May 12, 2017
Hey, Mama.

I have a really phenomenal mom. Mother’s Day always reminds me of this, but I have lots of reminders all the time. Here are a few of the biggies. One: This: We are living in the time of graduations and senior photos, and can I just mention that everything is better now? The parties are … Continue reading “Hey, Mama.”

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July 1, 2016
Take Courage

Meet Karley. Karley is Thea’s best friend. They are two peas of the very same pod. They giggle about things no one else understands. They talk at each other for hours, hardly pausing to take a breath and seeming to understand each other, even though they talk at the same time. Their goodbyes last for … Continue reading “Take Courage”

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April 22, 2016
Prince

Let’s talk about Prince. He was a genius. Also, the hair.  (Please note: This is Prince’s most recent passport photo. MY most recent passport photo was taken when I was pregnant. I’m so happy I get to use it for a decade!) But Prince. And the high heels. And the fact that for awhile he … Continue reading “Prince”

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March 25, 2016
Amazing Grace

Today is Good Friday. This term, “Good Friday,” has caused no shortage of consternation at our dinner table over the years.  “What is good about Good Friday?”  Thea has a particular issue with the terminology. “Jesus died! A horrible, mean, painful death! He died and He didn’t even do anything wrong! It should be called … Continue reading “Amazing Grace”

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September 12, 2013
Hungry for More

A week ago, the five of us joined up with a great group of folks and packed meals for hungry people. Have you heard of Meals from the Heartland? We Iowans grow a lot of food. Not to brag or anything, but we pretty much crush the Growing Food category. We’re really good at it. … Continue reading “Hungry for More”

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August 1, 2013
Sick in July, and Other Questions for God

We are recovering from a bit of nasty over here. All three kids came down with some version of, as Thea calls it, “the pukes.” As in (to her terrified VBS volunteer): “I wish I would have been here yesterday when you had popcorn for a snack. But I couldn’t because I had THE PUKES.” … Continue reading “Sick in July, and Other Questions for God”

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June 28, 2013
Hannah Mae The Courageous

Last weekend we traveled north to attend the best birthday party ever. It was for Hannah. I, for one, am so glad I get to write this story instead of speak it as I can’t seem to talk about Hannah without going into the snort-cry. We are long-time friends of Hannah’s parents, Sandi and Dave. … Continue reading “Hannah Mae The Courageous”

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May 23, 2013
Much love to you, Moore, Oklahoma.

Tornadoes hold no glamour for me.  Photo credit I hated the movie Twister (and only partly because the lame-o script made me whimper). I’ve had to talk each of my children down from the ledge during tornado warnings. And yellow skies and temperature drops will always make me nervous. I come by this aversion genetically. When … Continue reading “Much love to you, Moore, Oklahoma.”

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March 18, 2013
We Are Family

 Take a gander at this lovely girl. My niece. Jada Rae. So stinking cute, it’s nearly painful.I adore her, as I do her mama, her daddy, and her brother. Jada is recovering from a big-dog surgery she underwent last week to repair her cleft palate. I am in awe of smart doctors and their moxie … Continue reading “We Are Family”

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