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Overnight guests: making your home their home

If you’re like our family, you’ve already opened the calendar to start planning your summer schedule. We’re a busy family of five, with one son graduating college, one heading to China to study for the summer term, a daughter heading to the mission field and enjoying her last summer before her senior high school year, (read more…)

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Reviving the art of smiling

Being more of a homebody than anything else, I’ve been trying to make an effort to get out of the house more often, simply to just be outdoors and get some much-needed Vitamin D. During my short trips outside the four walls of my home, I’ve noticed a strange but increasingly common trend: unsmiling people. (read more…)

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How to not be obnoxious even though you’re passionate

I’ve noticed a recent trend in my life. After a conversation with an acquaintance, an episode of a TV show, a chapter in a book, or otherwise some other sort of small interaction with new information, I tend to immediately need to outwardly process said information with Kyle (I am an INTJ, after all—that’s one (read more…)

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Tomato-stained stoves and dusty windowsills

As you start this week, may you shoo away any thought that whispers that your home isn’t good enough for table company. May you pick up the phone today and text that person you’ve wanted to invite over to share bread, coffee, whatever. I told Myquillyn in our most recent podcast that one of my (read more…)

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The best question

This June marks 18 years for us. When I got married I could have never foreseen the hills and valleys of the next nearly two decades of living and breathing daily life with someone. In fact, I could have never even foreseen being almost forty and living this life that I live. Life surprises us (read more…)

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