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A Thursday-ish List

Yes, I'm still off in the land of vacations, where time doesn't exist (except for Brooksie's decision to wake every morning with the sun...at 5 am. I've been playing and swimming and tending to snotty noses (as per usual) and laughing with people I don't see near enough. This is a list: A Saturday with our sweet ...

A Tribute to the Single Mother and in Praise of the Good Father: A Father’s Day Post (of sorts)

[caption id="attachment_3982" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="snippetandink.com via Pinterest"][/caption] Every time Chris leaves town, I’m reminded of how much I depend on him, on how good my life is with him, how what I have is rare. Our marriage is not perfect, but it is one of kindness, freedom, friendship. ...

Girls and Great-Grandmothers and all the Mothers between them

  [caption id="attachment_3858" align="aligncenter" width="553" caption="My hand and Deenie's hands: the bracelet she, my great-grandmother and I all wore on our wedding days"][/caption]   A couple of Sundays ago, I had a phone date with my 90-year-old grandmother, Deenie (aka "Cotton"). The boys were outside ...

Why I didn’t make it to small group last week

It was a good day, but a long one: the house in disarray. Another week where we planned to go to our small group from church, where I made dinner early and managed to bring the boys in early from outside (one tantrum in the process but I only got bit once). August hates small group. We went for the first time five weeks ago ...

Simplicity: Meat and Spiritual Practice

I spent yesterday morning rinsing, drying, salting and peppering two chickens. One was for a friend who has just had a baby girl and one was for my little family of eaters. I handled those chickens with love, patting them sweetly with salt all over my hands while Brooksie napped and August played astronaut nearby. I held the ...

It’s Halloween, y’all!

And in honor of Halloween, I'm re-posting what I wrote last year, "Why I believe in Halloween."   Though I was raised evangelical and can speak Christianese with the best of them, I doubt I’m anyone’s Evangelical Mother of the Year, especially when it comes to all the big things on the Christian no-no list. That ...

Wise Stuff My Husband Said {A Series}: Beauty and Brokenness

Two weeks ago when August had his traumatic day at school, I was a mess when Chris got home. We put the boys to bed and talked. He said, remember how my dad said, “You’re only as happy as your saddest child?” I remembered. Then we thought about it some more. For the past year Chris has been slowly picking through Dale ...