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  • 15 Keys to Parenting: What No One Tells You

    On Tuesday, April 01 st, 2014

    So when you curled up on my bed last night and we watched The Power of Ten — nothing could have prepared me for the exponential power of the broken bits of us. Of you four boys and two girls. And your dad and I letting go and becoming one and multiplying love at the kitchen sink with the burnt pots stacked high and you kids scrapping and scraping hard and we all bled a bit ev...

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  • How the Hidden Dangers of Comparison are Killing Us … {and Our Daughters} : The Measuring Stick Principle

    On Wednesday, November 06 th, 2013

    When our Hope-girl came in and sat at the foot of our bed, I knew she was looking for a way to stand. “So what am I supposed to do now?” I gathered her long hair in my hands, gathered her mane all in one long strand and twisted it slow, around and around, as if I could make a rope for a girl to hold on to. “Hon, there will always be people who see the world in measuring s...

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  • A Prayer for a Daughter

    On Tuesday, September 24 th, 2013

        Over here today…    and I really need to connect with you over there & what’s going on in your heart      

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  • The Real Truth About Really Having it All

    On Thursday, September 19 th, 2013

    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 ...

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  • For All the World’s Children: Why We Need First-Responders, the Purple-Hearted, and the Brave

    On Wednesday, September 11 th, 2013

    You talk with a police offer on your last Sunday. Your last Sunday still living at home —  after the Preacher had said his Amen 10 minutes before noon, you walk up to one of the guys milling around with these smooth stones of small talk out in the chapel foyer – and you up and ask the cop how to shine a pair of shoes. There are people who find small talk soul shrin...

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  • Why You Never Stop Being Needed

    On Friday, September 06 th, 2013

    The plan was supposed to be that we would take him west. That he’d turn 18 and go west. That we’d pack up his room, his dog-earred G.A. Henty books, that thinning and scratchy red wool blanket of my grandmother that’s laid at the foot of his bed, the oiled painting that he was given from those mothers up in the mountains of Haiti, and his fading jeans and plaid shirt. And...

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  • Why Your Kids don’t Need a SuperMama

    On Tuesday, July 16 th, 2013

    When one of the boys pulls off his Sunday shoes, the filthy ones ridiculously still clinging to “Sunday Shoes” status, he catches my eye and grins like he’s swallowed a canary. “So I only wore one sock to church.” What are you going to do but laugh with the grinning kid? Yeah, I am that Mom… Yeah, after 18 years, there it is: I have be...

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  • When strong mamas feel quite weak

    On Tuesday, May 28 th, 2013

    I’ve sat with this Mama and laughed till my side hurt. And I’ve squeezed her hand tight and prayed for all we are worth. We’ve stayed up too late talking and we’ve bent over Scripture and asked to be poured right out. Lysa TerKeurst, mama to 5, is a Jesus-sister who is real and honest and stunningly gifted of God — and when she speaks from the grit...

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  • Why Mother’s Day is for the Birds

    On Friday, May 10 th, 2013

    Because I ain’t no Hallmark mother – and none of us are, if we’re really truth-telling here. If we’re honest– and what else is there really — there were burnt dinners and yelling mornings and neck strained words over lost shoes and scattered Legos and unfinished homework and there were crumpled tears behind bathroom doors. Not to mention t...

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  • So God Made a Mother:
    When the Giving Tree is Really The Giving Mother *Updated

    On Monday, May 06 th, 2013

    So, sure, there was this talk of The Giving Tree – but there wasn’t one of us who didn’t know all along it was you, The Giving Mother. You who leaned over a stove and stirred and let spices fall like leaves and you ladled and we slurped and it would be remembered when we were old, the meatballs that you shaped and the noodles on Sunday nights with the Mag...

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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 Get through Life’s Hard Parts (Video)

    On Friday, April 05 th, 2013

    When the notes keep coming out all wrong, Hope looks up from the piano. “Is that what she said? Didn’t she say play only the left?” Yeah, that’s what she’d said, I had heard her — that willowy piano adjudicator who’d tucked a loose strand of mouse brown hair behind her one bending ear and she had said that it goes like that, that y...

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