Building Community: Getting a little definition community friendships

When Jon and I were first married, I felt like the new kid in town. Although we lived just a few miles from my hometown, I had been away at college for a few years and had lost touch with most of my childhood friends. Our marriage was new, our home was new, our church was new (to me)–I was...

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Wisdom is… loving jesus

I have heard a lot of talk—some from my own lips—about wisdom in the past few weeks. I encourage my kids to make wise choices. I look for wisdom as a wife, a mom, a friend. I look at the world around me and see so much foolishness (ahem, upcoming presidential election). It...

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Living, learning, and praising in the desert loving jesus

living with pain

 

It has been four months since Grace came down with a virus that has turned into a nightmare of doctor appointments, tests, and non-answers, as she continues to battle pain and fatigue. Her head and stomach hurt constantly, she gets tired easily, school seems to exacerbate it all...

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Supposed to be: Stop fighting for control control hope loss supposed to be

When you were a child, did you dream about your future? Did you have a plan for your college, your career, your family? Did you picture how many children you would have, what their names would be, what your house would look like?

How has that worked out for you?

Try as we might, we cannot control...

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Adopted into the Family of God loving jesus

I met my parents when I was seventy-two hours old. That’s not how most parent-child relationships start, but this was no ordinary story. Instead of months of pregnancy, my parents experienced years of attempting to adopt. Instead of hours of labor, they spent hours in the car, racing to a...

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To allow(ance) or not to allow(ance), that is the question the everyday mom

allowance

I’ll never forget the day I decided my kids were ready to start getting an allowance. I heard bickering from the next room and moved in to listen better. It went something like this:

Matt (3): Gracie, why are you cutting the couch? Grace (5): Shhhhh, Matt. Stop. I’m not....

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Supposed to be: Intention matters down syndrome hope joseph perspective purpose special needs parenting supposed to be

This isn’t how it’s supposed to be. We’ve all uttered those words at some point, but for a while they basically became my mantra. This morning I read through some old posts and journal entries from the days (ahem, months) following Joey’s Down syndrome diagnosis,...

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LIVING in the moment – Posting at The Glorious Table hope living in the moment the everyday mom the glorious table

A few months ago, my family of five pale Ohioans spent an afternoon at Daytona Beach. The conditions were perfect: the sun shone without melting us, the water temperature was refreshing, and people milled about without overcrowding. We set up on the beach, sun-screened ourselves, and settled in...

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Created to be special needs parenting the special needs mom

Sometimes we find ourselves living a life full of plot twists we never imagined. We set out on a path in our youth, certain that we know where it is headed–when the Playwright of our lives has something entirely different in mind. A broken relationship, a traumatic accident, an...

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Changing your life one sentence at a time confidence kindness loving jesus tricia lott williford words you can do this

“The person you spend the most time with is you, so be careful and intentional about how you speak to yourself.”
Tricia Lott Williford, You Can Do This

 

For six years of my childhood, I competed in something called Bible Quizzing. Though this is not the time and place for a...

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