Our 6th Grade Curriculum (The Thinking Tree) – and what we think so far

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More than a month of intentional heart-growing, mind-stretching learning – and I can’t help but smile and breathe it all in. It’s been amazing to wake up to this – the crazy beautiful that comes from teaching my half a dozen kids at home. A few short months ago I agonized over the amount of […]

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A Sneak Peek to our School Year

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Today was our first day of school for the year. We’ve got kindergarten, first, third, fifth, and sixth grades going on at out home. It’s the first time all of our children are in school. I find it this incredibly beautiful mixture of happy-sad. Oh, I am so grateful for a God who goes before […]

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Now She’s 7 Years Old

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She’s the girl that sparks sweet joy in our hearts. She’s the girl that teaches us more about love. She’s the girl that sings glorious songs every day. She’s the girl that shows us how to be brave. And I’m in awe of the ways that her beauty and her strength, her uniqueness and her […]

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life with this man – harder and much more beautiful than I ever could’ve dreamed

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Words etched out a year ago, but still so, so true today… The blanket spread out over the tall grass and there we sat searching for words to express what we were feeling. And I could’ve sworn that my beating heart was about to come thundering right out of my chest – for somehow we […]

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Today My Baby Turned 5

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Today I woke to your sweet giggles from the other room. And I smiled big at your excitement bursting. But it took just about all my strength to sing that birthday song to you this morning without letting the tears spill out. For somehow a half a decade’s worth of days have gone by, and […]

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He keeps stealing my heart

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So this guy – it’s been 14 years – and he just keeps stealing my heart every day. Our life together has been a joy. I couldn’t have asked for a better husband, friend, or father to my kids. Gabe, you make my heart skip a beat still, and I love walking this life with […]

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The Day She Turned 10

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I don’t know how in this crazy world a decade’s worth of days has gone by. Just yesterday I crawled right into that crib with you as your tears mixed with mine. And I prayed something fierce that you would sleep and that no one would see me curled up in those bars around this […]

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the words every mother needs to hear

The Words Every Mother Needs to Hear

For all of you mamas with precious little (and not-quite-so-little-anymore) ones that have filled your womb, your home, or your heart – your labor of love and prayers and kingdom work matters! “To the best mommy ever.” Words written in bright crayon after the morning of frustration and doors slamming and yelling over muddy footprints […]

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A Decade of Missing My Daddy

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It’s been a decade – forever ago and just yesterday all wrapped into one. And the memories are all faded and jumbled. But I remember my tummy. How the knots squeezed tight on my belly swollen so round that I couldn’t see over or around or through. And two babes toddled at my feet as […]

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12+ Favorite Activities for Easter (it’s all about Christ!)

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So, yeah, the story of Easter is tough. It is painful, soul-ripping, and gloriously beautiful. In the end we find it’s a story of deep sacrifice, extraordinary love, and ultimate victory. But getting to that point can be quite excruciating. At Christmas we fall in love with Jesus – God with us – right there […]

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