I am not my husband’s shadow.

March 13, 2016 at 8:02 pm (General, Literary, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

 

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I have dreamed so strongly of you.
I have walked so much, talked so much
So much I have loved your shadow
That there now remains for me nothing more of you,
It remains with me to be a shadow among shadows
To be a hundred times darker than the darkness
To be the shadow that will come and come again
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Raising the Perfectly Imperfect Child

March 12, 2016 at 11:21 am (Literary)

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Balanced. That is the word I would use to describe this book. Boris Vujicic takes a really tough topic and manages to balance the toughest parts of parenting with the bright spots; the practical insights with just plain encouragement; the emotional struggle with the physical and financial struggles.

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To 12, or Not to 12?

February 2, 2015 at 8:00 pm (General, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , )

12th Man Flag on the Space Needle.

Photograph 12th Man Flag on the SpaceNeedle by Tracie Howe on 500px

So I’ve been hearing a great deal of Seahawks censure lately, ranging from a chastisement of Christians making the 12 an idol all the way to anger over “bandwagonners” (those fair-weather fans who only don the 12th man persona when the Seahawks make the championships). Read the rest of this entry »

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Are New Years Resolutions Bad? 4 Aspects to Consider Before Your Year Continues.

January 3, 2015 at 7:49 pm (General) (, , , , , , , )

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More than ever this year it seems that New Year’s resolutions are getting a bad rap. People talk about how resolutions distract you from what’s really important or they are disillusioning when we can’t keep them up all year. The more I think about it, though, the more I realize that resolutions done right are like lifeguards.

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Exercise ’til You Rise

October 4, 2014 at 7:00 pm (General) (, , , , , , , , , )

Ever heard the phrase “exercise til you drop”? How about “no pain, no gain”? We are pretty well acquainted with the idea that strength can only come with hard work. And any of us who have tried to go that route know that the strength you build up from exercising only lasts as long as you keep up the regimen.

Not oft considered is the same strength matrix in our spiritual life.

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A Scattered Heart

August 18, 2014 at 12:00 pm (Missions, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

 

A piece of my heart lives in Chile.

A piece of my heart lives in Chile with these boys.

I officially have pieces of my heart scattered all over the globe. When I look back across my travels I see a little plywood house in Ensenada with a neighborhood of kids who love soccer, a quiet seminary campus in the heart of Lima, a small shop-owner on a warm beach in the D.R., a Saturday of summer chores in Jalisco, and the biggest family you ever did see at la reunion in Chile.

I have friends from around the world who’ve touched my heart and taken a piece back home with them to Japan, Germany, Spain, and Saudi Arabia. And I’ve got teammates living in almost every state of the Union.

Sometimes I wonder why.

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Chile – Day Eleven

June 30, 2014 at 4:08 am (Missions) (, , , , , , , , , )

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The mural is done! We painted an apple tree with Mt. Rainier in the background to represent our church in Washington near a Chilean wine palm with the Andes behind. It’s a pretty great representation of the partnership we have had with this wonderful place.

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Chile – Day Nine

June 28, 2014 at 12:28 pm (Missions) (, , , , , , , , )

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I have to be quick tonight because our host family had a surprise birthday party tonight. All the cousins and aunts and uncles were here in this tiny house! Even grandma.

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Chile – Day Eight

June 27, 2014 at 1:15 pm (Missions) (, , , , , , , , , , )

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Today we visited the schools that are part of the IberoAmerican family. The kids were so surprised to see gringos in their classroom!

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Chile – Day Six

June 25, 2014 at 5:38 pm (Missions) (, , , , , , , , )

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Our schedule today got a little mixed up when the school called to cancel our puppet show appearance. I was a little miffed at first, because we had practiced for the puppet show, but when the baking workshop began for the women, we were surprised!

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