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That Time My Kids Almost Slept Through the National Christmas Tree Lighting

We hit D.C. last week. Yes, again. Sometimes blessings fall at your feet and I’m trying to be good about picking them up. My mom arranged for us to receive tickets the lighting of the National Christmas Tree. The program is nationally broadcast (Hallmark channel this year) and features popular performers as well as a… Continue reading That Time My Kids Almost Slept Through the National Christmas Tree Lighting

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Yes, We Are Homeschooling This Year

I’ve been skirting around the proclamation for over a month. Dancing around the possibility for a few years. Making peace with the decision since we decided to jump the county line. Yes, we are homeschooling this year. Never thought I’d really say those words. Much less about having all three of my girls home a… Continue reading Yes, We Are Homeschooling This Year

faith · family · Home · marriage · writing

What Happens When You Move 10 Miles Down the Road and Everything Changes

I know things have been quiet around here since I revealed what happens when the three year house becomes the ten year house becomes the sold house. There’s still a lot to say about that and God’s timing and sense of humor and my incredible lack of patience and grace, but y’all… I’m really tired.… Continue reading What Happens When You Move 10 Miles Down the Road and Everything Changes

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When Your 3 Year House Becomes Your 10 Year House Becomes Your Sold House

I tucked myself into the corner of the sectional couch we finally broke down and bought last year so we would have furniture that fit this tiny living room. Early in the morning the sunlight shafts through a kitchen window I’m not great at scrubbing clean and lights up a worn table with perpetually sticky… Continue reading When Your 3 Year House Becomes Your 10 Year House Becomes Your Sold House

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What We Learned in DC

We celebrated my girls end of school this year in a really big way. We skipped it. Listen, when daddy has a conference in DC and the hotel is paid for, you seize opportunity and take flight. Literally. We took the big girls on a plane for the first time. They loved it. But then… Continue reading What We Learned in DC

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Raising Grateful Kids (review and promise)

On a rainy December Monday just before Christmas, I spent my “work hours” in the waiting room of a Honda dealership getting our infamous 2004 Odyssey fixed of all the recalls that had filled up our mailbox. And I told them to figure out what was wrong with our doors, change the oil, and give… Continue reading Raising Grateful Kids (review and promise)