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Kari Patterson

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Located in Molalla

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“The only mothers it is safe to forget on Mother’s Day are the good ones.” ~ Ha! Isn’t that the truth? Jeff and I are so blessed to both have “good ones” in the mom department, but isn’t it true in all areas that there are those in your life who are “safe” to forget […] The post

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I have a friend who had something horrible happen to her last year: 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? […] The post

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I felt that familiar flip-flop feeling, that quick catch in my breath. Oh good grief, Kari. Really?! Yes, really. It would seem so innocuous, this thing, but it tripped up some insecurity switch and as I slipped into bed, in the safety of the darkness the tears slid down my face, onto the pillow. Why, […] Th

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I sense this urgency now more than ever. Not a panicky urgency, just a sense that time is short, that these are critical times, that “as in the days of Noah” there will be many who are oblivious to the times and be caught off guard by His coming. No, I’m not talking about stock-piling […] T

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This is from last year, and I want to say, with JOY and a grateful heart, I have been blown away by the difference in this past year, of seeing people truly step up and show up. We’ve seen almost 100% of people stick with each Bible study session, which makes my heart soar. But re-reading […] The post

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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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Update: It’s now been 14 months of using these prayer cards each day, and I have to say: I love them! The word for me recently has been FOCUS, and these cards help me focus in prayer, on specific, scriptural things in line with God’s heart and will, to intentionally intercede for. It’s been so […]

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This past weekend I had the joy of sharing some good news with God’s women and I think He wants you to hear it too. Here it is: YOU ARE RICH. See, the enemy wants to keep you from being effective in making disciples, by making you think you don’t have what it takes. You don’t […] The post

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Well, I’m late sharing this post because … it’s a chaotic season. (ha!) Actually it’s not now, we’re slowly getting unpacked and just savoring time outside, celebrating the simplicity of bugs and nature and sunshine. We’ve just coming out of an insanely busy 6-week period, and I share

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All I can think about these days is the blessing of relationship. During our insanely busy period of moving, finishing the book, and traveling, we were carried by the faithfulness of friends. People spending days helping us move, cleaning our old house, moving our chickens for us while we were out of the country, peo

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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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