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Feb 18

February 18, 2016

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Can You Love Me Anyway?

Can you love me anyway? (Fighting to Stay Married While Your Spouse Fights to Stay Alive)   “It’s okay if you don’t understand if you don’t get it, but can you love me anyway?” ~the spouse who is ill   Marriage is hard. You knew that already, right? Actually, all of what I’m about to say is probably nothing new for... Read more

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Feb 11

February 11, 2016

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How I Fought To Be A Better Mom

I know everyone thinks their kid is the best, I do. But if you just knew my oldest, I’m certain you’d agree.   He’s such a ridiculously good kid.   This is not something I feel I can take much credit for, as the fiber of Hayden’s being has always been inherently good.   He delights in celebrating people, loving extravagantly,... Read more

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Feb 8

February 8, 2016

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What It’s Like To Be Married To The Chronically Ill

Roses are red. Violets are blue. Sometimes I wonder how we get through. Life, that is. How do we (my wife and I) get through a life that requires an all-star team, when half the team is on injured reserve? How do I—in my dual role as coach—also juggle team morale issues, logistical concerns and what to do about all... Read more

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Jan 23

January 23, 2016

Can I Have A New Mom?

We Don’t Get to Pick

Yesterday was hard.   I just need to stick a stake in the cold, hard ground and mark that from the start.   Not so much because of what happened, as much as how it wrecked me.   From the time Avery was born, when I saw that fleshly little girl and took her in with majestic awe and wonder,... Read more

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Jan 10

January 10, 2016

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We’re All Going to Get Old One Day

We’re all going to get old one day. Has this thought occurred to you? I mean, wrinkled and saggy-skinned, snoring in the chair out in public, long ear hairs and all—old. I’m really not sure what to do with this. I see these people, sometimes frail, struggling to put on their jacket at the doctor’s office or to navigate the... Read more

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Jan 7

January 7, 2016

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Broken Together

How I wish we could go back to simpler times Before all our scars and all our secrets were in the light Now on this hallowed ground, we’ve drawn the battle lines Will we make it through the night? It’s going to take more much more than promises this time Only G-d can change our minds   Maybe you and... Read more

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Dec 30

December 30, 2015

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Bringing an End to Breaking the Broken

As I survey the landscape of my life over the last ten years, I can’t help but marvel. I have been the youth pastor’s wife, fallen from grace, turned newly divorced single mom. I’ve come to your churches as that newly single woman, as the teacher who struggled to support herself, to put food on the table or buy Christmas... Read more

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