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  • How to Live when Life Just Hurts [#TheJesusProject3]

    On Thursday, January 30 th, 2014

    The logic took on skin. The Logos, the Logic, the Word, the Lord, moved right into the neighbourhood, moved right on into the house. What are the chances that He’d get right up under my skin? An old girl can hope? Pray? Both. Both would be good. They say a bunch of them have seen His glory. But I’m the girl you can count on to be out-of-fashion late, the one who for...

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  • Good News Saturday Links: Sharing Crazy Beauty

    On Saturday, July 20 th, 2013

    From Marte Marie Fosberg, one of my favorite instagramers to follow : sheer beauty The beauty of Difference : Beauty is Everywhere (because He is) {You must see the whole inspiring Positive Exposure website of the beauty of difference} When you feel unloveable…. Please… watch to the very end. I am RA Dickey (winner of the Cy Young Award) — and I am Secon...

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  • The One Song No Woman can Afford to Miss

    On Tuesday, April 23 rd, 2013

    I heard of a woman once, who when she was with child, she turned and this song swelled in her, her child’s own song, and she would hum it as she washed pots. Hum it as she did her hair up, hum that song like a beckoning. And when that woman swayed at the end of her ripening, just before the child came, she had hummed it low between each tightening, how she had hummed that...

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  • How to Make a Home

    On Thursday, April 11 th, 2013

    Sometimes in the middle of the night, her hip would graze his and his arm would find her waist and she would lay awake in the middle of their life. She didn’t know what would come next and how it all would unfold, but that new mercies always would. He made it simple. Raising, teaching, the children, wasn’t. And the meals she always had to kee...

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  • 2012: A Year in Photos {and 7 Links for 2013}

    On Saturday, December 29 th, 2012

    From calendar page to calendar page, the moments are our lives and the years are blinks. {just a few photos from the farm and 2012:} “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” Rev. 4:11 And 7 Great Links for a New Year: A new plan...

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  • How to Make Any Place Happy

    On Wednesday, October 24 th, 2012

    And after 11 years here, we paint the walls white, all the walls white, right over the shades of softest green, because in the beginning I wanted a cocoon and now I just want clean, the quiet of clean. Because if you’re saying the average nowadays family has two kids? And we have three times the average with these ridiculous six—  then you multiply the age of these...

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  • Why the Chicken Really Crossed the Road… And Other Important Things {Crazy Joy: 11}

    On Thursday, October 11 th, 2012

    On the day that the chickens just up and crossed the road without their motives being questioned at all, the whole crazy grace of everything just stretched, down the backroads and sideroads and gravel roads, and really, the joy is in the journey because the moments build the destination. Leaves fell soundless. A team of clydesdales hauled the pumpkin wagon. Sheep ...

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  • The Best Way to Handle Hunger Cravings {The Pumpkin Cannon Edition: Fridays on the Farm}

    On Friday, September 28 th, 2012

    The men brought the pumpkin cannon. And all the church ladies brought pie, 160 pies. We made peach. And my brother rolled out of bed in the 2 am dark to begin the pig roast under stars. By 4 in the afternoon, when the sky’s sculling billowy and hope-full, we were ready. And this community of gravel backroads and dairy barns and 4 wheel drive pickup trucks, t...

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  • The Truth about Really Having it All

    On Friday, September 21 st, 2012

    I t was after the waves. After the waves of contractions, after the waves of blow out diapers and wet nursing pads that leaked through the let downs and the damp spit blankets that piled high at the bedroom door. Long after the waves of colic at 3 am and the 4:30 am crying, both the swaddled and terrified toddler, and the sleepless nights in that faded worn flannel that bl...

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  • What Women Need to Say to Each Other… because it’s what every woman needs to hear

    On Friday, September 14 th, 2012

    IIt’s when you came up behind me and put your arms around me in the kitchen last night while I was making food for your Dad. The way you laid your head on my shoulder and you held me, mama in the daughter arms after all these thirteen years. I reached up and laid my hand on your cheek, and it only takes a moment and mother and a daughter aren’t far apart anymore. Yo...

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  • The Importance of Putting the Camera Down… Just Now & Then

    On Tuesday, September 11 th, 2012

    Summer holds on a bit and really, who can mind the clinging? When we pack up the kids and head to the woods, we drive tent pegs into the earth, and we walk in bare feet and it is right like this. There’s tabernacle light caught in trees, in eyes. My brother brings a vase of his roses and puts them on the picnic table, an offering. I sling a camera around m...

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  • How to Pick a Better Future

    On Monday, August 06 th, 2012

      A ugust meets the morning dressed in light and perfumed in fresh cut hay and wreaths of daisies, all the petals absolutely positive that He loves.   So she lined the sill with vases and filled them with the certainty and a better future always begins  in a series of thankful nows. {It’s a holiday here in Canada today, the Civic Holiday, so we’re qu...

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