Reminders in the Sky

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To date there is no other place I experience God so right-here-present-and-close-I-could-taste-Him near as when I sit among the expanse of green meadow behind David Arm’s Gallery in historic Leiper’s Fork. The ways the trees sway, conducting classical music coming from inside. The adirondack chairs, the open fields, the yellow leaf bursts against a sapphire sky. Up, up, up a …

Sunday Confession: Take THAT Salmonella

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There once was a girl who loved baking chocolate chip cookies. Any chance she got. Her mother cautioned her not to eat the dough for fear salmonella would sicken her dessert-obsessed spirit. While the girl spooned scoops onto the baking sheet, she simultaneously (and secretly) scooped raw dough into a Tupperware, promptly walked upstairs and put the bowl under her …

Sunday Confession: Reclaiming myself in the Kitchen

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Yesterday my friend Crystal invited me to (in)courage’s event, (in) real life Friended,¬†surrounding friendship. I was struck by the words from one of the speakers- was it Kristen Strong or Jen Schmidt? My memory escapes, but what I remember was this: “People are inspired by our strengths, but they connect to our failures.” Boom. Isn’t that the truth? But here’s …

Crying in the Walmart Parking Lot

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I cried in the Walmart parking lot. I cried because there are moments I still feel so damn new in this place. I cried because I’d been on the phone for hours trying to find a local doctor for our family and the earliest appointment is April. April, people. I cried because I’m PMSing and desperately need In N Out …

The Power of Gentle Words

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He’s a whirlwind of creativity. I can tell when he gets that squinty, far-off look in his eyes that an idea is simmering and he must.act.NOW! Out comes the paper… run run run… rummage, rummage for watercolors…run run run… “Mom, where are the brushy things?” It’s like watching a tornado in fast-forward. He literally sweeps up everything in his path, …

Responding yes as a Guest

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When Ty turned four he wanted to celebrate his birthday with a dance party and homemade chocolate chip cookies on the front lawn. Turned out to be the simplest, sweetest celebration. As we know, the size of a party is affected by the response to four little letters at the end of an invitation: RSVP. Have you ever thought about …

Dear Dad: Dreams

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Dad, I miss you. May have something to do with the boys starting 1st and 3rd grade – getting so big they reach my shoulder – that makes me wish you were coming over to see them after school and ask about their day. I don’t know what time would look like with them now because it’s been so long …

LEARNING & LOVING

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Last year I posted LEARNING & LOVING and thought it would be fun to turn this into a monthly letter. One where we share back and forth. Celebratory chain-mail, if you will. But not the weird kind, like if you sign up then suddenly you get gremlin stickers in droves. In no particular order, here’s what I’m LEARNING & LOVING …