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When Milestones Sneak In

Just a couple of days ago, our four-year-old announced it was time for her first haircut. It’s not as though we haven’t asked if she wanted a haircut. She was fiercely determined that she would not have her haircut until she her five-year-old birthday even as she tagged along to her brother’s routine haircuts. And …

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Sprouts of New Life

As part of the children’s church, our four-year-old brought home a cup of soil where they had planted a seed. The lesson had been about planting seeds of love and kindness and how important that was in bringing about new life and hope in people’s lives. The idea was that we could be the sunlight …

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First Day Firsts

Yesterday was the first day of the 2022-2023 school year! It was a big first for our family because it was the first time that everyone was attending the same school at the start of a new school year. It felt big to be able to go together to a place we love and a …

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Summer Rhythm

Last summer was filled with house showings, packing boxes, and delivering donations and we never got to settle into the slower mornings and lingering light of summer. This summer, we were in a new city and a new house for the first time in eight years and it took us a while to find our …

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“I’m Nice, Am I?”

As our three-year-old was cleaning up her toys after dinner, she looked over her shoulder and asked, “I’m nice, am I?” Her question stopped me in my tracks because she made an identity statement, “I’m nice,” and she was looking for affirmation that who she said she was, was true. She wanted to be nice. …

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Transitions

Over the past two weeks, we have attended graduations, celebrations, and end-of-the-year school events. There are some Springs that are filled with the gentle breeze of changing seasons. There are other Springs that are explosions of new life and transformation. For us, this Spring has been the latter. Big events and big changes for more …

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Endings and Beginnings

I forgot how busy the end of the year was, especially with different school schedules for four different kids. Even as we try to remember where we are supposed to be on which day, I find myself overwhelmed with gratitude that we are HERE in this place. This year we have a kindergarten graduation and …

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Whisperings

I heard their whisperings at the top of the stairs. We had just cleaned up from dinner and were headed to bath, just enough ahead of me to plot something. I stopped for just a minute to give them ample time to plan their surprise. I made sure my feet fell loudly on the last …

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Packed and Ready

I thought it was silly to add a lunchbox for our two-year-old and for me when they ad popped up. It was a split second decision, one of those late night online shopping choices that I would probably question in the morning light. When they came in, we were in the middle of homeschooling during …

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