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    Noticing Patterns of Love and Loneliness in our Children

    “Good morning, class,” I said to the children seated around me. “Beginning today, we’re going to try something new.” I had captured their attention and now all eyes were on me.   Within each teacher lies the power to change the trajectory of the world—one student, one simple idea at…

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    How To Host A Tea Party Discussion In Your Home

    Last year my girls and I hosted our first Tea Party Discussion. We invited a few friends and neighbors to our home and kept the preparation simple. TEA PARTY DETAILS The girls decorated the tables with fresh flowers and handmade place cards, which added a personalized touch to the room.…

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    20 Simple Ways To Keep Your Mental Health In Check

    AN UNHEALTHY MIND This morning I awoke with a sensation I haven’t felt in a while. My brain didn’t feel right. I had neglected to keep my mental health in check. My central nervous system was out of whack. While my body was strong, my mind was not. I recognized…

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    Meet Your Neighbors: An Adventure Awaits

    Meet your neighbors.   It sounds intimidating.   Trust me–I know!   As an introvert, I get all nervous and shaky inside when it comes to introducing myself to strangers.   Nervous as Peter Rabbit in Mr. McGregor’s vegetable garden. Shaky as a lone brittle leaf hanging from a gnarled…

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    Family Traditions: Making This Holiday Season A Special One

    He was from Germany. His English was limited, but he needed assistance, so he made his way to the church where my father led a congregation. After a short visit with the man, my father learned that he was alone in our country, his family still in Germany. After making…

  • 25 Simple Ways to Warm the Hearts of Family, Friends, and Community

    After a heart-wrenching week of record-breaking violence and death in our country, I came across the following comment online:   “the world surely needs their hearts warmed. I look at what has happened in the last week in Ohio and Texas, and I certainly cannot discredit the notion that exposure…

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    Giants, Then and Now: Becoming a Covenant-Keeping People

    One day, in the midst of an election season, my 8-year-old son asked if, as a family, we could study the Old Testament. At first, I thought he was joking. He wasn’t. So we started on a slow and steady journey through the Old Testament, all the while feeling sure…

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    Smoke And Mirrors: A Letter To Our Local Firemen

    Fall is, by far, my favorite time of year. However, fall is also my nemesis, for it is usually during this time of year that I fall prey to the temptation to do all things creative. For instance, one fall season, this is what was simultaneously taking place at our house:…

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    The Fight For Freedom Deserves Our Last Ounce Of Courage

    The evening began with bowls of warm chili and trembling, nervous tummies.   True, my kids had spent the past few weeks in great anticipation of this Chili Dinner and Talent Show, but now that their turn to perform was quickly approaching, they were having second thoughts.   “What have we gotten ourselves…