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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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Embracing the crazy

I had it all planned out, in my head. The kids would frolic on the shore and I’d lay on the quilt my grandmother made, with a book and my camera. It seemed simple. It seemed possible. Until we got there. Our two hour drive turned into three. Traffic on 17 was virtually stopped and (read more…)

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No shame in needing help

As you start this week, if you’re staring down the days ahead and it all feels overwhelming… don’t be afraid to ask for help. Seek out other people—a one-afternoon-a-week babysitter, an assistant to help in your work, someone to give your house a thorough once-over cleaning, or even a friend to give you a “you (read more…)

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The art of listening

It’s something I’ve told my children since before they could fully understand what it meant: God gave you two ears and one mouth so you could listen twice as much as you speak.  (So you should listen twice as much as you speak…?) I’d do well to follow the same advice; wouldn’t most of us? Listening, active listening, is (read more…)

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