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Author Archives: Debra

About Debra

My name is Debra

A Beautiful Story

When a new school year begins, there are always adjustments to be made. Sometimes, it’s learning to wake up early again. Other times, it’s remembering how to keep track of homework. For one of my young students, it was learning that daily devotion would be a part of every school day. The first day, when … Continue reading »

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The Cause, The Cure

Last week during our September 12 devotion at school, Mr. Ohlmann held up a picture of the New York City skyline. In the photograph, the twin towers were still whole and standing strong. He asked the students, “Does anybody know what city this is?” My mind immediately began racing. Is he doing what I think … Continue reading »

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The “Only Haves”

We’ve officially begun another year of school here at Grace. I enjoyed my summer, with the kids home and the extra family time, but I realize how much I thrive on routine. It feels good to be back in the classroom, spending time with my three little students and looking for new ways to teach … Continue reading »

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What’s Your End Game?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how quickly life passes. Maybe it’s because my birthday is right around the corner, or maybe it’s because my son just got engaged. It could also be that we spent the last week vacationing in Michigan, not far from where I grew up. Hundreds of memories resurfaced, reminding … Continue reading »

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The Empowered Woman

In this short and sweet post, I have a few things to say about The Empowered Woman, and what that means to me. I promise it will be pain-free! First things first. The Empowered Woman is a new book from Chicken Soup for the Soul! It hits bookshelves on May 1st and they were kind … Continue reading »

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Pack Light!

w. It has been one crazy, busy, amazing, stressful, and unforgettable ride since August. Most of you know that’s when I started teaching preschool and kindergarten at our (new!) Christian Day School here in Sleepy Eye. I think I’ve learned as much as my students have, but unfortunately, I’m a slow learner and have had … Continue reading »

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Prayer Time

Prayer Time Growing up, my sisters and I made up a game called Cottie Too. It was a somewhat nonsensical game with two rules: It always began with the phrase “cottage cheese” and players promised to say the first thing that came to mind. That’s it. It probably doesn’t sound like much of a game, … Continue reading »

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First, a Thank You

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything for my blog. Life, you know. But today is a special day and I want to acknowledge it somehow. It’s our “golden” wedding anniversary. Nathanael and I have been married 22 years today, November 22nd. Thanksgiving has always been a special time for us, a time we … Continue reading »

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Keep Me Until

I got her call as I was driving through the twin cities in end-of-Labor-Day-weekend traffic. “Mom,” she said, “I think I have a concussion.” It hit me like a shot. I found myself scanning the road ahead for the best place to get off the west bound lane and head back east. I tried to … Continue reading »

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My Funeral

Better to go to the house of mourning Than to go to the house of feasting, For that is the end of all men; And the living will take it to heart. ~Ecclesiastes 7:2 Yesterday we had a funeral for one of our church members, a wonderful woman whose name was Grace. There was no question about whether or … Continue reading »

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