise!” That&#

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Her. Just, her. This one. She is seven tomorrow and how do I even begin to describe how this girl lights up my life and brings JOY beyond my wildest imagination. I’ve often remarked that her middle name should have been Joy, because although she’s shy at first, she slowly blooms, eyes wide and face uptur

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{The next part of our journey getting to know Ernie…} ~ Something inside said, “Take him the Jan Hagels.” These are Dutch cookies–a cinnamon flavored shortbread my mom always made growing up. Heidi dumped in the flour and ate half the chopped walnuts before we could sprinkle them on top. Dutch sup

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We found out yesterday that Ernie, our next-door neighbor, passed away. I’m sad that I don’t know whether or not he received Christ, BUT I’m so grateful God gave us 3 years with him and the opportunity to share the gospel with him several times. I’ve been remembering our journey getting to know hi

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Yes! A free Saturday. I wrote “WRITE” in caps across the square (Yes, I still use a paper planner) and looked forward with anticipation to the first free Saturday I’d had in months. When the day arrived, I realized it wasn’t entirely free, as I’d forgotten Jeff had a fundraising race in the

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This concept came back to me recently, and I remembered this phase we went through when Heidi was a toddler. Chewing on this again today, considering subtle ways we seek to modify His will. Praying we submit to His plans knowing they are always for our good!  ~ It was in the toy aisle at […] The post

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The chatting and the chicken dying weren’t on my list. Early that morning I’d numbered it neatly in my planner: Baking Homeschool Finish Romans study Blog Post Work on book I was still in my jammies when I began the baking, following my familiar weekly ritual of letting the yeast foam for the first loaf […]

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“We are but a capacity, He is the supply.” -AB Simpson This quote has been open on my computer, at the top of an otherwise blank document, for several weeks.  I typed it there, was interrupted (imagine that!), closed the laptop, and left it there. Every time I was feeling desperate, needing to type a blog […]

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There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.—Ecc. 3:1 It’s been seven years, friends. Seven years of pounding out these heart-words here, hoping these humble stories strung together will bring hope, truth. I love this space so much. I love sharing it with you. I love “me

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Because when Mom winds up in the hospital and Julie shows up, as from the grave, singing Led Zeppelin in the backyard, what else is there to do but sit in a cardboard box and laugh out loud? Some days are just a total curve-ball. Not to God, of course. He’s the Pitcher. And so when […]

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Thus says the LORD, “Stand you in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it, and you shall find rest for your souls.” Jer. 6:16 ~ They asked for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. We spread it out over several subsequent family nights. They laughed, […]

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Welcome to the Sacred Mundane Summer Series! Peruse the past posts here–Lauren, Lovely-Anonymous, Janie, Caila, Jessica, Janae. Today we hear from Debra, a dear friend and former housemate. As a single gal with a grown son, working a full-time job, Debra speaks from a different season and sphere … that’s s

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Often creativity comes from desperation, so it might have been my exhaustion speaking when I suggested, “Hey kids, let’s watch the clouds!” I lay flat there on the cool grass; it felt so good.  My eyes burned, tired. The conference had been great, but I was wiped. The kids left play and ran over, lying [&

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How do we teach our children empathy?  While all children are innately self-centered, some in particular seem to have an extra-small dose of compassion in their genes. The scene plays out a thousand different ways–a child accidentally causes some sort of injury, emotional or otherwise, or witnesses some unfortunate m

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{It is my joy to introduce you to my lifelong best friend and the girl who daily models for me what the sacred mundane looks like. There are no words for how much I love this girl, or how beautifully she endures difficulty with a smile on her face. Please read and take to heart […]

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It’s been awhile since I bled on these keys. Of course there have been guest posts, and reposts, enough food for thought and worthwhile reminders of what really matters. But it’s been awhile since I laid my heart right out here for you to see what’s going on inside. Of course I could say it’s […

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I can still remember asking my mom the question when I was all of 7-years-old: “Mommy, can I have a report card like the kids at school?” I can still remember her smile. Her looking down at me. Her reply: “Honey, you are doing great. You work hard, you have a great attitude, and you’re […]

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One simple switch worked wonders for us. One of the main reasons we homeschool is to have the freedom and flexibility to “go with” what life brings and what needs and situations present themselves, so we’re far from rigid. But though it’s fluid, we definitely have our daily routine, and I love it. Ex

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