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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When Parenting Loses It’s Patience

When Parenting Loses It’s Patience

I’ve been struggling with parenting lately.  Bean is at this age that constantly tests my patience and, if I’m completely honest, I have not exactly passed those tests.  I’ve been quick to snap at my kids, quick to anger, quick to discipline.  Sometimes those actions are needed, but sometimes I go to them because they are easier than having the patience to parent kindly. Gosh, that sounds horrible when I write it out. This Sunday, our minister gave a sermon about individualism. She talked about discovering who God calls us…

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

First of all, let me thank you for the outpouring of support yesterday!  You all made me feel much better and gave me some confidence about stepping up for my kids.  In answer to a lot of your comments, I received an email last night from the principal thanking me profusely for my email and asking for a description of the staff member so that the incident would not be repeated with other children.  I am really glad Bean is attending this school and I know that this is not…

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Teacups of Nots

Teacups of Nots

Oh, what an Easter we had, friends!  What joy!  What blessings!  What happiness! Our table was full of food and treats… Our baskets were full of eggs… Our backyard was full of children… Our house was full of family and friends. What more can you ask for? So often, I focus on the “not” in my life. What’s not in my closet. What’s not in my home. What’s not in my paycheck. What’s not in my driveway. What’s not in my marriage. What’s not in my life. And I think…

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Parenting Through Trembling Lips

Parenting Through Trembling Lips

A lot of parents worry about their kids.  Worry comes with the job description.  But, honestly, I haven’t consistently worried about my kids in quite a while.  Both are old enough to express their wants and needs to me, both have been doing really well in school and at home recently, and family life has seemed easy for the past few months. But this week, parenting has defeated me and I have lived in a world of worry over my kids.  I find myself stopping to pray for them all…

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A Dinnertime Reminder

A Dinnertime Reminder

Yesterday afternoon was not a great one.  The kids were overly tired for some reason, and both came home from daycare whiney and quick to tears.  I was tired and frustrated myself from a long day of teaching material that I just don’t feel like my students are understanding. Chris came home in a ho-hum mood and quickly became irritated with all the fussing and crying happening in the house. It just just one of those afternoons, you know? At the dinner table, we talked with the kids about their…

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Finding Our Place Again

Finding Our Place Again

So, you all know how much we love our church. When we first moved to Orlando, we began attending First United Methodist of Winter Park almost right away and mostly out of convenience. It was, literally, right down the street from where we were renting, and during those months that I was unemployed, I was desperate to seek out a community where I could belong. And that’s exactly what I found there. I remember the exact day when Chris and I felt that this church was our home. We were…

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Where I’m Supposed to Be

Where I’m Supposed to Be

We had this genius plan for how to keep Bean home all week without both Chris and I losing our jobs.  Chris was going to keep him Wednesday, my wonderful sister-in-law, Annie, was going to stay with him Thursday, and then I’d stay home on Friday.  Everybody wins! But then God saw my plan and laughed and said, “You silly thing!  You STILL think you are in charge here?” And in the middle of the night last night, Chris woke up with a RAGING fever.  Like Bean, Chris runs really…

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That’s Why I Pray

That’s Why I Pray

This morning, I went tearing through my purse at a red light because I was convinced I had left my cell phone at home.  Again.  Or at the grocery store.  Again.  Or in my other purse.  Again.  Or in my school bag.  Again.  (do you see a pattern here?) In my frantic search, I did not turn up a cell phone (has anyone see my phone, by the way?), but I did find a handful of these: More ticket stubs than I could count.  Some to movies, some to a…

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