Category: Family

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Sunday 20th October 2013

Hope for the Dark and Hard Days (And a Book Giveaway)

Hope for the Dark and Hard Days (And a Book Giveaway)

A Letter to Myself Three Years Ago by Kimberlee Conway Ireton Some days you want to curl up after your morning cup of tea and fall back asleep. Some days you’re so tired you don’t even want to drag yourself out of bed for the cup of tea that keeps you going through the day.... Read More

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Thursday 10th October 2013

If You Think Your Story is Too Ordinary

If You Think Your Story is Too Ordinary

She thought her story was too ordinary. Especially compared to the others. Which is always the way we decide that our story, our dream, our accomplishment, our faith testimony, our ( _______ ) doesn’t amount to much. We set our own story — dreadfully dull — up next to the ...

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Wednesday 18th September 2013

#TellHisStory: A Love Letter for All the Second-Borns

#TellHisStory: A Love Letter for All the Second-Borns

I loved you instantly, of course. It was the second time in my life that a delivery-room nurse had placed a wrinkled newborn girl in my arms. When my lips brushed across your cheek, I knew it would be a cinch to love you as much as I loved your big sister. But I knew I’d... Read More

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Friday 13th September 2013

How to Be a World-Changer

How to Be a World-Changer

I’m writing in a small office — in a tucked-away corner of Iowa — where my walls are decorated with dusty, framed degrees and old awards that nobody remembers anymore. For all the obvious reasons, I used to think that changing the world happened somewhere on the way to the ...

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Monday 9th September 2013

The Burden of Mama-Guilt

The Burden of Mama-Guilt

So, if anyone’s handing out Mother of the Year awards, they can leave this woman off the list of nominees. That’s what I was thinking about myself over the weekend. Truth be told, I’d pretty much lost rights to that award a while back. Probably on the day when I found those ...

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Friday 6th September 2013

You’ve Been Invited to the Table

You've Been Invited to the Table

So, I’ve been having this dream. And in the dream, there’s a long table stretching out under an open sky. The heavens are coated with stars, so many that we don’t need to light the ivory tapers that I twisted into those crystal holders. The table is covered in a white cloth ...

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Tuesday 3rd September 2013

#TellHisStory: The More Things Change

#TellHisStory: The More Things Change

I see it all with startling clarity, right before the last bit of daylight slips under those yellowing fields, all swaying like a lion’s mane. I stand still, with my arms crossed, a fair distance away, watching my two daughters and a dozen other 4-H children out by the fence at a neighbor’s ...

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Monday 26th August 2013

How to Live a Remarkable Life

How to Live a Remarkable Life

“It all makes perfect sense now.” Those were the words that an editor at The Des Moines Register emailed me. For more than a decade, the editor admitted, he thought I was a little bit nuts to step off the front page into a life of obscurity on an Iowa farm. “I always shook my ...

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Friday 2nd August 2013

When A Mother’s Grand Summer Plans Get Rearranged

When A Mother's Grand Summer Plans Get Rearranged

I am one of those good-intentioned mothers who makes a list the start of every summer of all the wholesome and educational activities I’ll do with the girls through the summer. I buy glossy math workbooks in May, hoping that the extra work will help the children retain what they learned ...

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Sunday 28th July 2013

How To Conquer Your Fear

How To Conquer Your Fear

  “If you can’t chase your monster away, then maybe you could invite it into the room.” This is what I tell her when she’s crying in my arms. Her whole body shudders as we curve together into a crescent, under her Tinkerbell blanket. The glow of lamplight slants ...

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