More Than a Bible

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My youngest daughter and I were waiting for someone inside a Christian bookstore.“Seems like everybody’s talking about that ESV Study Bible,” I said, pointing to the display. Hardback editions stood on end next to a stack of nicely bound versions boxed up and marked $75.“The church bought those for … [Read more...]

Food on Fridays: Please Eat Greens

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(smaller button below)Here at the Food on Fridays carnival, any post remotely related to food is welcome—though we love to try new dishes, your post doesn’t have to be a recipe. If you just want to promote your local CSA, that’ll do just fine. … [Read more...]

People Who Listen

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Wednesday morning, a dear friend of mine came over with her mom so that the kids and I could help her stuff and stamp wedding invitations.Only two of my four kids were available. My 12-year-old daughter, a task-oriented girl, devoted herself to the work, happily stuffing and licking envelopes. She … [Read more...]

Father's Day on the Farm

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Snapshots from Father's Day 2010At my parents' house this weekend, I spotted a few weather-worn pins clipped to the line and thought of all the lovely clothespin photos I've seen at blogs like Ann Voskamp's. Moving in close, I saw that this shot would feature a couple of unexpected elements: … [Read more...]

Food on Fridays: Sugar Cookie Cups

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(smaller button below)Here at the Food on Fridays carnival, any post remotely related to food is welcome—though we love to try new dishes, your post doesn’t have to be a recipe. If you just want to take a photo of black raspberries (I hear they're in season around these parts), that’ll do just fine. … [Read more...]

Simple Ways We've Gone Green

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Visit this post at NotSoFastBook.com to enter the Green Mama book giveaway—ends Saturday morning, June 19.Each weekend during soccer season, we tote collapsible chairs to and from our kids' matches. The chairs fold down and slide into bags, and nearly always one of our bags is ripping at the … [Read more...]

My Father’s Gifts

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In the 1940s, someone told my dad, "If you learn to operate a Linotype*, you'll never be out of work!" That kind of job security was a dream come true for a child of the Depression. His mom, my Grandma, borrowed money to send Dad to an Ohio Linotype school for training. He came back and got a job … [Read more...]

Green Mama Book Giveaway

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I met Tracey Bianchi earlier this year at the Festival of Faith & Writing. As we introduced ourselves, she recognized my name as the author of The Contemplative Mom, a book she had been given many years ago when she was a new mom. … [Read more...]

Unless the Lord…

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Last Sunday one of our pastors preached from Psalm 127, focusing in particular on the opening verses:Unless the LORD builds the house,its builders labor in vain.Unless the LORD watches over the city,the watchmen stand guard in vain. … [Read more...]

Food on Fridays: Taste-Testing Chickpea Soup

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(smaller button below)Here at the Food on Fridays carnival, any post remotely related to food is welcome—though we love to try new dishes, your post doesn’t have to be a recipe. If you just want to list your three favorite cookbooks, that’ll do just fine. … [Read more...]

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