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Slice of Life

Observations on my Hawaiian Adventure

We recently returned from a once-in-a-lifetime vacation in Hawaii. The islands are beautiful. The cities and communities we visited were clean and the people are welcoming and kind. I reflected on our trip in an essay for The Radiant Institute, a cohort offered at our home church. The assignment was to share a cross-cultural experience. I'm...

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FamilySlice of Life

Reflections: Springtime on a Creek Bank

Author's note: We've lived on our farm for 30 years. It's where we raised four children and birthed a family business. A few years ago, I wrote about my first impressions of what would become Springfield Farm, and how much that sparkling waterway represented my dreams for our life. I invite you back to that beautiful April day when I stood on...

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FaithSlice of Life

The Face of the Other Changes Everything

I took this photo of dry leaves two years ago on the last day of January and filed it on my laptop with the title "no snow". Where I live, a widespread blizzard that swept across Indiana and Michigan made up for past snow-free seasons. We got at least a foot of snow over the first three days of February 2022, and we still have plenty on the...

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Slice of LifeWriting

Expectations: Let It Be With Me

I’m a slow-buildup-to-Christmas kind of girl. One decoration at a time. And the tree shows up when I feel ready. No grand expectations here. “You do you” is my mantra when it comes to the holidays. While some are mixing twinkle lights with pumpkins, I’m protecting Thanksgiving’s autonomy like my life depended on it. Today, I broke out the...

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Slice of LifeWisdom

Good, better, best. Never let it rest.

I love American and Celtic folk music. In another season of life, I taught myself to play an Irish whistle and a lap dulcimer. I never mastered either one, but I enjoyed making “music”. Because I played for an audience of one, good was good enough. Until it wasn’t and I laid the instruments aside. I wonder how many things we pick up and lay...

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Writing

Quiet :: When Silence Means You’re Up To Something

Our homeschooling years were rarely quiet. With four boys whose ages spread across 10 years, moments of silence were usually cause for alarm. If they weren't sick or sleeping, the absence of noise in our home meant they were up to something. But occasionally, I would be surprised by a quiet that came from deep concentration. Whether it was a...

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Faith

Lenten Logos :: Praying with Jesus

Easter is my favorite holiday for so many reasons. Spring weather, baskets of candy, soft bunnies, pretty new clothes, colored eggs. All of it beats snow, darkness, a chubby Santa and the potential for gift disappointment (it's a thing) hands-down. My grown-up reasons for loving Easter have as much to do with Lent as they do with the...

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FamilyGood BooksSlice of LifeStory

Sunrise, Sunset. Swiftly Fly the Years

In the weeks before my son's birthday, I rummaged through two boxes of photos that hadn't been pasted into albums. I selected the best ones from his baby and little boy years, adding photos from the awkward times, from basketball, piano lessons, graduation and, most recently, with his significant other. I had decided to send him some memories as a gift for his birthday.

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FaithGood BooksSlice of LifeStory

The Christianity of Abundant Living

When you find a kindred spirit, the smart thing to do is to stay in touch. Traci Rhoades stood out in the crowd of aspiring writers at a conference we both attended a decade ago. I thank God that Traci had the same gut instinct because our long-distance friendship has resulted in some rich conversations. It's with great joy that I celebrate...

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