Family

October 23 2014

God is in the Text

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Parents know this: children save their biggest questions for the most inconvenient times. More often than not, the eventual result is more than grace to weary parents. My phone chimed. The text read: In the Old Testament, …

Family

October 21 2014

Fresh, Not Frozen

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When the dark days came the first time, I stopped cooking. I was nearly 30, I had four very young children, and a husband who was battling demons that nearly took him out of the picture …

When Toddlers and Spiritual Practices Meet

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For every act of spiritual renewal I’ve attempted, it feels like there’s an equal and opposite reaction from my children. That’s not a solid law. It may not even be true. It just feels like that when …

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October 14 2014

Take Up a Different Story

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The bell calls in the town Where forebears cleared the shaded land And brought high daylight down To shine on field and trodden road. I hear, but understand Contrarily, and walk into the woods. I leave labor and load, Take up a …

Saving My Daughter From the Single Story

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In my purse right now is a letter from my seven year old daughter to Ellen.  Her letter is written on unlined computer paper in four different marker colors with sentences all topsy-turvy crooked. The …

Letting Children Play at a Funeral (or, Saying Yes More Often)

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i walk the fairgrounds in the early morning clouds that spit rain and i wonder when will these years slow down? each year is the spin of a merry-go-round pushed by friends whose ears are deaf to our cries slow down please stop let …

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