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  • Good Habits

    On Monday, August 24 th, 2009

    F eeding a joy habit with a thanks habit…shimmers of grace from a sun weekendthat I shake my head in crazy wonder over, turn face in lipped thanks,and feel the rush into the hollowed places, emptiness filling with the deep joy…eucharisteo… #1085 – #1097 of the endless gifts wet toes summer holler before the boy-dive foam of falls Wild Boys calli...

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  • Wrap them in Love {free printable: Verse Sandwich Wrapper}

    On Friday, September 02 nd, 2011

    (Wrap their sandwiches up in one of the verse wrappers — download all 8 below — and wrap them up in love — wherever they go!) 10 Point Manifesto for Joyful Parenting (any text in turquoise links to posts for more explanation & encouragement):: 1. Today, I will make our home a house of prayer. I will pray at set times. And I will invite our children...

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  • What Happy Homemakers Know

    On Friday, March 11 th, 2011

    A blue jay sits in the spruce boughs. The washing machine hums as it scales Mount Washmore. A half dozen boisterous kids play dominoes and cut paper and sew material and clack the long needles. I’m standing in the kitchen with the dishes stacked and the floors fallen and scattered and all the world on a decided, marvelous tilt. Dress-up clothes and balloons and mittens ...

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  • 10 Points of Joyful Parenting {Printable}

    On Saturday, January 08 th, 2011

    10 Point Manifesto for Joyful Parenting (any text in turquoise links to posts for more explanation & encouragement):: 1. Today, I will make our home a house of prayer. I will pray at set times. And I will invite our children to come move into an interior space that lives with God. 2. Today, I will transfigure all things into beauty, and I will refuse to see anythin...

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  • 10 Point Manifesto of Joyful Parenting (free printable)

    On Friday, November 12 th, 2010

    10 Point Manifesto for Joyful Parenting (any text in turquoise links to posts for more explanation & encouragement):: 1. Today, I will make our home a house of prayer. I will pray at set times. And I will invite our children to come move into an interior space that lives with God. 2.Today, I will transfigure all things into beauty, and I will refuse to see anything...

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  • A 10 Point Manifesto for Joyful Mothering: A Mother’s Day Gift

    On Friday, May 07 th, 2010

    what I am reading over every morning… a little Mother’s Day gift. A gift of Joy! A 10 Point Manifesto for Joyful Mothering 1. Today, I will make our home a house of prayer. I will pray at set times. And I will invite our children to come move into an interior space that lives with God. 2. Today, I will transfigure all things into beauty, and I will refuse to see...

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  • The Real Secret to Happy Homemaking

    On Friday, January 08 th, 2010

    TThe epiphany comes after Epiphany, in my first week of the year of yes. A blue jay sits in the spruce boughs. The washing machine hums as it scales Mount Washmore. A half dozen boisterous kids play dominoes and cut paper and sew material and clack the long needles. I’m standing in the kitchen with the dishes stacked and the floors fallen and scattered and all the world ...

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  • State of the House and Poets’ Dreams

    On Friday, June 26 th, 2009

    I think of it every Thursday, our cleaning day. We dust and pick up and scrub down and toss out and tidy up all our creativity still in process, the necessary trail of our 10,000 hours (the legos, the wood, the paper, the nails, the books, the paints, the material, the pots and pans) and I think of words from the novel, The Diary of a Country Priest: “A parish is bound t...

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