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To Sherry On Her 40-Somethingth Birthday

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance | 2 comments

To Sherry On Her 40-Somethingth Birthday

Anyone who follows me on Facebook or reads my blog knows that I am blessed to have two wonderful sisters. I am the oldest. Each of us is separated by three years (roughly) and two inches, so the stair-step sibling cliché applies to us. We trade clothes. We get along. Our kids are friends. One year Mom and Dad gave me, Sherry, and Kristy money to buy new outfits, and each of us showed up on Christmas wearing a gray & black striped sweater dress or sweater and black boots. I still lived in Reno at the time, so we had not coordinated on...

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The Wonder of Wonder

Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in Books, God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance | 0 comments

The Wonder of Wonder

Today, I’m getting ready for my monthly book club meeting. I have everything I need. Discussion questions A copy of the book I chose Kid-friendly snacks (You’ll understand why as you read on.) 3 x 5 cards and markers (I’ll explain at the end.) My friend Teri invited me to join her book club after they read Running with Roselle and asked me to visit as a guest speaker. Each month, a different member chooses the book and hosts the meeting, and February was my turn! I chose Wonder by R.J. Palacio—one of my favorite children’s books of all time....

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Saying Goodbye to the Butterfly

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance | 2 comments

Saying Goodbye to the Butterfly

Don’t you just love cryptic titles? I’m not saying goodbye to all butterflies. This one—a Christmas gift from a special sister in Christ—will hang on my wall for a long time. I love it! Who doesn’t need this advice daily? This one will continue fluttering over its assigned shelf. I’ll let Madeline hold this pretty present as long as she promises to adjust her hat. More butterflies are sure to show up in my bedroom/office. My scarves hang from the butterfly-shaped hangers that Katrina gave me. I will forever be attracted to butterfly journals,...

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What Friends Do

Posted by on Jan 26, 2017 in Friendship, God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance | 1 comment

What Friends Do

Yesterday, I read an article by an author I love—Georgia Shaffer. It was about the importance of cultivating friendship. You can read it here (after you finish this post, of course.) Receiving it felt extremely timely. I’d just been appreciating the many nice friends that God has blessed me with, especially one. Last week, I had coffee with a friend who is beyond dear. We used to spend time together on more of a regular basis, but these days we get together when we can and connect via text and Facebook in between. We spent a big portion of...

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Don’t Be That Kid

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance, Single Parenting | 0 comments

Don’t Be That Kid

Every mom has go-to expressions that her kids will remember forever. “Do I need to come in/up/down there?” “We’ll talk about this at home.” (This is especially ominous when whispered in a public place.) “That was not a good choice.” My sisters and I grew up knowing that when Mom added, “you’ll be in heap of trouble” to anything, we’d better make a indelible mental note to never do that thing again, or ever. My favorite go-to expression with Nathan is, “Don’t be that kid.” That’s all I need to say. He knows what I mean. Don’t...

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