Dear Maddy

  Dear Maddy,   You are the daughter of my dear friends. Your dad and my husband have been friends since they were three. Over the years our families have stayed close.   John and I met you when you were just a few weeks old and now you are three days...

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A Family Shaped by Grace

A Family Shaped by Grace - a book review    Last summer I was hanging out in a Colorado hotel room while my husband attended a conference.   I was scrolling through Facebook when I saw that a literary agent friend of mine had recommended a group called Hope...

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Mother’s Day—Tearful, Tough, or Tender

    Is Mother's Day happy or painful for you? For me, it's bittersweet because I lost my mom when I was 18. It took me years to grieve her loss. But nowadays I don't get stuck in the sadness because there are too many other things to be glad about. Recently...

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How To Ask For Help

“I’ll be there next week,” she said.   I felt the familiar sense of agitation creep in.   A person that I have a long history with is telling me something but not really telling me what she wants or needs. I find myself trying to read into it, hoping to fill...

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Hygge – The Word Everyone Is Talking About

Years ago I came across the Dutch word Gezelligheid. It doesn't really translate to English but it's similar to our word "cozy." I think it’s similar to Hygge, the word everyone is talking about. I wrote a lot about it in my book Renewed.   My favorite word for...

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