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Will You Trust Me?

Looking through old Throwback Thursday photos is one of my favorite things to do on Facebook and Instagram. So I thought I'd do a different kind of Throwback Thursday, one that takes a look back at the most difficult season of our lives. The fact that our three Minnesota years were difficult wasn't hidden from my readers ~ but … Read More...

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Reinforcing Your Calling

New to the 2013 schedule, each team in the NFL plays a nationally televised Thursday night game. The preparation between the prior Sunday's game and the Thursday match-up is intense with one or more near all-nighters, but the weekend following the game becomes a mini-Bye with an enjoyable couple … [Read More...]

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30 Years of Us

  This weekend we will celebrate 30 years of marriage. 30 years makes us sound really old, but we sure don't feel old. 30 years is quite an accomplishment in this day and age of disposable everything. 30 years of marriage has been the single greatest accomplishment of my … [Read More...]

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So What’s It Gonna Be?

It's only appropriate when this was the view from my windshield this morning, April 4, that I speak about the elation we feel about the opportunity to leave Minnesota. However, in all fairness to this state I've found so difficult to love, the discomfort of the past three years here had far more to … [Read More...]

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My Praying Knees

Many a mom looks down at her stretched belly skin, her spit-up stained clothing, and blood-shot, sleep-deprived eyes and would trade none of them for the precious sleeping baby in her arms. Those external indicators of new motherhood are worn as badges of honor. Those badges are distant memories for … [Read More...]

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It Takes Very Little to Love

The Minneapolis area is home to quite a few corporate headquarters, the most significant for me being Target. As a result, Target stores in the Twin Cities area are usually in tip-top shape. They're well-stocked, well-run, and many of the Super Targets have made a push to be our one-stop shopping … [Read More...]

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My Little Porcupine

Do you have a porcupine? We do. Actually, we've got a sweet daughter whose turning 21 today, and she spent the better part of her teenage years as a porcupine. That's the image God gave me for her as I spent countless hours praying about her behavior. Porcupines actually have soft hair, but … [Read More...]

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Thanksgiving Leftovers

My philosophy for holiday celebrations has always been 'the more, the merrier.' Before we started coaching, we were living in the house we thought we'd live in forever back in Chicagoland.  The flow of the house, the finished walkout basement and the yard were all appointed with entertaining the … [Read More...]

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Halloween

This is the time of year I'm regularly asked my thoughts on celebrating Halloween as Christians, and I'm happy to share my response. Halloween has its roots as a Christian celebration. It originated as All Hallow's Eve, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallow's Day, which was a … [Read More...]

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Birthday Boy

                  Both the Baylor Bears and the Chicago Bears posted birthday greetings on their Facebook pages of the man I used to be married to. I've actually only had one husband, but over the last 35 years I've known … [Read More...]

Weeds and the HOA

The home we are are currently renting, I believe I mentioned before, is in a beautiful, gated Jack Nicklaus golf community. The houses are meticulously landscaped, each different in design and style, and the trees are mature and lush. That's part of the beauty of Minnesota ~ as soon as your bags are … [Read More...]

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Sights and Sounds of Summer, pt. 2 {MILEstones}

I was a card-carrying member of the "I Do Not Run" club. For anything. Several years ago we had a very short layover in Europe, for which we had to all-out sprint in order to make the flight, and I was ready to miss the flight instead of run that far. For as long as I can remember, I used to say … [Read More...]