Category Archives: Life & Faith

A New Direction

At Christmas I started reading the book “Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communications of the Dying.” I was just twenty pages into it when I came to the realization that what I want to do with my counseling degree is work in palliative care. I’ve known for a long time that I […]

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Beds and Dirt and the Body of Christ

A bit of a rough day in these parts, today. The kids had a sleepover last night and they are being total bears today because of it. I guess it’s been a long week for all of us, getting back into scheduled, school life. There’s been crankiness all around. And when these days happen, I […]

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I Don’t Want to Forget This

Standing in my doorway my friend, in her white winter coat with the black night behind her, shivers in the cold and says, “You are a treasure, and that’s the pill you need to swallow.” You are a treasure. You are a treasure. You are a treasure. Hmmm… I realized a few months ago that […]

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This morning we celebrated Sinterklaas (a day early) with the kids — which is the Dutch equivalent of Christmas, except that it’s about Sinterklaas and not Jesus. When Madeline was a baby I was adamant that she would never believe in Santa Claus and that that should never be a part of Christmas. But somewhere […]

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If Oprah were here, she’d be saying, “This is big. Oh. Big. Big.” I’ve got a few sessions left to do with a counselor to finish up my Practicum course, and today I had a breakthrough. And, like most meaningful breakthroughs, it started with a breakdown… or at least the talk of breakdown. You see, […]

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Freedom: Choice or Gift?

Last Friday’s session with my counsellor consisted of a lot of crying. I was still exhausted from a week of being sick. I was overcome with a whole bunch of emotions. And when I’m tired I am even more prone to cry than I am normally, which is already a lot. I was not a […]

Posted in Family, Life & Faith, Motherhood, Parenting | 11 Comments


Yesterday and today have not been the greatest days for our little family. It seems like we just can’t get along or show any love. The older kids’ rudeness and disobedience was punished yesterday by being told that they could only play with paper for the rest of the day. They rose to the occasion […]

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Another Perspective

A few days ago Marc found a Word Cloud of the Bible via Scot McKnight. We both really liked it,  and I’ve been thinking about it off and on since then. Last night before bed (because, without fail, I am inspired to write a post as soon as I’m done brushing my teeth at night), […]

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Darcy, Elizabeth, and Not Knowing

I’m reading Pride and Prejudice for, I don’t know, the sixth or seventh time. I had just sat down (my feet comfortably resting on an ever-growing pile of clean laundry on my bed) and was at the scene where Darcy proposes to Elizabeth when I found myself thinking,”Don’t forget. They get married in the end. […]

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Bathtubs, Funerals, Christmas & Love

Don’t tell my mom, but I’m writing this blogpost from her bathtub. I promise I won’t get electrocuted. The laptop is secure on top of a stool on top of a chair an arm’s length away from the tub. I’ll be fine. I’ve been sick since the night of Christmas Eve. It hasn’t been the […]

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