The Boat Builder

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I doubt Mom anticipated the production of a sea-faring vessel when she brought out the craft box for my begging daughters Saturday. Boat building is always on the agenda for my dad. We just didn’t realize the condition was genetic! The girls had moved on to other distractions, while my oldest boy kept toiling away at his sail-equipped canoe, probably inspired by the ship... Read More

Sunset Horseback Lessons

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I happened to catch the end of this, as the sun was going down… My husband had decided to give the older two kids an impromptu horseback riding lesson. My daughter was just slightly thrilled… In case you didn’t catch that… THRILLED! My oldest (and he does have the oldest child personality, even though he’s only the oldest by twenty fear-fraught... Read More

Camping Out with Kids: Bring Wipes

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Camping in the back orchard with four young kids means… … letting our oldest son be a big kid by getting the bonfire started (with the garden hose ready and mom trying not to hover) … lots of dancing and yelling around the flames when the roasting sticks are produced (and mom trying not to hover) … turning normally-repulsive (to me) foods into flame-charred... Read More

After Four Years of Blogging, I’m Sure: I’m a Mom

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I finished the post below on Monday (except adding pictures). I had tried to veil how frustrated and disappointed I was, because life has become incredibly busy recently. It seemed like the sensible thing to do was end the blog. It has been confusing to sense God leading the exact opposite direction! God specializes in impossibilities, and He is able to make His purposes clear,... Read More

How to Make a Milky Wave (and Other Humiracles)

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My just-turned-four-year-old son… crawled up onto the bed one morning a few weeks ago… and delivered the following tale: “MOM!!! I just had the funniest dream about me ‘n’ Yoda! You’n me’n Yoda fought Dark Bader with huge light sabers until he was in tiny pieces, as tiny as a germ. I took his light saber away, and he fell down a hole — AAAAHpffff!!! —... Read More

“Perfect” Summer: Power in Weakness

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Aaah, summer. “Then followed that beautiful season… Summer… Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood…” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow I wish I could say my summer has been picture perfect like that. But this summer, stressors hit right along with the waves of... Read More

Runs Like a Deer

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I love the Fourth of July!! It’s my favorite gathering of family and friends all year, next to Christmas. But first thing this morning, I got to see the best fireworks display I’ll see all day: I love sunrises. I should see them more often. 😉 I’m back to running (truly running, not just walking). I dragged myself out of bed this morning and headed out the... Read More

Coincidental Snails

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Some days feel like God is pushing me along… I’ve been training for a 5K and had hoped to participate in my first one within a few weeks. The training started better than expected! But when school let out, things slowed… to a stop. Last week, my husband booted me out the door (as tenderly as possible, of course) to go run! Having a mind of my own, and feeling groggy... Read More

Molasses Seed Round Recipe: Not for the Birds

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I happened to be making this Molasses Seed Round Recipe when two of my husband’s adopted teenage brothers came over to help him build something or other. Their comments: “They look like bird seed.” “What are they, for constipation or something?” My husband bought them pizza, which kept them quiet for a while!! But if you’re the type who thinks... Read More

My Cross Training Session

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I’ve taken up running this past week – which you already know, if you’re friends with me on Facebook. And you already know that my husband bought me some dedicated running shoes… And that I completely shocked myself yesterday morning, by running the distance of a 5K! I’ve been wondering what to do for cross training, on the lighter exercise days.... Read More