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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
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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
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  • When You Feel like You Don’t Belong?

    On Wednesday, June 13 th, 2012
    Someone has to be that Mother. That mother who drives a full 3 hours to the border with a packed mini-van and anxious kids and creeps through a 20 minute traffic backup under the hot, beating sun, only to rifle through her wallet and look up feebly to tell the custom’s officer she doesn’t have
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  • When You Feel like Your Life’s a Mess …. The Real Truth About Your Dirt

    On Thursday, May 17 th, 2012
    When he walks through the kitchen with his hair showered clean but his face looking like that, I just have to laugh. “What?” he says. “Really, I showered, Mom, I did.” Levi stands indignant, hands on hip, and I nod half serious. “You showered?” “Yes, Mom! It’s only my clothes that are dirty.” He’s been picking
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  • Why We Honor You This Mother’s Day: Because You Really Mother Thousands

    On Friday, May 11 th, 2012
      Because there’s something about the sound of opening up a bag of seeds in spring. Something about holding a promise right there in the palm of your hand. And the Farmer’s whole tilled field, she’s laid right open, expectant and waiting. The Farmer’s got his Wranglers on and he’s got his hands into those
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  • How to be glad: Friday on the Farm

    On Friday, April 13 th, 2012
      “David said it all: I saw God before me for all time. Nothing can shake me; He’s right by my side. I’m glad from the inside out, ecstatic; … with Your face shining sun-joy all around.“   ~ Acts 2:28 MSG   See Him before you all the time — and have the happiest
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  • What You Really Need to Know the Day After Easter

    On Monday, April 09 th, 2012
    The shoes they wore Easter Sunday morning, us all sitting there in the very front row of Gorrie Bible Fellowship, they looked like they’d crossed 47 rolling dirt fields with a herd of tramping camels. And then had an all-out dust bath with a flock of sparrows. So much for new Easter threads and crisp
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  • so… where you from, friend?

    On Friday, March 09 th, 2012
    Iam from dirt fields and Case International tractors and waving fields of wheat hanging heavy in the heat of August afternoons. I am from an old red brick house under a stretching apple tree with limbs like a ladder for barefeet, and Cowboys and Indians and hiding out behind the barn when company comes up
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  • A Man, A Dog & How to Form Up a Life

    On Tuesday, February 28 th, 2012
    She watched him from the side of the road, there at the woods, watched as he called to his dog. How the snow was deep, how the ditch was deep. How the dog dug. She watched how the Farmer came. Waded down by the fenceline, snow up to the waist, bent and filled his arms
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  • Sermon on the Mount …on the farm {a video} {link-up}

    On Friday, February 03 rd, 2012
    {Consider pausing the music by clicking the slider directly under the header? And if reading in a reader or via email – click here to go for a walk in the woods on the farm… } Martyn Lloyd-Jones on “Why Memorize the Sermon on the Mount?” “He came — I say  – and lived and
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  • A Year in Pictures

    On Friday, December 30 th, 2011
    All the moments were hallowed whispers of something other — this crazy grace. How did I not realize that? “I don’t really want more time; I just want enough time. Time to breathe deep & time to see real & time to laugh long, time to give You glory & rest deep & sing joy…
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  • when you’re figuring out how to really love

    On Wednesday, July 27 th, 2011
    When the Farmer comes in after 11 from the field, he carries it in on his grimy shirt, a few pounds of dirt, and I wonder if he feels it, the weight of the gritty world on his shoulders. He finds me in a straight back chair at the window in lamp light. There are
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