Books, Faith, Giveaways, Grace, Love

1000 Gifts ~ {a Giveaway}

**** CONGRATULATIONS “LetBe” **** An email has been sent requesting your mailing address 😉   Perhaps you have heard of her, Ann without the ‘e’. She wrote a soul shaking and inspiring book entitled, 1000 Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where you Are. I have been reading Ann Voskamp’s profound and poetic words…

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writing

The deal with this is, write for 5 minutes, no editing, not finessing, just write and post, So, here goes: Blessings at midnight…Unable to sleep, mind racing, I count my children 1,..2..3..4.. among my greatest gifts. Of course my late-night hard working husband too. The hum of the heat pump, the snoring of the dog,…

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Children, Faith, Family, Growth, Love

Beautiful Noise

My crashing efforts at motherhood sound more like the wild banging of a raggle-taggle band of children, beating crazy and hard on tin cans with wooden spoons, it sounds like recorders mashing their plastic notes together in a mess of jumbled tunes and mixed rhythms. I thought it would be different. I thought it would…

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Faith, Grace, Growth, Love

Exile

I was only 18 when God first ushered me out into the wilderness. I was eighteen and full of hope, joy, excitement- anticipation of life outside of the nest. I had not looked at many schools. I had selected just this one, one that I felt with all of my young heart, that God was…

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Children, Faith, Grace, Prayer

Wasting Time

My 5 year oldsays, “Praying is a waste of time”. On the one hand, he is 5, so it is not unreasonable to assume that he doesn’t fully know what he’s saying. But when he says things like this, and it has happened more than once, I churn anxious. When he says this, in my…

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Children, Faith, Family, Grace

Stumbling Through Grace

The glass bowl and macaroni fly from mischievous hands.  The shattering sound startles the others, and me, as they look on in shock and I in contempt. This baby, my fourth, has broken more glass than any of the other three before her. She’s got an arm, that is for certain Macaroni and cheese lay…

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Children, Faith, Family, Love

Transitions

This morning when I woke up it struck me hard and unexpectedly. I don’t have any more babies. I won’t have any more babies. The shower water washed over me, and thoughts, swirling, mixed up moments, snippets of the past 7 years all fought for my attention. True, It has only been 3 months since…

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Faith, Love

My cage is small. I am squeezed in tight, knees to my chest, elbows tucked in. Yesterday, I couldn’t breath in here. Today, breathing comes a little easier. I can feel the sides of it, the top of it slowly letting out; Letting Him in- I suck hard for a long breath, my lungs fill…

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