Life Lessons


  Up until age 12, I was skinny. I’m talking beanpole skinny. I had a barely there butt, zero point zero hips and wore slim jeans forever and a day (my favorite were the ones with the roller skates applique with REAL laces on the pockets.) I see my youngest child and he is built just like my daughter when she was his age. Abs for days and arms and legs like a colt. But you know what I used to say when people commented about...

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I’ve had a two conversations with two different friends in the past 24 hours and realized life hasn’t been easy for them lately, either. We’ve all had eerily similar stories about major struggles happening in all of our lives right now. On one hand, it’s nice to have someone to talk with because they get it but on the other hand, I hate hearing that they are going through tough times. But I know we’re all...

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As I listened to one of Rob Bell’s podcast episodes the other day, Episode 120 Wisdom Part 5, How to Think About the News. I couldn’t but let  turn off the firehose, as Rob put it. And that’s exactly how I feel whenever I open Twitter, Facebook, or turn on the television. It’s all so overwhelming but really, it’s my own fault. I’ve been confusing media with journalism. Journalism is truth-seeking,...

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“Mom, we are hunting Bigfoot!!” my daughter would shout/whisper as she ran by with her flashlight beam bouncing. The adults would either be playing Chinese Horseshoes (Washers, if you prefer) under the street light or sitting in someone’s driveway laughing and sipping the night away. This was our social life for the first few years as parents. We moved into our first home when my daughter was nine months old. Slowly...

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If you’ve never heard of Rob Bell, your life is about to change. I first learned of him from Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday episode when she interviewed him regarding a recent book he had written called, What We Talk About When We Talk About God. It was so good, so good (ha!)and I knew I had to have more Rob Bell. I found his podcast, RobCast, and have become a loyal listener. The topics and interviews are thought-provoking and...

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We just got back from a family vacation to Steamboat Springs, Colorado for my middle son’s final baseball tournament of the season. We’ve been there multiple times, either for spring break ski trips or past tournaments, even renting the same house as we did last time we were there. We were looking forward to going back to a familiar place, going to our favorite restaurants, and doing some of our favorite things while...

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