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  • As Summer Begins: The Truth No One Tells You About ‘Having it All’

    On Monday, May 26 th, 2014

    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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  • When it Feels like Everyone is Bigger, Better, Smarter
    [or 'How to be a Star']

    On Monday, May 12 th, 2014

    When the fog meandered in lost on a spring evening in May, she hung her apron up in the back mudroom. She wandered down the back lane too. Down in the woods, she could hear them, the frogs singing, an invisible symphony. She knotted the one side of her skirt up to step over a pothole. She tried to make her way. In a world of reaching, how do you rest? In a culture of numbers h...

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  • To all The Giving Mothers: So God Made A Mother

    On Friday, May 09 th, 2014

    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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  • Why Mother’s Day Is Really Just For the Birds

    On Thursday, May 08 th, 2014

    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 ...

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  • Why Your Soul Needs You to Make Time to be Creative:
    7 Keys to Being More Creative

    On Thursday, May 01 st, 2014

    Malakai and his paints sprawl across the table like a bit of the sky run all down. These thousand colors in rain. That’s the way Malakai paints, dabbing in the underbelly of the darks, lining the greys with white light. He pulls this rainbow of colors back tight and he shoots for stars, right there on canvas. Even his hands boldly wear it, shades of the sky. I don’t...

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  • When You Need Mother’s Day Gift that’s Honest, Powerful & Healing [Free Printable]

    On Monday, April 28 th, 2014

    She keeps it by her Bible. Clay shaped by hands, a pottery jar, there on the kitchen table, always there by her Bible, both open for the taking. I don’t ask her about it. At the end of a phone call, late spring, leaves unfurling, Mama brings it up. “Ann… the jar.” I pause at the sink, pause in the scouring, the scrubbing it all awa...

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  • Unlock Your Marriage? The Daily Vow of a 10 Second Kiss for Wedded Bliss
    [The Conscious Coupling Series]

    On Wednesday, April 23 rd, 2014

    So when you come to me and tell me that one of the kid locked the keys in your truck — again — I see how your shoulders sag. How life wears at a man, weighs at a man. We do that, you and I. We let the bulk of the details of a life press us down, drag us down. The vet came last week Thursday. You had a production report to finish. Unopened bills stack on the desk by the phon...

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  • When You’re Tired of Being Torn: Why He Came [ Holy Week: Good Friday ]

    On Friday, April 18 th, 2014

    Our Pastor calls to ask if I’d do one of a few dramatic monologues for Good Friday service— a moment through the eyes of the mother of Jesus? So I write down words… and imagine the mother of our Lord… fingering the bloody tunic of her Son. Son…. Son of God… Son of mine… God. Why? From the beginning I have watched and I have listened and...

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  • When You’re Feeling Spiritually Dry during Holy Week
    [Holy Week: Day 3]

    On Wednesday, April 16 th, 2014

     [Scroll down for the three posts shared here today?] Dad always did that after the meat and potatoes, after the plates were cleared and stacked. He’d ask for a toothpick. Him in his plaid flannel shirt and Levi’s, looking for a bit of a tree to right everything again. That’s what he’d do before he left the table: He’d snap the wood between his fi...

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  • When You’re Struggling & Holy Week is Just Hard (Holy Week: Day 2)

    On Tuesday, April 15 th, 2014

    There’s snow in the middle of Holy Week. A dusting, a sugar snow, an Easter snow. As if the whole smashed world is intent on freezing. Doing whatever it takes, over and over again, to stay numbed to the burn of the pain. Because somebody’s beloved kid had a womb scraped out to get rid of a kid. As if a family tree can be conveniently cut up. A 14-year-old boy shoots hi...

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  • If You Want to Start Your Holy Week off Well {A Holy Week: Day 1}

    On Monday, April 14 th, 2014

    My Grandma, she told me if you found a man who’d weep over a story — that was a man you could marry. The morning of Palm Sunday, the porridge boils over and burns on the stove. Hope tries on three dresses, slumps into the kitchen and declares she has nothing to wear. Shalom can’t find her pink hair bow — only a blue one that’s missing the barrette....

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  • How the Cross Intersects with Every Day Life: a preparing for Good Friday

    On Friday, April 11 th, 2014

    Once, before we have a table with drawers for Bibles, we had this Bible Box. Where we put all the Bibles, right by the sticky farm table, so we could eat Real Food after each meal. There was one other book we kept in the Bible Box. That we read after dessert. Like dessert. That book got dog-eared and ragged. It became velveteen. And we became real. That book was Radical. ...

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