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much mulch

After nearly fifteen years as Californian transplant to New England, I still find myself caught off guard when the seasons change. In September, I forget that bare toes are no longer practical. In May, I have boots, coats, and gloves languishing near the door waiting for their yearly rest. The first snow fall and the […]

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a supermarket story

I began my grocery shopping career in college. Having moved out of the dorms and into an apartment, my roommate and I began to cook for ourselves. Cooking seemed feasible but the trip to the supermarket proved to be more challenging than I thought. How much food should I buy for the week? What price […]

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off the floor

It started with a simple goal: get those clothes off the floor already! An not-to-be named pre-teen had the kind of room that makes mothers cry. A narrow path of carpet ran from doorway to bed to dresser. To be fair, it was winter’s fault. Winter brought snow which piled up on our roof and […]

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the slow ascent

Hello. I am laughing to myself about the tone of peace and calm from the last post. I certainly don’t feel that today! We are in conference/retreat/travel season around here. From now until the end of March at least one member of the family will have attended two conferences, two retreats, one out of state […]

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clothed in scarlet

It is a rare occasion that I feel (note: “feel” not “am”) like the Proverbs 31 woman. After sending the kids out in 30 degree weather, this verse came to me. She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household are clothed in scarlet. Proverbs 31:21 I don’t know the significance […]

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the informal education

Since last I wrote here, I have been praying over my passions and my calling. I inquired about part-time work. I looked up auditing classes at nearby Tufts University. I sought godly advice. I commiserated with other women in my situation. I investigated degree programs. After all that, I have felt God confirming one thing–the […]

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training week–a typical day for the rest of us

After I posted the training week schedule, I thought should also share a typical day for the kids and I. Our days are far less structured, though we still have lessons and activities to do. The best description would be that I’m conducting a week of homeschooling for the kids on the topic of missions. […]

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the winter of our discombobulation

The certain thing about New England is that the weather is uncertain. My uncle likes to quote a phrase, “If you don’t like the weather just wait a minute.” That is what it’s like here: sunny and clear one day, dark and brooding another, temperatures can dip or climb by 20 degrees from day to […]

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eating words

Thanks for the tips and suggestions on my calendar issue. In the end, I realized I needed to have at least a month of appointments on a portable calendar and that I dislike having to enter things in more than once. So e swooped in and set me up with a hand-me-down smartphone that can […]

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help, please?

I usually don’t do this but I could use the help of the handful of people that read this blog. This month has been a (somewhat) harsh reminder that I need to better organize my calendar. Right now I keep a google calendar. The problem is that I am not consistent about updating or referring […]

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