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May 10 2016

Enjoy It

What is one of the first, last, and most common things that an older & wiser woman tells a young mama? Enjoy it. Enjoy these days, because they go by all too quickly. Oh! Don’t we know it! I do not begrudge the sentiment by a long shot, nor do I hold it against the throngs who […]

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Mar 23 2016

The New Commandment

This morning over at Olive Tree, I have the privilege of sharing some thoughts on the new commandment Jesus gave His disciples before He was captured. After Judas left Jesus and the other disciples at the table in the upper room, some of my favorite parts of the Holy Week narrative take place. They are […]

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Mar 21 2016

Palm Sunday Thoughts…

Yesterday was Palm Sunday. We were given little crosses made out of palm fronds at church. The liturgy was different. The vestment colors were different. And as I dealt with a 3 year old who threw up all over her church dress and her carseat… and as I bounced a fussy, overtired little 4 month […]

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Feb 18 2016

Life in the Weeds

I was gritting my teeth through the morning… two crying in one room while two squabbled in another… one wetting her pants while another filled his diaper… two boys throwing up hands because of math problems while the baby throws up milk because I didn’t pat out his burps while I want to throw in […]

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Dec 22 2015

Adventing Still

What a glorious time Advent is! And I’ve been too caught up in the business of Adventing that I haven’t been taking the time to write about it. Of course traditionally (so we have been hearing, especially, in the Anglican tradition) it is a season not unlike Lent. Advent prepares for Christmas like Lent prepares […]

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Nov 30 2015

First Week of Advent ~ Hope

When do we most need hope? In hopelessness. That is when we feel lack of hope most acutely. It is when we need to have our eyes opened to real hope. “A prison cell in which one waits, hopes,… and is completely dependent on the fact that the door of freedom has to be opened […]

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Nov 30 2015

Celebrating Life with Hope

We are continuing to celebrate life! Simeon’s lungs filled with oxygen 36 days ago. Yesterday Simeon’s head was covered with water and oil. He has always belonged to Christ, but yesterday he was officially welcomed into the Church by receiving the sacrament of baptism. He is officially a son of the covenant, heir of God’s […]

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Oct 24 2015

Pregnant with a Rainbow, Part IX

Praying, when you are Pregnant-After-Loss(es) I have written before about praying when you are pregnant, both here on Joyful Domesticity and in the Rainbows & Redemption devotional I helped write & edit a few years ago. ~…~…~…~ Desire and surrender are the perfect balance to praying. ~Paul E. Miller, A Praying Life, p123~ ~…~…~…~ And […]

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Oct 15 2015

Nine Treasures, on PAIL Day

Today (Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day) we are remembering our darlings in heaven, the nine siblings of our treasures here. While this day does not cut so acutely into my heart as it once did, it is still a day that bittersweetly blesses and affects me. In addition to treasures of glory, of Christ, […]

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Oct 01 2015

Pregnant with a Rainbow, Part V

Anxiety. A very big part of my PAL journey is wrapped up in that one little word. I have been continuing to write weekly entries into a Word document where I am essentially journaling through this pregnancy, mostly for my own sake, but perhaps to share in snippets with others (now or in the future), […]

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