Category: Family

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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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Wednesday 24th July 2013

#TellHisStory: A Letter to Daughters

#TellHisStory: A Letter to Daughters

Dear Daughter, You brushed up against me in the kitchen last night, when you were browning hamburger and I was chopping garden radishes. Right then, I remembered all the times we’ve melted into each other over your eleven years on earth: in the nursery rocker; nestled in your tiny hospital bed ...

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Wednesday 10th July 2013

#TellHisStory: A Story about a Little Girl and Her Bible

#TellHisStory: A Story about a Little Girl and Her Bible

Lydia is 11 years old now. I’m guessing she must have been seven or eight when she went a little bit crazy with a green highlighter on the pages of her Bible. She marked up page after page, line after line, in her first “big people” Bible. It happened a few weeks after she ...

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Thursday 9th May 2013

What to Expect When You’re Expecting (For All the Mamas Out There)

What to Expect When You're Expecting (For All the Mamas Out There)

I am holding a butter knife in my left hand, thinking I could use it to slice through the expectancy hovering in this kitchen. My daughter, Lydia, drums her fingers on the breakfast bar, while her neglected oatmeal hardens on the edge of the bowl. “I’ve got it!” She pushes her glasses up ...

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Monday 6th May 2013

How To Build Your Dream House

How To Build Your Dream House

Dear House-Builder, This is the letter I would have written to you eleven years ago, when you started framing up the walls of our home, if I knew then what I know now. Remember how I fussed over whether to lay tile or wood floors, whether to paint the kitchen that dark Georgia brick, or... Read More

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Friday 3rd May 2013

Motherhood: In Sickness and In Health (A Mother’s Day Tribute)

Motherhood: In Sickness and In Health (A Mother's Day Tribute)

I lay in a feverish curl, dressed in footie pajamas while Mom watched mercury rise in a thin glass tube. With one hand, she held a thermometer under my tongue, and with the other, she stroked terrycloth – damp and cool – across my throbbing brow. Today – nine days from Mother’s Day – this... ...

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Wednesday 6th March 2013

Gladys (Patron Saint & Spiritual Midwife)

Gladys (Patron Saint & Spiritual Midwife)

Aunt Gladys seemed more ready for Heaven than anyone I ever knew, but even when her body begged to go, she demanded more time on Earth. She told us that she was determined to outlive her four siblings. She saw herself as a sort of caretaker, I guess. So, she would will that heart of hers to ...

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