Into the Fire with Love

The images coming out of Syria were horrifying. I was especially broken by a father cradling his dead twins. The picture showed up in my feed the same day Ezekiel had an allergic reaction – hives covering his whole body. Because of peanuts we carry Epi-pens everywhere. Thankfully this was fairly minor – but I was afraid as I […]

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Today Chandler’s Lent Calendar asked us to “Turn off your cell phone… completely. Discover life.” On paper it seemed tough, but the reality of the task became apparent when I left for the church. Megan was at home with what felt like 27 children and no landline. “Completely” seemed a little too far for her […]

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Sit where they Sat

About a month ago a fire burned down a home in the trailer park across the street. Everything was lost and uninsured. We knew the family – the children attend – so our church responded. The morning after the fire an email went out asking for five sets of clothes for the four children (a school week’s worth). […]

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Unplug

Our Malibu landed in the shop for a few weeks (blown head gaskets, followed quickly by an electrical issue). So my parents let us borrow their little Accent. Dad bought it free of any extras – to avoid electrical issues. So for the first time my girls found themselves staring at a car window handle. As we […]

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Lost

As the weather has begun to thaw, the girls have gone back to playing outside. Darcy asked if she and Phoebe could invite Emily to play – the little girl next door. Sure. So off they ran. Megan stood watching from the back door, waiting for their return. Meg, it is just next door, you don’t have […]

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Flavor

A Wisconsin sheriff deputy pulled up on a highway covered in red. Little red dots, hundreds of thousands. Stepping out of the car he was met with the smell of candy. Looking closer, the highway was covered in red skittles. Only red. The sheriff at first worried children’s rainbows would be incomplete, but then discovered […]

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Cancelling Service

I like to imagine church is the most serious thing happening on Sunday. But when the NFL moved the Chief’s playoff game from noon till seven due to weather, I realized we were probably not having church. But really the warning bells sounds a few weeks earlier when Evan Marr scheduled his baptism. This was his second […]

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