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I’m Jennifer — wife of an Iowa farmer, mom to two girls, new book author. I believe in you, because I believe in Jesus. You matter to Him, and you matter to me. more »

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Tuesday 18th July 2017

What an Old Farmer Teaches Us About True Hospitality

What an Old Farmer Teaches Us About True Hospitality

This is my friend Helmer. He’s an old farmer who lives up the road from us. If you drove from our farm to his, you’d pass by the country church where we worship together on Sunday mornings. There are a lot of things I love about Helmer. The way he sings hymns by heart – […]

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Friday 14th July 2017

A Mid-Summer Manifesto for Anyone Who Thinks She’s Failing

A Mid-Summer Manifesto for Anyone Who Thinks She’s Failing

According to my to-do list, I’m failing at Summer 2017. I have blown so many self-imposed deadlines. Major goals on my list remain unmet. Even small projects around the house have been backburnered. With the kids home, my day is a symphony of constant interruptions, sounding like the clatter of ...

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Monday 10th July 2017

Scared? Here’s why you shouldn’t take the Chicken Exit.

Scared? Here's why you shouldn't take the Chicken Exit.

Our family visited an amusement park every summer when I was growing up. My favorite ride: a rollercoaster called the Tornado. Ironically, it was also the ride I dreaded the most. When I stood in line with my dad, I lived in the tension of wanting to get on the ride, but fearing I would ...

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Monday 3rd July 2017

the best thing we can do for each other this 4th of July

sea to shining sea, fourth of july

There’s this moment I keep thinking about lately, as we prepare to celebrate the birth of our nation. It happened a couple years back, and it was this simple moment, nothing flashy, nothing that would make headlines. But it was a moment I won’t forget. Anna and I sat on a long bench ...

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Tuesday 27th June 2017

If you’re feeling weak or defeated, try this.

windshield, rear view mirror

He just wanted to walk again. That’s been his prayer for months now. If all went as planned, Dad would finally get to stand upright again. He texted me from the the passenger seat of his car, while Mom drove. They were on their way to Mayo Clinic to meet with Dad’s prosthetic team. ...

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