2022 – There is no shoe.

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I don’t know where you land on the Enneagram. (Here’s a great book for beginners. Also, here’s a quiz.) I’m solidly a 6 with a 5 wing. In a nutshell, it means I have a bajillion worst case scenarios in… Continue Reading →

How to un-overwhelm yourself

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I have to say that I am in no way an expert on this. It’s something I’m learning – even now. But what I’ve learned might be helpful as you see the looming schedules of the fall closing in.

Theological Thursdays – Hope Nazi

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I’m stuck in a badly written dystopian novel.

In the Raw – Finding Home

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I never expected Woodland Mall to feel like coming home.

Theological Thursday – Theodor Seuss Geisel

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Did you know a newspaper published a parody of ‘Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!’ called “Richard M. Nixon, Will You Please Go Now!”? And the president resigned 9 days later.

In the Raw – Pioneer Mamas and Me

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Women have been listening to their minds race in circles after a crazy day far longer than we know.

Tips, Hacks & Real Life – Go Ahead & Laugh.

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Thank you Holderness Family! Here’s a few of my favorites. Just take a moment. Even if it’s just snark, let it out. Laughter is medicine!

Christmas in 2020

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There’s a reason the angels didn’t say “Good tidings of great happiness!”

Theological Thursdays – Raising Cain

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God is still having a conversation with his people – even in their broken condition!

In the Raw Grief Edition – What no one told me about remembering

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Grief is never a simple journey from point A to point B, but slowly… sometimes very slowly, it does get better.

In the Raw Grief Edition – What no one told me about cleaning out and packing up

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PSA: never use the word condolences. Please. It’s cold and unfeeling.

In the Raw Grief Edition – What no one told me about the process of dying

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Our culture doesn’t like to face the idea of death – it means loss, pain and grief. No one wants to think about it but we will all face it.

In the Raw: What I know

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If we truly believe God is sovereign… what does that mean in this situation? This moment in history?

Theological Thursdays – Coronacation

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Somehow when David’s hurt and lament was spent, he could see Yahweh even in the awful stuff.

Theological Thursdays – Lent… & COVID-19

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It seems today has been hijacked by COVID-19 aka the Coronavirus.

2019 Kids Book Gift List

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Stuck on gifts for the kid readers in your life? Check out my 2019 Kids Book Gift List!

Wednesday Wars, Shakespeare and You

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I was dumbfounded how a middle grade novel could so accurately depict raw grief.

In the Raw: Continuing the Fight

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From taps… “all is well, safely rest, God is nigh” to the flag slowly folded and presented… “on behalf of the President of the United States and a grateful nation” to my veteran father-in-law… I was barely controlling my emotion.

In the Raw: Planners are like Underwear.

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Does keeping track of goals feel like a prison cell? Read on to find out how planners are like underwear. 🙂

In the Raw: A Peek into My Long-Awaited Library

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Mother’s Day weekend 2017 we physically moved in, but January 2019 this house finally feels like our home. The books have their esteemed place on the wall once again. 

Comparing Used Book Websites: What I’ve Learned

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If you like books and don’t like paying a whole lot for them, here are a few thoughts for you.

InCoWriMo 2019 – a journal and a freebie

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InCoWriMo stands for
International Correspondence Writing Month… here’s my journal.

Valentine’s Day in Paradise

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“Once you are Real, you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.” Skin Horse (Velveteen Rabbit)

Mean Girls: 3 Tips for You and Your Girl

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Welcome back for the final post of our Mean Girls series! Here’s the first installment if you’d like to catch up. This post will focus on some practical ways to navigate the mean girls in our lives as well as… Continue Reading →

Mean Girls – Part 1

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It started in third grade. Her two “BFFs” from the neighborhood (sisters) demanded that she give back the necklace proclaiming their friendship because they didn’t all end up in the same class together. She was devastated, so hurt that the… Continue Reading →

Creativity Experiment 2018: how it went & what we learned

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I can’t believe it’s done, but summer officially is over. Yesterday, the busses came and all three of my backpack-laden creative people got on and left.  For the first time, I wasn’t ready.  Oh, I had all the school supplies… Continue Reading →

Summer, Kids & Creativity: A Journey

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Each of them, whether they see it yet or not, is created to create. Numbers, paper, pencil, marker, paint, doodles, words, sentences, ingredients, balsa wood, Legos… we cannot help it. Our Creator is worshiped when we reflect Him. I want them to see this.

The Enneagram and Me

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(This is your weekly Theological Thursday post but – on a FRIDAY!) What is the Enneagram?? It’s one of a vast number of personality systems and ways of seeing ourselves. Ann Bogel has a great book called Reading People with a… Continue Reading →

IF Gathering: 2017 Recap

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Our texts flew back and forth. “I’ve got seats saved!”  “Can’t wait to see you!” with lots of smiley emojis. As we both finally took our seats in the auditorium of Community Reformed, our sigh of relief was in unison…. Continue Reading →

In the Raw: Mammograms & Callbacks

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She said, “The doctor saw a questionable spot on your mammogram yesterday and wants to see you again. Can you come in today?” Her words made my heart stop and my thoughts fly. Why did they want to see me… Continue Reading →

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