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Author Archives: Debra

About Debra

My name is Debra

The Other Side of the Perfection Story

Earlier this week, my talented daughter Katherine wrote an article for The Witness about her fight to be perfect. I’ve gotten more feedback on Katie’s article, “A Perfectionist’s Guide to Being Perfect,” than on just about anything I’ve ever written. You can read Katie’s post here, but the gist of it is that she has … Continue reading »

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The Wait is Over

It occurred to me recently that I’m the kind of person who’s always waiting for something. Waiting to get married…waiting for a baby…waiting for the baby to sleep through the night, be potty trained, ride without a car seat…waiting to survive the teen years…waiting for my diet to be over…waiting for the day I’ll have … Continue reading »

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February Love

Welcome to my blog for an uncharacteristically short post on 5 things to love about February! (Prepare yourself for exclamation point overload now!) 5. January’s over! Yippeee! (Sorry, all you lovers of the first month. I kind of just buckle up, hang on, and wait for this one to be over. It feels like a … Continue reading »

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Proportional Gratitude

When Nathanael and I first married, we bought a small house with the help of my parents. A few years later, we began remodeling it. It seemed like a good idea on paper. In reality, it was tough. Really tough. Especially when we cut off the kitchen water supply right around the time we brought … Continue reading »

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Treasure Hunting

I come from a serious line of treasure hunters, from Grandpa Grams to Dad and on to me. We’re not treasure hunters in the traditional, everyone-else-thinks-this-is-valuable-too sense. We’re more the one-man’s-trash-is-another-man’s-treasure kind. True, I didn’t always appreciate a good deal or the thrill of the hunt, but now I share their fierce love of the … Continue reading »

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The Art of Being Thankful

Yesterday, you may have heard, I had a frustrating experience. Someone snuck into my car and sprayed perfume all over the place. As a person who doesn’t wear perfume myself (because it gives me headaches), this was a discouraging discovery. The ride home felt longer than usual, and even after we got home I smelled … Continue reading »

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Seeds of Neglect

At the beginning of 2016, our local Target store closed. I was surprised at how quickly the entire property assumed an air of neglect. By late spring, the landscaping was overgrown, parking lot cracks sprouted unsightly weeds, and trash accumulated along the sidewalk. Although I know these changes happened gradually, it didn’t seem that way. … Continue reading »

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What Women Need

A few days ago we got into a discussion at our house about the movie Deadpool. Maybe you’ve heard of it. I, in my happy state of ignorance, had not. I was under the impression that it was just a quirky little Spiderman spin-off, and I figured at some point I’d watch it because Spiderman … Continue reading »

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Real Rest

We just got home from a week-long vacation at a state park, and it was amazing to have my entire family together – 46 people to be precise. What a blessing it was to have that time together! The week went all too quickly, though. It seemed I blinked and vacation was over. I was … Continue reading »

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Why Go To Church?

A few weeks ago, my three-year-old asked, “Mom, do we have church today?” It happened to be a Thursday afternoon, so I said, “No. Not today.” He cocked his head thoughtfully to one side and asked one more question. “Why do we go to church?” That’s a good one, Noah. Why do we go to … Continue reading »

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