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“This is going to be GREAT!”

He opened his eyes this morning, on the first day of fourth grade. “This is going to be GREAT!” he said. He chatted me up the rest of the morning, following me from room to room, speaking in a delighted staccato. “I wonder if there will be any new kids,” he said as he washed […]

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Earning my Patina

Patina. It’s beautiful, but it isn’t instant. It develops over time, with age. You have to wait for it. It’s coveted by some architects, designers, and artists. And every patina is unique…a pattern all its own created by sun and weather and time…the gentle and the harsh of all of it. And what does this […]

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Day Fifteen – Soothing the Heart

My husband and I know several people in the adoption process or considering adoption right now. One of those couples is very dear to us. Recently they’ve been experiencing what every adoptive family experiences: unsolicited negative opinions from people they thought were ‘safe’. This is a common part of the adoption journey. It’s painful…it usually […]

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Day Six – Passing It On

The Bible is clear: God uses a parent’s faithfulness to shape children. We’re commanded to teach “diligently to your children…when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise” (Deuteronomy 6:7), and similarly in Deuteronomy 11:19 we’re instructed again: “You shall teach them […]

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