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What Love Looks Like

Posted by on Feb 14, 2018 in God at Work, Holidays, Overcoming, Perseverance | 4 comments

What Love Looks Like

    Today, I hung out in one of my least favorite store aisles. I don’t hate it completely; it’s just not my favorite. The Valentine’s Day aisle. I couldn’t avoid it, unless I wanted to be one of those moms who refused to buy her son a heart-shaped box of anything, because if she didn’t have a valentine to celebrate with, no one else should enjoy the day either. I couldn’t just make my selection and head to someplace more fun (like the office supplies); Kristy needed to get treats for her kids and husband, and so did Sherry, and Mom and Dad...

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Friends Who Get Us

Posted by on Feb 9, 2018 in Friendship, God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance | 1 comment

Friends Who Get Us

    This arrived in the mail yesterday. As soon as I saw it, I got a warm feeling inside, not only because it’s fun to find a surprise in the mail, but because the butterfly, the typewriter and reference to storytelling, the book and fountain pen nib charms, and the logo for Ginny Yttrup’s jewelry reminded me that it came from a friend who knows me well. Susy and I serve on the West Coast Christian Writers Conference board together and have spent the past several months helping to plan the upcoming Lit Masterclass (hence the Lit logo on the...

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What’s in Your Arsenal?

Posted by on Jan 31, 2018 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance | 2 comments

What’s in Your Arsenal?

  My family has been passing around the same virus (affectionately known as “The Cold”) since before Thanksgiving. At least we think it’s the same virus. It takes a different form with each person and comes and goes like one of those friends who only calls when she needs something, and always in the middle of dinner or when you’ve just settled down to a movie. Nathan has been coughing and blowing his nose for three months despite two trips to the doctor. I’ve had three short-lived colds that settled in my throat, two of which set in just long...

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Me, the One Exception

Posted by on Jan 25, 2018 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance, Single Parenting, Suddenly Single Mom | 0 comments

Me, the One Exception

    I was in the middle of a phone conversation with a woman I only knew through Facebook posts and a brief e-mail exchange. A friend had introduced us when she realized we had things in common and needed to meet. Unfortunately, those things did not include writing, our kids’ activities, knitting, or “Are you kidding me, you have Achromatopsia too?!” We’d both lost our marriages and had sadly-similar stories behind the how. Her divorce had just finalized; the fun was just beginning for me. “What kind of support are you getting?” She asked me....

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What We Keep

Posted by on Jan 18, 2018 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance | 0 comments

What We Keep

      This week’s post will be short, as this week (when I am also polishing an outline for a talk I’m giving on Monday night) was hijacked by a frantic clean-up project in Mom and Dad’s garage. The HOA found them guilty of “Using the Garage as Storage,” which is partially my fault because when Nate and I arrived five years ago we arrived with stuff, and when I cleaned out my storage unit in 2014 I brought more stuff. Then there’s all of Mom and Dad’s stuff, Nathan’s refusal to continue playing with the same toys he enjoyed at age 10, and my...

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