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  I have four children. When one of them is upset she can make a ruckus. A loud, whiny, complainy ruckus. And when there is a clashing of ideas of how things should go or did go, often many voices speak at once. There is so much noise I can't hear the truth. And the […] Read More

Pretty Quote, Tammy Strait

I met Tammy Strait in real life last summer when I was on a family vacation visiting my friend Krista in Idaho. Krista and Tammy are neighbors and one day during our trip Tammy and her 3 sons came over for lunch. It was casual yet hardly superficial. Because though we were meeting  face to […] Read More

cat and bird

Today I have a blog post at MOPS’ Hello Darling blog. I originally titled it When Silence Screams ‘I Love You’ because sometimes when no words are spoken you’re able to more clearly hear the message of care. It’s a story of when friends loved me and my children with actions more than words. And […] Read More


It had been the end of a difficult stretch. Not of days or weeks - but months. Sick parents and strained bank accounts left my husband, Derek, and me in a perpetual state of exhaustion. Throw in some major life stressors, and the good times weren’t exactly rolling at our house. We needed to be […] Read More

Ten reasons why turning 40 is better than turning 30 Last week I hit a milestone, well actually a milestone toward a milestone. I hit the month countdown to my 40th birthday. Now in a matter of weeks plus a few days I will have a birthday that honestly I am dreading. Why? I’m not […] Read More

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