10 Tips for Writing When You Don’t Want To (a guest post by Emily Wierenga)

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  I’m so thankful and happy to welcome my friend Emily T. Wierenga to share today. We both write for The Better Mom website and our friendship over these past few years has been such an encouragement from God… From Emily– I pin the colored fabric as though savoring a mango, this slice of time [Read More...]

On My Corner of Bitter and Sweetness

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I finished the book last night and fell asleep longing for them to make it into a movie– Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Also swirling was– How much and how quickly each child in this house is growing. My bitter and sweet. On Thursday I met for breakfast-tea-turned-almost-dinner with two special friends. [Read More...]

Glimpses of Grace (Review & Giveaway)

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  As I write this… I can hear something metal clanking against the sides of the dryer. Our three year old is calling from the bathroom that she needs to be wiped and I’m wondering why she’s even out of bed. I can see two praying mantis babies climbing up the wall next to the [Read More...]

Who or What Will You Chase? (and a Q & A with Jennie Allen)

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“Everyday we wake up and we chase something or we chase an invisible God.” – Jennie Allen, Chase I’m always a little scared to started reading something by Jennie Allen. Because it’s almost impossible to walk away– Unchanged. God has a way of using her words to clear through the haze and to help me [Read More...]

Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart

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Yesterday we were in the bathroom and I was doing her hair. In puffs. For church.  She’s three. And we were in a hurry-late-hurry. And that’s always when big questions seem to surface. She asked: “Do you still love me even when I don’t obey?” (She’d just managed to spill a large glass of milk [Read More...]

The eMatrix and Why I Returned My iPhone…

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  I typed the title  in error. And I hit publish, before the post was done. But that’s what it is– the eMatrix. A maze that I’m still untangling. And my sister-in-law asked me to write this post… About iPhones-returned and trying to live out an example for these little ones with eyes always watching. [Read More...]

Favorite Devotional Books for Children

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  This is going to be short & sweet because I’m off to– JURY DUTY! First time in my life… And a big thank you to the six friends involved in watching kiddos, picking up, dropping off, homeschooling, nap-sitting, child feeding… Who are helping cover “normal life stuff” while I’m gone. On Monday I shared [Read More...]

He Used Them… (when I needed to breathe)

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It happened again this morning. Last night was a rough night and I had incredible intentions of getting up before the kiddos and continuing on with my plan for spending time in God’s Word. But between midnight and 6 am, a certain-three-year-old-someone woke up three times calling for me. Bone-weary. Eyes swollen and puffy. Starting [Read More...]

A Chuppdate Update #7, Thankfuls, Sharing at The Better Mom, and Christmas Treats for You

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Thanksgiving was thank-full. Just how I prayed it would be. We were with people we love and the time felt like an overflowing of God’s kindness. Yesterday I was sharing over at The Better Mom about my journey of “leaving Massah” to a heart of thankfulness. It would mean a lot to me  if you [Read More...]

Living Out-of-Control…

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You can usually tell what I think about a book by its appearance after I’ve read it. Turned-down-corners and underlining is the litmus test. I started last week’s mini-adoption-series before I’d checked my writing calendar and remembered that I’d agreed to review Karen Ehman’s new book– Let. It. Go. The irony is, that her whole [Read More...]

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