The Only Formula for How I Mom is Love

The Only Formula for How I Mom is Love

Get your kids outside into nature with you  to explore. All ages. All stages. Take all the kids. Take just one kid, invite the cousins, go alone, invite a friend of theirs, invite a friend of yours. Go for an hour, go for half a day, go for the entire day. Go...

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The last time I saw my brother Thomas

The last time I saw my brother Thomas

I was realizing that we weren’t planning as much in the summers as a family since our five kids are in varied locations and stages of life this summer, and then July hit and I panicked: Summer is half over.  It made me stop to recognize that as kids get older and get...

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Just show up

Just show up

I was realizing that we weren’t planning as much in the summers as a family since our five kids are in varied locations and stages of life this summer, and then July hit and I panicked: Summer is half over.  It made me stop to recognize that as kids get older and get...

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Find your thing

Find your thing

I was in the wedding of my dear college friend Meri 25 years ago, and when Meri and her husband Ray started their family, Meri’s mom Mona would stay at Meri’s house to help her.Mona would cook the meals, wash and dry and fold laundry, hold Meri’s new baby, just be...

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Tell them that you miss them

Tell them that you miss them

While my husband and I were catching up with our friend Dirk at church last weekend, our 15-year-old son Gus was speaking to a gentleman who was seated one row behind us in the sanctuary. The gentleman had initiated a conversation with Gus, asking him questions about...

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“Where’s the rest of your house?”

“Where’s the rest of your house?”

            I grew up in a German household where working hard without complaining was a huge value we learned. When I complained about having to do a task, my mom used to say to me, “Kopf Hoch,” which is basically German for “Keep your head up.” What that meant to...

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We wait for one another

We wait for one another

My neighbor Midori’s late husband Belton HJ Hamilton was the first African American to graduate from Stanford and the first African American assistant Attorney General in Oregon. I love visiting Midori. She’s the mother of two grown children whom she is so proud of....

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Help our Kids Believe that God Loves them

Help our Kids Believe that God Loves them

I was in the wedding of my dear college friend Meri 25 years ago, and when Meri and her husband Ray started their family, Meri’s mom Mona would stay at Meri’s house to help her.Mona would cook the meals, wash and dry and fold laundry, hold Meri’s new baby, just be...

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Having a Mary mindset in a Martha World

Having a Mary mindset in a Martha World

My first child and my only daughter was going to be in Germany for her 21st birthday as she was studying there, and so as I am not one to want to miss a party, I decided to fly to Europe to see celebrate with her. My 13-year-old at the time twins had never been on an...

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