i missed a day!!

In my former life, that would be reason enough to give up on this Blog-Every-Day-in-April gig. I missed a day! It’s over! I quit! (In my current life, it might also be reason enough. We’ll see.) I do know that I’m no longer a fan of writing something just to write something. It’s better when you’ve really got something to say. (Concept.) And, while I’m thinking many, many things, I don’t know that I should …

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thanks blanks

So, I pulled out my journal earlier this evening to write about something that was frustrating me. (My poor journal. It’s filled with angst upon angst upon angst.) It’s just kind of how I cope. As soon as something happens that’s yucky or painful or maddening or annoying or [insert negative descriptor here], I reach for my journal and pen. And I get it all out, and I can breathe again. It’s so much cheaper …

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our beautiful neighbors

our beautiful neighbors

 

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time marches on

We had a bit of a whirlwind day. Soccer this a.m. (a 2-1 victory which was much fun after a 6-0 loss earlier this week) on the southwest side of Columbus (we live on the NE side). 90-minute trip to Lima for a 90-minute Easter Egg Hunt/catching up/eating yummy snacks with Gabe’s aunt, uncle, and cousins on his mom’s side. Then a 15-minute drive to hang out (and eat some more) with Gabe’s fam on …

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thanks, Jesus.

I don’t really have any adequate words. I just want to thank you, Jesus, for loving me so much. Thank you for giving up everything for us. Thank you for not giving up on this world you made, for making a way to redeem it, us. I really, really want to give you everything I have, everything I am. I want to spend my whole life on you. I want people to see you shining …

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10 reasons NOT to simplify/purge/downsize

Hey, friends! I’m really super-duper excited about this Enough Experiment we’re going to do in May. I reeeeeally think it’s going to be just what the doctor ordered for so many of you. Yet, I can sense your hesitation. And I understand. Really. Because, even though I looooooove simplifying and purging and downsizing and only having just-enough, it’s NOT EASY. Heck, I’ve been at this thing for a few years now, and holy cow if …

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the enough experiment

Okay, friends. I’ve had an idea brewing, and a book I just read crystallized the vision for me. We’re going to do an experiment. Together. You. Me. All of us. (Well, only those of you who want to.) You might have figured out that I’m all about enough. Just enough. Having only what we need, selling/sharing the rest. Living simply that others might simply live. Minimalism. Simplicity. ENOUGH. I just finished this book on my …

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so tired

I’m usually a night owl, but I’m gonna have to hit the hay bale as soon as I hit “publish” tonight. Hoo boy. I think all this excitement is catching up with me. I also think I have a habit of saying yes when I should say no, biting off more than I can chew, that sort of thing. I’m sloooowly trying to tie up loose ends, get things paid off, finish projects, de-clutter once and …

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let’s give ourselves away

This post isn’t going to be profound. Or complete. It’s 7:00pm, and I haven’t started dinner. There will also be disclaimers. Like this one. Disclaimer: Yes, our family is doing some awesome things with our lives these days. But 1.) we can’t take an ounce of the credit. And 2.) it is absolutely not all love and happiness and unselfishness around these parts (TRUST ME). I’ve said before that I struggle with sharing stuff about …

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isaiah 61

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor;[a] he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;[b] 2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; 3 to grant to those who mourn …

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