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Christina

Christmas Gift Guide #1 (For Teen Girls)

I know, I know. You have so many people to buy gifts for, so many websites offering to SHIP THIS TO YOUR DOOR RIGHT NOW, so little time to actually figure out gifts that will inspire, entertain, and delight your family. Here are gifts that middle school and high school girls will love…. (Come back tomorrow...
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5 Lessons from 20 Years as a Writer

So, all this has happened at once: this is my 1,000th blog entry, at the same time I’m working on my tenth book (Shine). Also, 20 years ago I began classes for my Masters degree in Creative Writing and also began writing professionally. The fact all these multiples of ten coincided felt significant–and the right...
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Dear Elisabeth… on your first day of Fifth Grade

Dear Elisabeth… Fifth Grade will be like none of your other school years. You, my dear Elisabeth, have changed. Your self-confidence has grown and you are shining.  This inner sparkle comes from your security that Jesus loves you. It also comes from your love to imagine and create. God’s love for you will never change;...
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Dear Catie (on your first day of High School)

Oh, my sweet Catie. Today feels the most significant of all your first days of school. All those other first days—in Pre-K, and elementary, and middle school—seem like they were all leading up to today. The first day of high school feels like the first day of the rest of your life. Grades “count” now....
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Dear Sam (on your first day of Fifth Grade)

Dear Sam…. Yesterday, when I was worrying about some detail about your school year, a friend said to me, “I think this will be Sam’s best year yet.” Just like that, I knew what she said could be true for you, Sam. So, what do you say we just claim this as a promise for this year? Let’s...
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Dear Nate… (on your first day of Third Grade)

Dear Nate, Today is your first day of Third Grade! Your older brother and sisters are so excited to tell everything you’ll need to know. They want to teach you everything—from how to earn a multiplication sundae to how to make your teacher like you to the secret of being popular. The truth is you...
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Eat This Paleo Breakfast Casserole Everyday!

Maybe, like me, you’re a Healthy Eating Frequent Visitor. It’s like when you visit the same hotel or city or country over and over. When you do, you become really familiar with the place. You love this ice cream shop and that place for shrimp po-boys and that other place for the deliciously strong coffee....
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The Summer of So Much!

This is the Summer of SO MUCH. Here’s our list of what we’re loving in July of 2018…. 1.This is the Summer of Stories. The kids and I have listened to so many good stories this summer, thanks to Overdrive, the library app for digital books. We’ve read A Night Divided, The Wonderland Hotelbooks, the...
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What Do You Want MORE?

We are summering SO HARD over here. My kids have forgotten they ever attended school. When they see pictures of their class Christmas party, they claim they weren’t even there. They have amnesia about how homework even works. We are now summer people. The kids are not taking long baths, they are jumping in the...
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Mama Bears, We Do Not Need Your Help

Mama Bear: a well-meaning mother who scolds teachers, shames coaches, and “helps” other parents by delivering never-ending advice about how to protect her kids. Dear Mama Bear….. You are 2018’s Helicopter Mom. I know. You desperately want to save the next generation from the evils of volunteer coaches, minimum-wage lifeguards, and teachers who yell. Please...
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