Battling Back to School Madness: Get Refreshed

Parenting responsibilities kick into overdrive when back to school time begins. Shuttling kids to activities, packing lunches, attending school events, and adhering to stricter schedules can cause stress and press us for time. It’s hard to feel refreshed. My husband and I tend to collapse on the sofa on Friday evenings in September. We are…

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SUNRISE: No Clouds, No Glory

SUNRISE: No Clouds, No Glory

On Wednesday this week, heeding my predawn morning alarm was especially difficult. The past couple of weeks have been an exhausting whirlwind, containing too much running around and wildly inconsistent October weather. The shifting temperatures and wonky barometric pressure have rendered me a sniffly, wiped-out mess. However, it’s that time of year when I get…

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Embracing Solitude

Embracing Solitude

I have never been alone for five days, ever. Solitude? What’s that? Three kids and two parents shared the space in my childhood home. I commuted to college. At 21, I married and moved from my parents’ home to live with my husband and daughter, our own little family. Two more children rounded us out…

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Late Bloomer

Snapshot of Truth: Late Bloomer

There’s a deep spiritual truth in this photo. Behold the┬álate bloomer. For months, these amaryllis bulbs have been showing foliage, but no blooms. They just weren’t fulfilling their intended purpose. I’d actually given up that they would ever flower but kept them around because the green was nice. But then, a small stalk with a…

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