Giving Thanks, Grace

Let Joy Go Viral

The past three weeks have been an overwhelming swirl of stomach visus’s, clean-up, fevers and a laundry pile that threatens to bury me alive. My poor babies all fought the hard fight and struggled to regain health, though thankfully, after many prayers from you, from us, healing is coming. Our routine is all askew, we’ve…

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Giving Thanks, Grace

Things screeched to a slow crawl this weekend, as one of my little ones fell ill. Nothing serious, just the typical winter-time virus, but it caused us all to linger longer in pajamas, and watch more Movies than usual, to read more books, to rediscover old toys, to build train sets, to just move slower.…

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Children, Compassion, Faith

I spun that globe two dark days before Christmas, scratching out his name and marking his place. How can I mark the place in my heart as well, the corner that he holds captive, the fragments of this cracked organ, that holds little faces for which I have no names yet? And this year,  a…

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Giving Thanks

It’s been a blessed few days of slowing down here. I hadn’t realized how desperately we needed this break until it came and now, as we face a new year, a new week starting, I feel the peace of refreshment. Restoration. Advent was not easy. The long walk to the manger was fraught with dissapointments…

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Faith, Friendship, Giving Thanks, Growth, Love, Praise

The day I wrote that it was hard to worship amid the chaos, she brought me this. She came over with her four to make gingerbread houses and play and in her hands, this small box, with treasure inside- encouragement stamped into the metal.  This blessed reminder swings and taps against my neck as I…

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Advent, Children, Christmas, Giving Thanks

Four Christmas’s ago, in the middle of the gift exchange, they stopped opening gifts because they were tired. Overwhelmed. And there was no where left to sit. We waded through the mountains of shiny paper and sparkling ribbons, trying to make sure we weren’t throwing anything away. And I frowned watching them run out of…

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Giving Thanks, Growth, Obedience, Thanksgiving

All the things I pursue  Well, they stay for a season,  Then everything moves, Everything moves, oh My towers fall, But you aren’t leaving me ~Christa Wells, Everything Moves Sometimes I wonder if there isn’t a recipe I can follow to create this life of thanksgiving. I search cupboards and pantries for what it takes…

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Children, Giving Thanks

Across the park I see the golden dance of freshly fallen leaves They twirl and flit up and down on the unseen breeze, in a celebration of fall, no longer bound to the branch by stem- And we dance a similar dance, in this biting winter wind, and low glowing sun Our noses burn in…

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Children, Family, Thanksgiving

I Prayed for a baby and got one. Practically as soon as I prayed it, he began to grow. I turned all ugly shades of green and swelled and struggled for nine very long months, countless meals churned and didn’t stay put. Eventually I labored but still, this one was a struggle. Plans changed and…

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