Dwelling in the Land, Family Life

Reflections & Resolutions

I’m living out a little fantasy of mine today and for the next two days called Being Alone In My House. It’s so amazing. You know I still love having a full house, lots of people around my table, and the sounds of laughter and lively conversations, but this is such a nice reprieve. Robert… Read More Reflections & Resolutions

Family Life, Motherhood

Weepy Eyes. Full heart. Can’t Wait Till Christmas.

Ya’ll already know how much I love to have people around my dining room table, but these people right here are my favorite ones to have gathered in one place. They are my favorite people to cook chocolate chip pancakes and bacon for. This is my favorite group to hang out with and laugh with… Read More Weepy Eyes. Full heart. Can’t Wait Till Christmas.

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Homeschooling: The Beginning Of An Ending

I can’t believe I wrote this post eight years ago. Today arrived much faster than I anticipated: Kayla’s first day of her senior year, and my first day of my last year of homeschooling. Does that mean it’s my senior year, too? Because it kinda feels that way. Just look at this cute little second grader… Read More Homeschooling: The Beginning Of An Ending

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When Every T-Shirt Holds A Memory

“Mom and Dad, can you guys just take these two bags to Goodwill?” he said while we packed up his house in Waco just before graduation. We agreed, loaded them in the moving truck, and hauled everything to a storage facility in San Marcos. I kept the two white trash bags, though, a bit skeptical… Read More When Every T-Shirt Holds A Memory

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Summer So Far

It’s 2:30 on a Monday and I planned to have all of this posted mid-morning. Have you guys noticed that life has a lot of interruptions? A hospital visit was not on my long to-do list this morning, but that’s where I spent a good portion of the time. If you think of it, pray… Read More Summer So Far

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In Pain (and tears) You Will Give Birth

Waiting for my dad at the Austin airport I’ve cried myself to sleep more than a handful of times in my 47 years of life, but I’d never cried myself awake until last week. It made me think of Eve. In the third chapter of Genesis, Eve receives the news of how the unleashing of… Read More In Pain (and tears) You Will Give Birth

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Spring: “Filled & Fried”

“We were both so filled at Easter, and also kinda fried,” is what my friend Christina said the other day when we were catching up via text message. (Hopefully she doesn’t mind me quoting her.) She is also a pastor’s wife, but you don’t have to have that role to feel that way. Everyone I… Read More Spring: “Filled & Fried”

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Potty Training, Prayer Training

It’s probably a big parenting no-no these days (pretty sure I did all the current no-no’s), but way back in the 90’s I used to give my kiddos M&M’s as a potty training incentive. Actually, we started out with stickers. Sit on the potty, get a sticker.  It was all very exciting. We kept a… Read More Potty Training, Prayer Training

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Knee Mercies & The Gift of Nurturing

Remember this post? The one where I talked about how much that Lamentations verse keeps coming to mind? How I pray a version of it each morning? How I discovered that “mercy” here means “womb”, or “cherishing the fetus”? How the Lord is using it to remind me of His love for me, of how… Read More Knee Mercies & The Gift of Nurturing

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Girl on a Mission

Only half of the crew here ready to pick up the rest of the team in Boston. On our drive to Northborough to meet up with her team, she asked me if I was nervous about her trip to Scotland. “Not really,” was my answer. It was 2 o’clock in the afternoon, and I was… Read More Girl on a Mission