He Walks Alongside Me, Carrying My Burdens

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Last Sunday was a difficult day for my ten-year old daughter. Daylight savings fell on her morning to deliver the paper. Normally she would have little trouble adjusting to the time change, but she had participated in a dance competition over the weekend and was physically exhausted. I was proud of her when she emerged from the basement and began the process of collating and folding the huge Sunday papers. We left the house later than usual and walked very slowly. Instead of being her … [Read more...]

The Bumpy Road to Mother of the Year

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You may have heard that I was recently named the Idaho Young Mother of the Year. It was an honor and an experience that I will cherish always. However, I want to make one thing clear... The honor didn't come as a result of flawless parenting. Sometimes as moms we look around and think other moms have it all together. I know I have been guilty of such thoughts. And I know I've had feelings of self-doubt wash over me at times. But I've been around long enough to know that we all have … [Read more...]

A Different Kind of New Year’s Resolution

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Usually at this time of year I am knee deep in New Year's resolutions. Get organized. Lose weight. Save money. Learn something new. But this year I just feel differently. You see, over the holidays I had a little ah-ha moment. I was having a conversation with someone I had just met when I found myself saying something that was a distortion of the truth. It was an awkward little lie that I didn't even notice I was telling. It just came to me in that moment and so I said … [Read more...]

Thankful to Know I Need Him

Thankful to Know I Need Him

Not too long ago my husband and I took our eight children on an out-of-town adventure. We were packed snugly into the Suburban on an unfamiliar road in a secluded place at night. We could see only by the glow of our headlights and a sky full of stars. In that beautiful, peaceful setting a clunking sound emerged from the Suburban. Even without mechanical expertise we could hear and feel that something was wrong. I began to panic. Our cell phones had no service in this remote location and my … [Read more...]

LOVE: One Thing Is Needful

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Source: LOVE: One Thing Is Needful It was one of those days. I was in my pajamas at noon and there was a knock at the door. I looked around at the clutter and thought, “Good grief, maybe I’ll just pretend I’m not home.” But my four-year old scampered past me and threw the door open wide. There stood my neighbor Joyce, a big smile on her face. Immediately I was put at ease. I knew she was not there to judge my apparel or the state of my home. Rather she had come to give me a hug and a … [Read more...]