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  • Letters to the Wounded {#2}

    On Monday, March 04 th, 2013

    Dear Thriver, You didn’t just survive, so let’s toss that myth right at the outset. I’ve seen you living chin brave through the hurt and how you keep taking one step out of bed and one through the door and how you scale mountains by relentlessly taking steps forward. The way you keep walking? You’re no victim. You’re a Thriver. You may bleed but yo...

  • How Women Can Get Radical For Their Sisters

    On Tuesday, February 26 th, 2013

    When you pick up the garbage in the streets of Minoterie, there’s the sun burning up the back of your bare white neck. And crumpled tin cans and sucked-dry water bags and an AIM toothpaste box and empty rum bottles. And barefoot boys kicking a ball, and boys begging you for just one swallow water, and boys lacing their fingers around your sweaty hand. You can bend down li...

  • God Made a Mother and You — So Farmer On!

    On Monday, February 04 th, 2013

    I sat beside a girl in Mr. Seuter’s grade nine math class who said she was getting out of here. She was getting out of this no name little farming town and she was getting out of this hick place with its hick boys and she was getting free of everything her daddy ever was. I knew her daddy. He was known for planting rows of corn as straight as a fence line and working h...

  • How to Breathe Through the Hard Times

    On Tuesday, January 22 nd, 2013

    They were born the same week. Both of them, days apart, two miracle years ago this week. My scribbly little book and her loveliest little person. And my sister had said to me, said into the phone, during early labor — “Tell me I can do this.” And I wait for her to breathe heavy through the mother wave cresting up around the child swelling and I say, “...

  • 5 Things You Need to Know Before You Begin Your 2nd Term of Life

    On Monday, January 21 st, 2013

    It felt like the second term to her. Her 39 and him about 40, and the first half over, now the beginning of the second. Or of the end — depending how you looked at it. You don’t get to make up most of your story. That’s what she thought at the stove over eggs, over all the cracked and broken things. You don’t get to make him love you like you want t...

  • How to Keep in Time with God

    On Monday, January 14 th, 2013

    There wasn’t a morning that she didn’t flick off her bedroom light and find it right there on the edge of the table outside their bedroom door. One round vitamin C that he’d leave out for her, before he went to the barn and his udder-dripping sows. Like he thought she could just take it and keep the day from being infected with grief. Like there was a way to i...

  • Pt. 1: How to Begin New Habits {Free Daily Planner}

    On Wednesday, January 02 nd, 2013

    When we read this book , there’s this character that just goes ahead and puts on her “habit.” Shalom pats my shoulder and asks, “What’s a habit?” The amaryllis on the sill, it’s swelling in hope. And I tell Shalom this: a habit is something that is worn. She flickers recognition, nods, turns back to the page. She waits for me to read th...

  • When You Don’t Want A New Year but A New You. . . {Camera Giveaway} *UPDATED with winner

    On Tuesday, January 01 st, 2013

    How Maggie Pluim knew to ask that question, I’ll never know. Grace has it’s unending ways. True, I had told her straight up that I had no intention of showing up for the church’s annual New Year’s Eve party with Marian Brubacher’s caramel popcorn and Viola Gingerich’s raspberry punch and Mr. Vaness’ countless rounds of Dutch Blitz. R...

  • 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...

  • The Truth about Sandy Hook: Where is God when Bad Things Happen?

    On Monday, December 17 th, 2012

    When the guy with the glasses and guitar stands at the front of the chapel, in the middle of Nowhere Country, and tells us all to stand, I’ve got no idea if I can. I don’t know if legs can hold a heart this heavy. I don’t know if anyone can stand straight in a fallen world and why don’t we all just fall on our skinned and bloodied knees? When grief is deepest, words ar...

  • What Your Christmas Needs to Really be Merry

    On Monday, December 10 th, 2012

    The Practice of the Pause And on a whirling world, in the middle of the blur, you just hold a pause — at the end of one smeared moment — and before the next, holding the moments right to their very end with the full length of all your attention, these lingering, weighted pauses, heavy with the full weight of His glory, pauses wedging   h o l y      w ...

  • The Grateful Christmas Project: 7 Ways to have more Grateful Kids this Christmas

    On Monday, December 03 rd, 2012

    I‘m thinking it’s almost a dozen years now, nothing under the Christmas tree here. Strange, the way children teach men. The whole crazy, unexpected thing, it started at bedtime one year, I do remember that. Smoothing back hair, kissing foreheads. I had gifts to wrap. So, I pulled up the blankets. Prayers. And then, when I’m at the door, one hand on the doorfr...

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