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Sacred Mundane

The text popped up and my heart sank. Again. What is wrong with this crazy world?! It just seemed that everywhere I looked, things were not as they should be. Why are so many things so very wrong? Why do people make such terrible decisions? Why are children’s heart’s broken?  That morning Jeff preached on

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I love this time of year: My feed is full of first-day-of-school photos. Bright-eyed littles holding sign-boards showing their grade, new clothes and combed hair and eager anticipation of the year brimming with opportunity. I admit, homeschooling is a little anticlimactic in that department. No new clothes nor combed hai

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Perusing my planner is like a form of therapy for me. I love planning. I love calendar squares (I’m a paper girl), and blank spaces (and an introvert), and scheduling out school years and Bible studies and populating those pages with neat-and-tidy plans. Of course the actual days ahead aren’t neat-and-tidy at

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Continuing from part one » How Justice Came: Preparations After sleeping soundly through the night, I woke at 7am Saturday morning with a contraction. Not painful or intense, but definitely a contraction. I had never had them during the day, so that was a bit different from usual. Dutch had just crawled into our bed [&#

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Yesterday, I drove a familiar route and a flood of memories filled my mind. It was the first time on that road since September 16th of last year, when I drove home in a wild mess of bewildered, angry tears. It had been a long 9 months. We’d lost two babies through miscarriage (I wrote […] The post

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He took the phone call outside, but I could still hear. “Yeah, that way everything’s in place, just in case. And if I am there, I can cover that part. Thanks so much, man.” He was happy, of course. He was talking to one of his favorite friends, an elder at Renew, who is more than […] The p

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It was rather anticlimactic, to cross that “due date” calendar square out and still be pregnant. Especially since I’d really thought (for the 5th time) that I was in labor the night before. We had even taken the kids to my parent’s house for the night thinking “this was it.”  Though i

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“Well that was a waste,” I thought to myself when I woke up, blurry-eyed, exhausted, after realizing that the seven hours of contractions from the night before had produced … nothing. There was most assuredly still a baby inside my belly. It was early, the 4th of July, and the night before I’d

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It’s the 4th of July and you know what that means! Wait, do we know what that means?  Of course, it means barbecues, parades, rodeos, and fireworks. Duh!  But what does it really mean? Yes, we know it is Independence Day, but what does that mean? A couple weeks ago Jeff got up in the middle of the night to [

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“If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.” —Proverbs 18:13 This last week, I was so grateful for good doctors, midwives actually, who listen. Every time I go to my prenatal appointment, they sit, patiently and attentively, and listen. They ask questions, take notes, and make every effort t

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I remember, so clearly, being about 8 years old, and attending the 40th birthday party of our friend and pastor, Paul Hunter. All the balloons were black with “Over the Hill” printed on them. It was a great party, but I remember asking my mom, “What does ‘over the hill’ mean?” She expl

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We were caught off guard the first time it happened. Our sweet, happy, laid back, never-barked-before dog lunged forward and growled at the little girl slowly approaching. Say what?!  She must have just been caught off guard, we thought. Give it time. But it got worse. For the first week she was here, she was an angel

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“Note to self: By mid-May you are just so done.” This is a memo I left to myself, last year around this time, when I was army-crawling across the finish-line of school, joylessly trudging through the final obligatory lessons. See, when the sun comes out and the natural world awakes, there are a thousand outdoor adv

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Hey friends! Just a quick note to let you know Sacred Mundane is available FREE on ebook today (6/4) and then just $1.99 the rest of the week (Thur-Sunday).  If you haven’t had a chance to read, go snag a copy now, and click SHARE to let your friends know! Also, if you’re like me and […] The po

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His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. —2 Peter 1:3 Her smile flashed as she told me the story. I loved listening to her, her enthusiasm was infectious as she shared about her Savior. She’d […] The po

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I took a deep breath. Patience. This child’s attitude was awful, but I knew there were plenty of contributing factors. New braces. Sore teeth. Just mush and liquids for food for several days. A distinct lack of love for multiplication tables in general. Sun outside and a world awaiting that she’d much rathe

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It’s interesting how few things matter when eternity hovers, gleaming, just over the horizon. When things get stripped away that you thought were so important, and then you chuckle to yourself because you can’t remember why they mattered so much. “All the deciding factors” dwindle down to the dec

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  It was Nature Day, and the kids were happily scattered across the property, smeared with mud, rosy-cheeked from the fresh air, happily lost in the world of all things wild. I came through the back door and into the kitchen to get some water. As I stood at the sink I was vaguely away of […] The post

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It was late, too late, when Jeff brought me the letter. I was already in bed, blurry-eyed, exhausted from a full day and our Good Friday service. But I’d been waiting so long for this letter, he knew I’d want to see. I blinked. That can’t be right… Jeff could read my face without even seeing the

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I looked at the clock: 2:11pm. Just about time, I thought to myself with zero enthusiasm. I wiped the counters, stuck the last lunch-dish in the dishwasher, grabbed my Bible, and headed up the stairs. At the top, on the little landing, tucked away in an alcove, sits a rocking chair. This, I felt, was […] The

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The rain fell hard and the last lumps of dirty snow law strewn about the property, like dirty dishes and crumpled napkins the morning after a festive celebration. I curled up on the couch, pulled the quilt up over my face, and cried. Sometimes it’s strange how easily we slip into discouragement. That morning I [

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Today marks another little leg of our journey, and I wanted to share it with you… Jeff and I had the joy today of discovering it is a little BOY who is coming to join our family. I shared a bit of our journey back here: Our Hope Is in Heaven. Back in the fall of 2016, […] The post

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  I mentioned before that this is our “Experiment Year,” but little did I know then that I’d be trying something else I’ve never done before: Homeschooling while pregnant! Though I’m feeling great now, I spent three months wiped out with morning sickness. Thankfully, we were able to keep chugging along w

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I slipped under the covers and sighed, exhausted, closing my burning eyes and sniffing my running nose, trying to tilt my head just right so I could breathe. It was just a cold, but a cold plus pregnancy plus a heavy heart … I just longed for sleep. Jeff turned toward me. “What did she […] The po

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I stumbled downstairs, turned on the hot-water kettle, and looked at the weather on my phone. Seven days of rain. That’s not unusual up here in the PNW, of course, but it still strikes you as a bit dreary. Nothing much to look forward to. And yet, as I curled up with my Bible, sipped […] The post

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Other than gathering with my church fam to worship, my favorite way to spend a day is curled up, under a blanket (or by a pool, depending on the season), with a good book. Friday afforded me a day of such luxury. We had finished all our school for the week, we had nowhere we […] The post

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We say it all the time: “You/I need to surrender to God.” We sing about it.  It might just be one of our most oft-repeated phrases, in our spiritual conversations with each other. My own book sure contains references to it! But … to “surrender” (to God) does not appear in the Bible. Ever.

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“Are we in a hurry??” Dutch’s hackles are up anytime he sniffs out a hurry. I smile. Our Sunday morning routine is always the same. My answer is always the same. “Nope. As long as you promptly obey me, there’s no rush.” I kiss the top of his head and send him off to get […]

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I looked down at Dutch, concerned: “Is Kalmar going to die?” He smiled but his eyes told me nothing. He’s a stickler for unspoiled endings. Then I reminded my heavy heart, It’s just a book.  Just as certain songs mark seasons of some people’s lives, so books do with mine, and this has most

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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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