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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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Mother’s Day Gifts

Being a mom is hard work. I didn’t realize this at first. But when our first child was two weeks old and needed to go to the emergency room, it hit me hard: this job might be more than I bargained for. There is just so much to worry about. So much that can go … Continue reading »

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Loving His Gospel

Just about the time I was beginning to think spring might never come, there it was. Millions of the tiniest and palest green buds, unfolding in the trees. Branches are mostly bare still, but if you look closely you’ll find a haze of green as if God airbrushed the color in. Though it’s not much … Continue reading »

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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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