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  • A Grace Plan: A Doable Life-Change Plan for a New Year, A New You: With Printable

    On Tuesday, December 31 st, 2013

    So I’m a mess and we’re all failures — at least all the honest are. And the truth is, no one ever runs before they take baby steps.  So I scratch down these 25 points, like my own sanity manifesto, and there are a thousand ways in a thousand seasons to make a life glorify God. I scrawl out mine, which would be different than yours, and make a place for it on...

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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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  • Best Way to Get Through Hard Times

    On Friday, January 18 th, 2013

    It’s what I sang over dishes. Sang on the days when I felt too weary to take another step, clean up another mess, change another diaper. Keep singing when I need to keep going on. It’s what I sing when the enemy attacks with lies, when I feel alone and scared, when I fear the future and whispers in the shadows. It’s what my mother-in-law, a Dutch farmer&...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • How to Pray {Friday on the Farm}

    On Friday, June 22 nd, 2012

    She prayed and she worked and the prayers were the work that would outlast fire. And that is what she thought, there at the window with the cloth in her hand. Pray with eyes on Christ and not on the crisis. Because when you pray with eyes on Christ and not on the crisis — your prayers are always answered: He edifies, He embraces, He is enough.  What would it...

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  • When You need Rest …. {Fridays on the Farm}

    On Friday, June 08 th, 2012

    When it grows loud in the corners of everything and the walls of the soul quake just a bit, I go and sit in the soil where the corn grows by His certain goodness and right out of the earth. Where the children run in their bare feet and bend to know leaves. I come into the stillness of the praising things and feel the sun on the nape and I come to breathe deep again, t...

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  • When the World gets Loud & Divisive

    On Tuesday, May 22 nd, 2012

    Standing out there in the garden, all the spinach leaves offered up like bunches of bouquets there at her feet, she listened for the quiet. The corn grew in straight rows. The apple blossoms made promises. The irises unfolded bold hope. Roots would wait for rain. Seeds would be faithful to soil. The weary would wait on God. The waiting would be unwaveringly faithful to the...

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