Tag Archives: hope

a true story of hope: the world is smaller than we think

When I hear of the Syrian refugee crisis, I often think of my great-grandparents, who fled Germany with their two young daughters during WWII. Their ability to resettle in the U.S. was only because of the kindness, compassion, and generosity of an Iowa … Continue reading

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all of God's children

That sweet boy up there? That’s my beautiful son who hasn’t yet experienced the dirt and pain of this world. Sometimes, I can’t write. The crushing burdens of this broken world feel like they’re physically pushing down my words. #icantbreathe … Continue reading

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the conversations we need to have

In light of all that’s trending online right now about a certain person coming from a conservative, extremely large family, my heart has been heavy. I have no interest writing about pseudo-celebrities or drudging up drama. And I certainly don’t … Continue reading

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for the mothers

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” As we celebrate Mother’s Day, I think about the wisdom nestled into this African proverb. I look at this photo of women living across … Continue reading

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hope springs forth: it is good

I woke up to a toddler in fuzzy footie PJs lying on top of me, and rolled over to meet my other son’s little brown toes aiming for my face. Throughout the night, we managed to attract a two-year-old, a four-year-old, and an over-weight … Continue reading

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my word for 2015

I watched the streets littered with paper confetti, the last bits of celebration swept into piles, destined for giant trash bins. The lingering partiers stumbled home and staff got to work tearing down the barricades. Just an hour before, rosy-cheeked crowds … Continue reading

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so very merry

Can you believe it? Christmas is here! I’ve taken a bit of a blogging break here in December. I’ve been fingerpainting Christmas trees and frosting snowman cookies and experiencing advent through the eyes of two little ones, and it’s been … Continue reading

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