Friends :: The One With the Spontaneous Girl

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The scene opens on a small town library, in a room with that familiar book smell, but a bit louder than the rest of the library. It is filled with young parents and their small children. We're sitting on the oversized carpeted steps that go around the room and up like amphitheater seats. We're … [Read More...]

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Friends :: The One with the Lone Ranger

The scene opens on a quaint coffeehouse called, "Central Perk," in New York City. Three girls and three guys are sitting on the worn rose colored sofa and a couple chairs. Oversized mugs of warm coffee occupy their hands as they joke, laugh, share, cry, and sometimes give a whack upside the head of … [Read More...]

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New Mercies

There is something so fresh and wonderful about the start of a new year. As I jot down a few goals and plans, it's like I am getting a fresh start. A new year. A chance to change what I didn't love about last year. January always feels full of life and hope. There is nothing I love more than getting … [Read More...]

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What I Want My Children to Love about Christmas

Christmas time is my favorite time of year, and as far as I can remember, it always has been. I always looked forward to Christmas time. I remember doing an advent calendar with my parents, and getting to be part of the advent readings at church. I remember matching Christmas Eve dresses, going … [Read More...]

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Living Faithful

Have you ever thought about how being strong and being faithful are intertwined? There are non-believers who think that faith and religion are used as "crutches" by weak people. Guess what? We're all weak people. A Bible study I was doing recently looked at the difference between strong and … [Read More...]

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How to Prep Your Home for the Holidays

Thanksgiving is NEXT WEEK, and we all know that Christmas is right around the corner. It's hard to NOT see the amount of Christmas decor, Black Friday ads, and depending on where you live, the cold weather. (Every year I question why we live in Illinois!) The holiday season can be a busy time, but … [Read More...]

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Faithful is He

Do you know those times...have you had those times...in your walk with God when you're confronted with yourself? There isn't a major life circumstance necessarily. There's only deepening in relationship with Him, coming closer to His heart, closer to the Holy One. In coming closer, His holiness … [Read More...]

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Give Thanks: Free Wallpaper Download

2 years ago I designed a sweet little Give Thanks printable download for free and was inspired this evening as we enter November and the month of Giving Thanks. please feel free to download the images below and place on your desktop as a simple reminder this month to Give Things in … [Read More...]

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What My Dog Taught Me About Life

A week ago today, I said good-bye to my first dog, Delia.  My husband and I drove all the way to North Carolina to get her the Fall after we were married.  She has been a fixture in our home, in our marriage, and in our family for 10 years.  I couldn't help this week but reflect on how much I'd … [Read More...]

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Costumes in Your Closet

Hey there, friends! So, here is my dilemma. I like dressing up for Halloween, given the chance. I think it's fun! However, I don't really have the budget to go out and put together a costume. Even a trip to Goodwill can break the bank, depending on what you want to do, and why spend money on … [Read More...]

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There is No Status Quo in Marriage

There is really nothing in the world which flourishes with neglect. Not your house.  Not your kids.  Not your retirement accounts, or your friendships, or your rose bushes. And not your marriage. Trouble is, we often don't think we are neglecting our marriages.  We see each other.  We watch … [Read More...]