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Thin Spaces Bring Heaven to Earth

Several years ago during a church service I was introduced to the term thin spaces. Thin spaces is an ancient term first used by the Irish, then the Celts, and finally Christians. By definition thin spaces are areas where the space between Heaven and earth is thin....

Thank You Patty

This post was originated in the fall of 2015. Daniel Heinrich made an appearance in court. He was named as a person of interest in the disappearance of Jacob Wetterling. The sight of Heinrich made my stomach turn. If you've lived in Minnesota for any length of time...

A Box of Love

As far as I'm concerned there is a good deal of magic involved in Christmas. Each year I'm giddy to get the tree up, despite the needle pokes and the frustration of lights that worked when put away and now don't. Some twinkle lights brighten the dull spots of my...

A Lot of Good People

One of the best bits of blogging advice I've received is to "write when it hurts." I wanted to stay out of it. I had planned to stay quiet. But it hurts to see our country like this, so I write. It has been an unsettling few days since the election. I live in a red...

Love Thy Neighbor, Regardless Of Their Politics

Last week I was on a phone call with a client that I've done marketing work for. He had a project he wanted done and I'd decided it wasn't something that I really wanted to take on (yay me for saying no), so I was going to refer him to someone I thought would be...

Comfort Food On Date Night

My husband and I recently celebrated our sixteenth wedding anniversary. We were together ten years prior to getting married, so the fact that we've been together for twenty-six years is weird, since most days I think of myself as being thirty-five. Some birthdays and...

Play Date Primping and Other Nonsense

  My son had two play dates at our house this week. I caught myself primping for them. What the heck am I worried about? I like a clean house and most of the time ours is respectable. Not up to mother-in-law standards, but real life neat. Still I catch myself...

Getting Past The Gatekeeper

I recently attended my second Minnesota Blogger Conference. The first time, I'd barely hit the publish button and knew there was a lot I needed to learn. This time felt far less intimidating, but with just as much to learn. If you are not a blogger you may think this...

The brilliance of a bloom is not diminished by its brief life.

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Gone Too Soon

Two weeks or so ago I attended a visitation for an eighteen year old. The young daughter of an old friend. I arrived at the funeral home weak and wordless. My hand shook as I signed the guest book. I had nothing, but a hug to offer. My friend and I had not seen each...

Thank You Note To Patty Wetterling

Nearly a year ago I started this post. Daniel Heinrich made an appearance in court. He was named as a person of interest in the disappearance of Jacob Wetterling. The sight of Heinrich made my stomach turn. If you've lived in Minnesota for any length of time you've...

Might Have Been a Daddy’s Girl

I think I might've been a daddy's girl given the chance. I have always liked hanging out with the guys over gossiping with the girls. I never met my father. I know nothing about him. When I was young it took me a while to realize that was unusual. As I learned about...

A Time For Beginnings

Last week during a trip to Aldi I picked up a bulb vase. I've always thought these vases were neat windows into something we don't normally get to see. The deep purple hyacinth bulb's white roots dangled in the water and a half dozen green leaves shot upward. Tucked...

Let There Be Light

My son loves going to the dollar store. I'm sure it has something to do with knowing he might get a little something since after all, everything is just a dollar. Like lots of kids, he loves to hoard little collections. If he happens to tag along to the grocery store...

Dynamic Duo

There are a few kinds of couples. There are the couples that constantly bicker, the Al and Peg Bundys of the world. It is awkward to spend time with these couples, because you feel like you're in the middle of something you wanted no part of. Are they really fighting?...

“I don’t like when people minimize their gifts. There is a difference between humility and insecurity, and self-effacement does no one any favors.”

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Run Your Race

One of my unwritten goals for this year is to read a book a month. In my pre-parent life I'd come to enjoy a good book as a way to relax. In the nearly eight years since I've only managed to finish a handful of books. However, those books that I finished were filled...

Sense Of Belonging

A good portion of a couple days earlier this week was spent snuggled up on the couch with a sick little kiddo. The stomach sick portion was brief, so I dare say it was nice. It is so much easier to enjoy guilt-free afternoon television watching when not worried about...

The Fun Mom

Monday of this week was a no school day due to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. There was a happy boy in our home who lounged the morning away playing video games in his fuzzy robe. We probably should've marked the great man's day with something more educational. We did...

In the same way we must offer ourselves grace to love who we are today, rather than seek to be something or someone else.

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New Year

Hello keyboard. Hello readers. It seems as though I should introduce myself it has been so long since we've spent time together. To those of you who've sent me messages or wrote notes of encouragement in Christmas cards - thank you - oh my goodness I needed that! It...

Seasons

Along our driveway we have this odd shaped Amur Maple. Which is more of an over-grown bush than a tree or a shrub. Most of the year in blends in and goes unnoticed. But come each September is becomes the prettiest thing in our yard. It is situated in such a way that...

Oh The Places We’ll Go

Six days ago I got a new vehicle. Not new new, but new to me and ten years newer than my previous vehicle. My husband and I had been tossing around the idea of upgrading for a few months and I'd been looking online for a couple of weeks, but I was still surprised when...