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Launch Day!

Posted by [email protected] on May 22, 2014 at 7:15 AM Comments comments (17)
This is the day I've been waiting for!  Launch Day for my new site,

This is the day I've been working toward!  The day I call my blog a Living Room.  Because Living Room feels like there's enough space to actually sit down.  And these days I can, and I am, because my sons  are growing up.  

The boys, who still need me nea...
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Three things we can do to help #BringBackOurGirls

Posted by [email protected] on May 8, 2014 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

The ongoing tragedy in Nigeria, suffering half a world away, has pushed my heart over the edge of grief.  Confusion and pain mingle with feelings of helplessness as I ask, "What can be done from here?"  

What can we possibly do from the safety of our Living Rooms?

If you have slipped through these days unaware of the nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls  stolen by the radical Islamic group Boko Haram (roughly translated, "Western education is sin"...

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May the Fourth be with You

Posted by [email protected] on May 4, 2014 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (1)

A light saber battle is currently raging in the backyard.  The boys have watched Clone Wars, Star Wars, and the Empire Strikes Back this afternoon.  Yes, the force is strong around our home today.  

May the 4th be with you.

May 4th should be celebrated as a national holiday!  And today, for more reasons than ever, I am celebrating.  You see, ...

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Tug of War

Posted by [email protected] on April 26, 2014 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)

They lose control, I lose control too.  

"Get control of yourself," I holler.  

"You've been complaining all days long!"  

I've been complaining about your complaining.

I have lost peace,

I have lost joy,

They can't find it either.  

"Go to your rooms."

Mom, you are the heart,

I am the heart,

We are the heartbeat of our homes.

The heart pump, pumping.

Pumping life-g...

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Failed Pinterest attempts this Easter

Posted by [email protected] on April 21, 2014 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (2)

Pinterst is deceiving.  Instagram and Facebook are equally wrought with false hopes and photo-shopped realities.  Sunday morning church, eve...
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Sunday's Coming!

Posted by [email protected] on April 19, 2014 at 3:30 AM Comments comments (1)

 ...Weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

Psalm 30:5

There was an extended period in these early years of mothering young ones, where I tried desperately to keep my mouth shut in public.  I couldn't muster positive truisms, only heart-felt confessions of how dark my heart felt.  With confidants I shared the hardest of my hard days, and here on this blog ...

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Real Courage

Posted by [email protected] on April 11, 2014 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (1)

Courage in little boys is raw heart muscle, doing hard things.

Courage is Holy Spirit power wrapped in young flesh.  

Daniel in the lions' den, David walking out to face Goliath,

Caleb and Joshua calling out to their generation...

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FOOLISH FUN, and our hope for wisdom

Posted by [email protected] on April 2, 2014 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

I adore making believe, trips to the theatre, and suspended reality in the darkness of a movie-house!  

However, I have never ben able to tell a lie and call it a prank!  I've had my fair share of "April Fool's!" ideas, but never the courage to carry them out, until this year.  Yesterday morning all the boys and their dad were gathered around the table with their bowls of cereal, waiting for me to join them with a bowl of strawberries.  With the help of m...

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The Harlot's Lesson - halfway through Lent

Posted by [email protected] on March 27, 2014 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (1)

Lent was supposed to take me deeper this year.  Lent was supposed to refocus my eyes on Christ.  Lent was supposed to make my spiritual journey so... so wonderfully spiritual.  Yes, Lent was supposed to take me deeper.  But now, halfway through these 40 days, I see that I didn't take Lent deeper.  

There is the part that God does; the miracle part in our transformation.  And then there is the part that we do; the spiritual exercise of surrender....

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Reinventing Wendy Darling

Posted by [email protected] on March 27, 2014 at 5:00 AM Comments comments (0)

As a follow-up to an earlier post, Wendy Darling Said Goodbye,  I find myself now looking to the future.   As you know, once Peter Pan's beloved Wendy returned to London, having mothered the Lost Boys well, she moved out of the nursery and into her big girl room.  On the cusp of 40, with my youngest boy now six years old, I find myself transitioning out of the nurser...

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