I am the mother of two black daughters and one hispanic son, so I am particularly sensitive to discrimination against people of color. I am also the mother of two white sons, who, someday, will be “Old White Guys,” and the wife of a man, who will, even sooner, be an “Old White Guy,” […]

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Let’s talk about adoption.  Y’all see the cute photos of our adopted kids, but besides that, I am not vocal enough and don’t advocate enough for orphans. This is not meant to be a guilt trip. I hope God uses this post to stir your heart and move you towards adoption. To those who don’t […]

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Teaching Driving By Being Teachable

Our second son recently turned 16, and he has his learner’s permit. He doesn’t yet have enough hours to get a license and drive on his own, so we are letting him drive often. Tonight, I drove–because we were in a time crunch and traffic was bad. As I drove down the hill, not far […]

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Photographs and Memories and Tears

Dear Google Photos, I love and hate you. Tomorrow is our son’s surprise 16th Birthday party. I have spent hours this evening, pouring over photos in my Google Drive just to find the perfect (ahem, 700 and counting) photos for a slideshow. I spent hours, Google. You threw me off guard. How? For some reason, […]

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Do you honk?

I saw an almost-accident today, as a driver pulled in front of another vehicle without any room to spare. It appeared as though they didn’t even notice the other car they were pulling in front of. What would you do? Hit your brakes and graciously let the other driver in? Honk your horn LOUD so that […]

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God Can Use the People in the Margins…

Start in Genesis 37, and go read the story of Joseph (if you haven’t done your daily Bible reading already). Man, this guy was IN THE MARGINS! Joseph was loved more by his father, but his brothers? They hated him. See, he was one of 2 sons born to their father’s favorite wife (yes, his dad had […]

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Trying to Make Sense of Things….

This is my first post about life and politics. I am not a know-it-all. I spend hours researching multiple points of view to make sense of the world.   I care about people. I care about our country. I voted the best way I knew how after my hours of research. I still wonder if […]

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My Holiday Calendar

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Don’t you hate the stressed out, crazy feeling during the whole month of December? Me too. A couple of years ago, I started thinking, there must be a way to spread out the Christmas tasks so that I’m working on them, bit-by-bit, throughout the year. But then there are other holidays and birthdays and vacations […]

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On Resting

“We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first line of defense. We pray when there’s nothing else we can do, but God wants us to pray before we do anything at all. Most of us would prefer, however, to spend our time doing something that will […]

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My 5 Favorite Speakers from the Refresh Conference 2015

My hubby and I had the privilege of attending this year’s Refresh Conference in Redomond, WA. WOW! What a weekend!! We felt SO totally encouraged and strengthened by this conference. I took a ton of notes (I will share some of those later!). For now, I want to tell you about my favorite speakers. Everyone was […]

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