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The Benefits of Outdoor Play (Kids’ Club Intro)

**Someone hacked my website last night with a PRIVATE post about mud cakes. Mud cakes, of all things. I was deeply concerned until my daughter confessed that she was the culprit. When did she learn how to post something onto a blog? Seriously, children these days seem to be born with the natural ability to use […]

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Field Trip: Boyce Thompson Arboretum

You wouldn’t know it by looking at it, but right in the middle of the desert, in the midst of Picketpost Mountain, lies a place of profound peace and beauty. With its countless plants and trees, Boyce Thompson Arboretum is the ultimate oasis in the Arizona desert.   WHAT IS BOYCE THOMPSON ARBORETUM?   According […]

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Family

A Day In The Life: The Spaghetti Mess

Have you ever had a mealtime disaster in your home? We have, and it’s what we refer to as “The Spaghetti Mess”. Here’s how it played out: We’d had this conversation countless times. “Katie, please sit at the table and stop following me around the house with your plate of food in hand asking me […]

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Authentic Connection

A Day In The Life: An Afternoon In The Park

As one who is passionate about genuine connection, I found it impossible to hide my delight recently while spending an afternoon in the park. Children were seen everywhere–on the playground, at the ball courts, barefoot in the grass. But what really made my heart smile was the sight of the parents who, without any visible […]

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Authentic Connection

Dear Diary: Focusing on Others

Dear Diary, I have to say that it just feels so good to love others, to invite them into our home, to sometimes disagree with their choices, but to love them all the same. We had 20+ people in our home last night for an Italian Buffet and Fellowship Night. We met some people for […]

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Happy New Year! (and my One Word)

 A NEW YEAR   A ten second countdown, the drop of a crystal ball, and just like that, one year is over and another has begun.   Turning the page on one’s life brings with it a mixture of emotions. Some good; some bad. As I turn from the dimly-lit past to focus on a […]

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Faith

Broken Pieces To Mend: I Don’t Trust God

Crackle. Crack! Crunch… Shards of nut shell fall to the table as my child giggles in delight. He reaches through the broken pieces of shell to retrieve his reward–a round, crunchy hazelnut, perfectly-sized for his small mouth. Crunching the nutty morsel between his tiny teeth, he gives little thought to the broken pieces surrounding him […]

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Mounds of Love: Evidence Of An Adventurous Life

  There we stood. In the kitchen. My husband looked at me for a moment and then moved his eyes back to the floor. We gazed in wonder at the monstrous mound of miscellaneous items that was lying at our feet, the result of having just swept the kitchen floor. “How is it possible for […]

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