Category Archives: Parenting

in which I go ahead and say All The Stuff, because everything that can be shaken will be

I click the WordPress “new post” button and my stomach does a flip. I take a deep breath and will my heart rate to slow. I don’t know what to say. So many thoughts, so much happening in my heart, … Continue reading

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special needs parenting is hard. sitting still is harder.

The on-hold music goes quiet at the precise moment that I lose my cool. The kids have been chasing, climbing, pushing — mostly laughing but occasionally crossing the line between roughhousing and fighting, for a solid 15 minutes, and I’m not sure what I’m thinking, … Continue reading

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Sharing my one word for 2016 (and a quick update on our family’s special needs journey)

Hey, my dear friends. Wow. It’s hard to know where to start when it’s been nearly two months since I’ve written here. We had a sweet Christmas Eve morning — just Stan, me, Isaac, and our Maia-bean. We opened presents … Continue reading

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I want to tell you about the good things.

It snowed last night. Big, wet, gorgeous flakes, of which I just now realized I haven’t taken one single picture. Annnnnd, bam. Just remedied that little issue. Here you go: Though my iPhone camera doesn’t do it justice, this is the view … Continue reading

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A Quick Update (or, the one thing that’s more real than my fear)

It’s been in the 50’s and pouring down rain for 2 days in a row. Typically I would be head-over-heals for this kind of Autumn weather (boots, flannel, sweaters — you know the drill). But hauling my two littles around … Continue reading

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On absorbing beauty and going to the park

The mountains. Y’all. They are balm to my soul like I can’t describe in words. But watch me try. I spent this past weekend up in Allenspark, CO with a group of 30 or so precious women from our church … Continue reading

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Cracking the windows open a little wider {in which I fill y’all in a bit more on what’s up with our fam}

I sit outside tonight at the Starbucks down the street from our apartment complex, and at 6:45 PM I’ve already rolled the sleeves of my cozy flannel shirt all the way down. The Colorado air is nothing short of perfection … Continue reading

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the thing I thought I’d never do {or, the core cry of all my soul-cries}

The thing about coming ridiculously alive inside is that the more His life and freedom course through to every last corner of my soul, the more I feel afraid. I know the verses, too, about how God has not given us a … Continue reading

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If you cut me open {on jumping tandem and the tension of weakness}

I wrap my chilly feet in a blanket and sit down to write this afternoon, not knowing if I’ll be able to make much headway before my kiddos begin to stir awake from their naps. Opportunities to write, to really write, are few … Continue reading

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Leading is vulnerable {in which I break through the non-writing fog}

Dang, y’all. It’s intimidating, this showing up in front of The Blank Screen after weeks of not writing. And the longer I’ve waited, the more I’ve thought I might prefer to just not show up. At least, not any time soon. So, … Continue reading

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