Category Archives: life

bread & wine

I was really excited when I found out several weeks ago on Shauna Niequist’s website that I could get an advance reader copy of her new book Bread & Wine. I had read her other books, Cold Tangerines and Bittersweet, … Continue reading

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this kid

This kid… …who I wanted to freeze just before he lost his first tooth, now has two missing teeth and is, I just realized, only a few months away from turning seven (yes, 7!) years old …who doesn’t like peanut … Continue reading

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The BEHR Paint Store

“Hello, this is BEHR paint, stain and finish company, how can I help you?” That was me, Natalie, answering the unusable toy phone that Cale and I use for our pretend “BEHR” paint, stain, and finish store. This is how … Continue reading

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With the change of seasons upon us once again, I am reminded of certain seasons of my life and of certain people and places whose paths have crossed with mine for only a season. The length of a season may have … Continue reading

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This morning, perfect timing, a reminder of how I want to live, both chasing and shining the Light. If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight were … Continue reading

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sadie’s 1st birthday

  Sadie had a birthday yesterday, July 12. (We actually got her in August, so that anniversary is coming up soon. Stay tuned for baby Sadie pics.)This was a highly anticipated day for the kids, Natalie especially. She had dictated long … Continue reading

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summer fun

Some snapshots from the summer so far…

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new baby

Almost a week ago, my brother and sister-in-law welcomed their first child into the world. The kids and I went to visit them over the weekend.         Could anything be more perfect than a new baby? It’s … Continue reading

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snow people

It took some nagging to get the kids outside, but some snowmen people were begging to be built. This morning I sent online letters to our 2 youngest Compassion kids (Gael in Bolivia & Sandrah in Uganda, who both share … Continue reading

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going on a “sweet” adventure

This morning the kids, dog, and I started out on our usual trek to the bus stop. More often than not, it’s an absolute circus between competing children, with the smaller unable to keep up (especially in boots and snowpants), … Continue reading

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