is your life on hold?

Have to chuckle just a bit. This Mommy Blogging is having a few effects on my Momming Life. For one, I was so busy typing my last post on the balcony yesterday morning that I didn’t realize my kids were still sleeping until 9 minutes before the bus (tuk-tuk) came to take us to school. Oops. And since I’m blogging about Mommy Things instead of injustice & what have you, my thoughts & feelings have to …

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non-denominational motherhood

That’s the title of one of my favorite chapters in Changing Your World One Diaper at a Time, and I got soooo much mileage out of it in my decade-long speaking career. Because comparing ourselves to other moms is a disease we just can’t seem to cure. Hold on a second. (We interrupt this Mommy Blogging for a Public Service Announcement. At church yesterday, it was Baby Dedication day. So sweet, so happy. But while …

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memory lane

memory lane

I had a moment yesterday. Actually a succession of moments. Moments where the fact that my girlies are growing up–and growing up FAST–just slammed into me like a 50-lb bag of rice. First, my friend Krysten shared this post about how 936 pennies will forever change how you parent. I wasn’t going to click on the link, because, for the most part, I stopped reading Mommy blogs forever ago. But I was curious about the …

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life in acrostic

So, we’ve been in Cambodia SIX MONTHS already–wow! Immersed in language study, drowning a bit, working on the side, busy. X is always a fun letter in an acrostic–xylophone, Xavier? Moto wreck for Gabe–healing has been a pain but could have been loads worse. Ocean is beautiful–we just spent a 3-day weekend soaking it up. New level of Khmer School (4!) is a beast. Two rounds of visitors in one month with one more set …

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my (incomplete) thoughts on gay marriage

In the past four days I have filled up 21 pages in my journal. It might just be a new record. Most of it are my scribbled thoughts, ideas, prayers, & struggles with the church’s response to the SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States, if you’re not good with acronyms) decision to make same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. For the record, I support the decision 100%. And I still love Jesus and …

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19 June 2012

I’ve mentioned before that I’m working on an e-book about life with Gabe’s anxiety (so far, so not pretty). Came across this in my journal and wanted to share: 19 June 2012, 4:28pm I have got to get this down on paper, but I don’t even know where to start. Holy cow. PRAISE YOU, JESUS!! Let me just start with the craziest, most awesome part. Gabe took a walk this morning. We were gone, the …

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sam

There’s a really sweet kid I want you to meet. His name is Sam. He’s 15 years old and the cutest thing you’ve ever seen. Tall, lanky, big blue eyes, a splash of freckles, light brown hair that used to be longish and flop over his eyes, but then he got it cut, and it’s adorable and makes him look 12. He’s the kind of kid who loves to read and hold babies, and he’s learning …

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epaphroditus

epaphroditus

The Bible tells a really cool (but short) story about a guy named Epaphroditus. He’s not as well-known as his friend, Paul, but he played a pretty big role in Paul’s life. Paul was under house arrest in Rome, and the church in Philippi sent him a care package of gifts with Epaphroditus. (Philippians 4) Our family isn’t under house arrest, and we don’t live in Rome, but we ARE far away from our church home …

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depression & suicide (part 2)

depression & suicide (part 2)

Continuing our series on a hard topic. Today’s story of a life lived with depression is extra-dear to my heart. It’s my friend Delaine’s story, told in her own words (and you’ll see that she’s got a beautiful way with them). Dela and I have been friends for a few years, and she’d shared some hard stuff with me, but I never knew the extent of it. Her story is heartbreaking yet hopeful, and I …

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depression & suicide (part 1)

Once upon a time, I thought suicide was a choice people made when they were too selfish to suck it up and find a solution for their pain. Just think of all the aching, grieving people they left behind while they got to escape, be free. How could they DO such a thing? Selfish, selfish, selfish. (Once upon a time, I had a lot of very-most-absolutely-true, solid, immovable, unshakeable, don’t-mess-with-my-carefully-constructed-box-thanks ideas. I knew many, many, …

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