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What If…Life Isn’t Smooth?

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We spent the last week and a half driving to Southern California and back, stopping here and there, visiting friends, spending time as a family, solidifying old friendships, rekindling, reconnecting. It was good for our hearts as we deepened laugh lines, tuned our ears and hearts toward one another and God, and allowed our eyes […]

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A Break for an Update

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First I want to begin with many thanks! We know people are praying for us and cheering us on because we have gotten emails, calls, texts, and messages over the past two months as we continue to walk through this time of transition.  Thank you, thank you!  Your encouragement and support, listening ears, and prayers […]

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What If…We Didn’t Fear Change?

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I wrote this blog post about a month ago…and, well, March 15th is the day after the day after tomorrow. Today a friend posted a motivational word photo which read, “Don’t be Afraid of Change.”  Umm, we are on the precipice of change, like uber, major, big time, anything goes type of change, and I, for […]

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There is a Time for Everything Under the Sun

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Our third child didn’t get a baby shower.  Not because historically it’s improper in the book of manners, but because I just didn’t think my heart could handle it.  The last time I had been pregnant with a boy, my friends gathered around me as we ate chocolate and vegetables and artichoke dip, all the […]

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10 Things I Hate About Me

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I just thought of that title so, either this list will be a piece of cake and I’ll need to make a part 2 and 3, or I will need to make some stuff up. My upper arms. My bent towards inconsistency. How my self-worth is so closely knit with 10 lbs of fat and […]

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The Tortoise and the Hare

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When I think of turtles, images from Eric Carle’s books come to mind since I have a toddler and these are on my shelves and in my hands most afternoons before nap time. If I said the word “turtle” to my husband, I bet you a zillion dollars visions of pecans covered in caramel covered […]

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Trekking Around the World

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Remember this? It’s been a while.  I wouldn’t expect you to, but I sure do.  One night, 5 years ago last November, we had gotten some yummy Chinese take-out and were sitting in Noah’s room at The Children’s Hospital.  As we finished up and started cracking open our fortune cookies, I grabbed one and said, […]

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Little BIG Feet

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If you don’t know how much I love feet, scroll down to the bottom of this page…I’ll wait… Okay.  So, let me clarify, because by “love feet” I want to make sure it’s clear which ones I mean: NOT stinky, sweaty, hairy, scaly ones BUT YES to: chewy, teeny, tiny, pink, plump, yummy ones But […]

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The Birthday Boy!

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Jason and I hugged maybe a little more than normal yesterday. We just kept staring at our son, looking at one another, and then finally stating the obvious, “We have a one year old son. We’ve never had a one year old son before…Thank You, Lord God, for the blessing of Ryan Graves!” Not trying […]

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One day at a time

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The sixth chapter of Matthew is one of my staples. I could read it every. single. day. The five main topics it covers are: giving, praying, fasting, heart treasures, and worry. One of my life motto’s is to live one day at a time…not worrying about all the what if’s? and unknowns. I HATE, ABHOR, […]