This is for you dads out there…

October 21, 2013

I have seven children who all loved their dad. Even though he had MS for 15 years before his passing, which meant he couldn’t do a lot of things most “normal” dads can do–throw a football around, teach a child how to ride a bike, walk on the beach, or go hiking–each one of my […]

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Remembering His Cowboy Boots and Great Smile…

October 12, 2013

I have so many images in my mind…thinking back to my college days: a young, energetic, friendly guy with a dashing, sincere smile the light in his eyes when he would talk about America, and freedom and values, and wanting to make a difference in the world his sadness when he spoke of people he […]

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Our Hearts and God’s Heart for Our Children

October 2, 2013

  “I will bow down toward Your holy temple And give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word according to all Your name. On the day I called, You answered me; You made me bold with strength in my soul.” ~Psalm 132:2-3 Dear friends, Over the […]

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Storms and the Upward Life

August 19, 2013

A year ago today, as we walked through the extraordinarily impressive museums of the Vatican in Rome, I cherished holding the hand of the dear man who had just married me. That day—glowing in the Italian August sun—brought to a close the precious time God gave Peter and me to enjoy our honeymoon surrounded by […]

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Still Learning What Love Looks Like

July 28, 2013

This past week has been the usual busy, but in the midst of this particular busyness, I’ve had time to think about my life in ways I don’t normally have time to. When I do have extra time to think, I usually struggle with feelings of guilt and inadequacy as a mom. I don’t do […]

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Tell Them You Love Them

June 17, 2013

Sometimes I run into a long-time friend I haven’t seen for some time. What a joy it is to reconnect after a long absence. If I had my way, each week for the rest of my life I’d be sitting and drinking coffee with one of these friends, catching up, praying together, sharing in the […]

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What a Mother’s Love Does…

May 20, 2013

  Dear friends, Now that I have six adult children and my last child soon to turn that corner (unless I can figure out a way to keep him from getting any older!) I’ve been thinking about my role as a mom these past 25 years. I started out knowing so very little about what […]

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Songs in the Night…how moms can have authentic joy in hard places

May 10, 2013

This week my dear twin daughters, Amy and Charity celebrated their 18th birthday. Wow! How the time has flown! They went from bouncy, bubbly toddlers to full-grown, godly young women while I blinked. Looking back brings a flood of memories–many, sweet; some, incredibly painful. Nearly losing them in the womb in a high-risk pregnancy kept […]

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