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Inspiration

For the Facebook Friends of Matt Stefan….

For the Friends and Family of Matt Stefan….. I haven’t met lots of you, but I’ve read your Facebook posts these past few days. Thank you for sharing your love for Matt, your raw shock over his death, and where you’re finding your hope. I’m shocked too. I can hardly believe Matt is gone. We...
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The World Needs Their Buckets Filled

At the college I went to, Concordia-Nebraska, every student had to take a class called Human Relations. The course was all about learning how to care for other people. The professor was Herman, a quintessential wise older man, who had written the literal textbook about how to encourage others in your life. Herman taught us...
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Just a Grain of Sand….

Easter Sunday was yesterday. This year, Easter was a huge relief. Yes because we got to celebrate Jesus rising from the dead. But not only that. This year Easter also marked the end of a really hard Lent. Lent wasn’t hard in the penitential, sacrificial sense. Lent was hard because the last six weeks have...
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Introducing the Cast of Frozen!

Our Frozen acting troupe is available  for all your birthday parties, all your plays, all your Ren Fests, all your street performances, and all your family gatherings. Actually, family gatherings are their absolute specialty. This group of ENTHUSIASTIC SINGERS is fantastic at crooning out every word of the Disney songs at the top of their...
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Gather, Then Scatter

Can I get an AMEN on how hard it is to get the family to church on Sunday morning? For real, y’all. It’s no picnic on school mornings either, but the difference there is that the grown-ups aren’t sticking around at school. As soon as the kids are settled, we’re free to get breakfast or...
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Chicken

During Spring Break, the kids and I spent the day at a friend’s house. And by house I mean farm with horses, zebras, peacocks, longhorns, and chickens. Like the roles farm-visitors have played for centuries, our family fit the city kids stereotype perfectly. Our hosts (the farm kids) were patient when my kids complained their...
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The Face Mask Years

In my 20s and 30s face masks were a skin boon. Look how my skin can glow! This tourmaline mask promises to make my skin dewey–and it does! Will you look at the difference just a bit of effort makes? I need the face masks now. No big payoff, but I do look 39 when...
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Wrinkles & Lessons

At twenty-two, I was a fresh-faced college graduate, thrilled to be headed to Houston for my first teaching job.  I had seen Dangerous Minds and Dead Poet’s Society, so I  knew teaching would be hard. Thanks to these movies, I fully expected to introduce my inner-city/poor rich kids to the importance of literature. Shortly after that,...
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Riding a Bike With Heart

This weekend Elisabeth finally learned to ride a bike. She mastered this skill a full two years after Sam–not that anyone around here is keeping track. (This is a joke. Twins are always keeping track. Elisabeth didn’t notice Sam zooming around on two wheels like Sam doesn’t notice Elisabeth is a full inch taller than she...
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Bedtime: The Very Worst Part of Every Day

Am I the only mom who dreads the bedtime routine? Who is WORN OUT from the bedtime routine? This is the time of day when I “forget” to read stories, when sleepy kids cry during prayers, and everyone moves in SLOWWWWMOTIONNNN. Why? Because we are all tired. The day’s wardrobe malfunctions, spilled yogurt drinks,  fights...
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