That Time We Shined At Summer Camp

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This week my daughter is headed to music camp. To be specific, SMACK (Summer Music & Arts Camp for Kids) Camp, hosted by the local church music and missions board. It's our first sleep-away camp. I, in my infinite wisdom, said to myself, "Self, you can't send your firstborn (she's a twin) away to camp in some foreign crazy land (an hour away at a Christian college) without someone you know as chaperone."  Cause stranger danger, y'all.  So I signed up to be chaperone for all the pre-teen girls at church. Cause stranger danger, y'all. And because no one else...
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The Perfect Summer

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We had big plans for the summer. Move to a swanky new neighborhood. Take a beach vacation. Use the hours upon hours of free time that summer brings to read the 18 books that are sitting on my shelf unread. "YES," I tell myself, "maybe I'll even take time for me."  I envisioned sand between my toes and not even caring that I never made it to the gym to prep for the beach. I envisioned me, at the ocean's edge, with perfect beach hair, perfect swimsuit (that does not look like a sausage casing), and sea glass around my neck. ...
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The Good Dads

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This morning I was in the middle of the best sleep ever, when an excited youngster bounds in and smooshes himself into the bed between his daddy and I. "Are you awake yet, daddy?" "Can I give him his cards, mama?" Jumping up and down like we fed him 14 Cokes for breakfast, said child hands over cards and present while daddy opens his goodies. Open, open, open, open. Over the next three minutes the following transactions occur: Children get in bed. Snuggle. Dad opens present and cards. Dad gets out of bed. Mom gets out of bed. Children stay...
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Always Near

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Feeling led to share this bittersweet message with you tonight. Having been in her almost-exact shoes myself, I will warn you that it IS hard to read. BUT, I know He has a plan in this nudging I'm feeling to share, so read on and, if it is you that He's sending love to - be encouraged that you are not alone in your grieving and your healing. You will NEVER walk this road alone, mama. ❤ "In September of 2015 I found out I was expecting, and while it was more than overwhelming, I was ready to tackle this...
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Remembering...

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Last summer, we piled the kids in the car and went on a normal-for-us trek across the globe, landing in historic Washington, D.C. If you've never been, it's a wonderful trip. The entire Smithsonian is free. Monuments. Science Museums. History museums. Arlington Cemetary. The Zoo. It's all amazingly, wondrously available with no entry charges. One of our must-do's on the trip was Arlington National Cemetery, to visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. On the day we visited, rain was coming down in buckets (as some of my friends in the south say, it come up a flood!) and we...
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