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Gratitude Friday: The Ministry of Not on My Watch…

Monday morning, I spent some time assembling bags filled with supplies for reading games. Index cards, poster board, markers, glue, scissors, plastic baggies. The usual stuff teachers use to make fun reading activities for their students. Only this wasn’t for a teacher, it was a non-profit educational foundation some dear friends own. Normally, these sorts

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Jael and the Ministry of Preparation…

In 2009 after years of waiting and thousands of dollars invested, we were finally pregnant with our miracle baby. I read all the books and articles and doctor’s pages in every single corner of the internet during those years of infertility. I could quote statistics about hormone levels and sperm counts like doctor appointment preparation

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Rahab and the Ministry of Broken People…

This past Christmas, my precious sister-in-law gave Saffron a book by Angie Smith about some of the women of the Bible, For Such a Time as This. It is simply stunning. The writing, the illustrations, the heart behind it all, just stunning. When Angie tells her story of becoming a Christian and learning about God, she

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Gratitude Friday: The Ministry of Zero…

In April 2013, my dad retired after 44 years with his company. Dad’s team hosted a retirement reception for him and Mom had spent months planning his retirement party for that weekend. Friends and family gathered to celebrate this wonderful man. My brother and I attended the company reception with Mom, who wore an emerald

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Gratitude Friday: Our If You Only Knew Stories…

One morning early on in our marriage, I woke up and thought, “BLAH. This marriage is not at all what I want.” There was nothing “wrong.” Dr wasn’t a “bad” husband and I don’t think I was a “bad” wife. It just felt…off. Not even a “we” felt off but an “it.” Marriage. It felt like

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Community Building: The Best Tools for Builders…

The other day as we were driving…somewhere…the kids were listing our “hobbies.” Saffron declared her hobby to be shopping. In response, both Dr and I quickly said, Shopping is NOT a hobby. She’s so me. A decade ago. Skillet said his hobby is to be “fierce.” And he is. Those sweet chubby cheeks just scream kissable

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Gratitude Friday: This is Me and This is You…

I’m about to confess something to you. Something that makes my husband say, “Because you’re dead on the inside,” (a la Chandler). I do not like musicals. Sorry. I don’t do awkward. And people randomly bursting into song feels SUPER awkward to me. Which is kinda odd since I have zero problem embarrassing my kids

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Gratitude Friday: Our Bag of Quarters…

When I opened up social media one morning this week, the first three posts were by friends fighting some of life’s hardest battles. Cancer, cancer, and flesh-eating bacteria. Yes, flesh-eating bacteria. In my email to our Builders this week, I shared a bit about my dad and the community of the waiting room. My dad

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