The Master’s Plan

The Master’s Plan

I have very few regrets in my life.  Very, very few.  I believe that mistakes and missed opportunities in our pasts help shape and guide us into our futures.  Regrets are just part of the plan.  But my one regret for the past ten years has been my Masters degree. My big plan in life was to go to law school.  Chris and I had planned that when we graduated from undergrad and were married, we would move to wherever I was accepted to law school.  And then, about four…

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My Keys to Happiness

My Keys to Happiness

Last week at the gym, I tried listening to a podcast instead of music while I was running.  I didn’t like it.  I need the beat of the music.  But, the podcast I listened to was really interesting.  It was a TedTalk on the study of happiness.  This guy had done research and found that people were happier when they were focused on the task at hand, even if it wasn’t a task they were particularly fond of.  When minds wander, we become less happy, according to the study. Considering…

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Theology and Other Deep Thoughts With Gracie

Theology and Other Deep Thoughts With Gracie

Gracie came home from VBS and told me this story: “Mom, Jesus was on the planet Africa (“It’s a continent, honey.”) and he had 100 sheep, but he lost one so he went out and found him on the planet Africa (“Still a continent.”). Jesus really loves sheep!” ********* “So, the earth flooded and Noah put all the animals in the ark to save them,” I said to Gracie. “Wow,” she said. “Did this happen when you were a baby?” “No, it happened thousands of years ago.” “Oh,” Gracie said…

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Talking to My Kids About Tragedy

Talking to My Kids About Tragedy

As you all know, Orlando has been in shock for the past two weeks as we deal with a horrific tragedy in our community.  Chris and I weren’t really sure what to tell the kids yet, and since we are home for summer, we weren’t really worried about them hearing about it from friends or anything.  So, we were completely unprepared when both of them came running into our bedroom one morning,  yelling, “MOM!  DAD!  49 PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN ORLANDO THIS PAST WEEKEND!” Chris and I hardly ever have…

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Gracie’s PreK Graduation

Gracie’s PreK Graduation

Yesterday, my sweet, sassy, spitfire Gracie graduated from preschool!  WHAT?!?! We are so very proud of her and all she has learned this past year.  She had the same preschool teacher as Bean and we could not have been more pleased.   Gracie can write her name (and anything else, if you spell it for her), write uppercase and lowercase letters, knows numbers up to 200, can sound out words, can read the Step One beginning reader books, and can even tie her shoes.  She knows all about China and…

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I’ll Miss This One Day

I’ll Miss This One Day

This past Saturday afternoon, we were all in the kitchen having lunch.  We had a baseball game to get to, and Chris and I were hurrying around trying to get ready to go and the kids were goofing around while they ate. And I thought to myself in the middle of the shuffle, “I’ll miss this one day.” I’ll miss the normalcy of intense Pokemon discussions and negotiations over how many carrots have to be eaten. I’ll miss the countless, half-dressed baby dolls that I have to share meals with…

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From the Mouth of Babes

From the Mouth of Babes

For Gracie’s birthday, my mom gave Gracie her first real set of golf clubs.  She has given golf clubs to each of the “baby grands,” as she calls them, when they were old enough.  We all play golf in my family, and have for years.  But since my dad’s passing, golf has taken on an even more special meaning for all of us because it makes us feel closer to him. My dad was an incredible golfer.  Growing up, I thought all people were as good at golf as my…

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Great is Thy Faithfulness

Great is Thy Faithfulness

It will be five years ago this May that our family picked up and moved from Connecticut to Orlando in order to be closer to our extended family.  If you are new around these parts, then you missed that great transitional period in our lives.  It was a terrible, turbulent time in our home, when we were broke, unemployed, uninsured, and trying desperately to hold on to what was left of our faith. Chris and I prayed and prayed about our move back to Florida.  We had a wonderful, thriving life…

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The Love of All Things

The Love of All Things

A few months ago, I blogged about two ministers in my church who were diagnosed with breast cancer almost two weeks apart from each other.  This past weekend, one of them preached again for the first time in nine weeks.  And do you know what she spoke about? The Christmas movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” A woman in her mid-forties, with young children at home, in the prime years of her career, and suddenly battling cancer.  And she stands up and she preaches a sermon called, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Actually, what…

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A Moment of Gratitude

A Moment of Gratitude

For cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, and bottles of wine. For a week off of work to be with my family. For extra tiny helping hands in the kitchen. For food on our table. For a roof over our heads. For warm beds at night. For jobs. For health insurance. For old friends who call to catch up at just the moment I need to hear their voice. For a church who teaches Chris and I how to give generously and live richly. For my country, flaws and all. For neighbors…

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