The Giving Season

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If you’re anything like me, there is something so haunting about seeing someone in need and feeling like you have nothing to offer. Often we’ll be stopped at a red light and I’ll see someone with that classic cardboard sign and broken smile. I typically pilfer through my car and try to share a water bottle, some change, or any … Read More

So Cool.

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Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life. Galatians 6:4-5 The Message Sometimes I am rather impressed with myself, if … Read More

After The Rain, A Rainbow

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I have been gardening this summer. Now, don’t get the wrong impression…I garden much the way Bob sails (haven’t seen What About Bob? You need to. Oh you need to. Food for the soul, that movie.), but still, this summer my feeble attempts have yielded a crop that my girls and I are proud of. Peas, beans, sunflowers, potatoes, pumpkins … Read More

Thy Kingdom Come

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My precious little godson Cheetah just learned how to recite The Lord’s Prayer. Yesterday I sat in wonder as he shared such truth with me as he belted out the prayer with a boisterous confidence that surely comes from being three. It started out so ordinarily that I almost lost focus, but as I listened, a little voice from behind … Read More

My Bookshelf

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Sometimes my bookshelf is a lonely place for me. I glance over at it and the books on the shelf seem to glare back at me as a strong reminder of things I once loved. If you saw it, you’d find: travel guides, poetry anthologies, art reviews, classic novels, and a collection of random commentaries. The truth is, these books … Read More

Butter & Blooms

OnlyTrueNorthAsha, Family Life, Insights, Inspirations

The ‘loose-end’ state of my home is driving me crazy. It seems as soon as the kitchen starts to glisten, a dirty dish gets immediately tossed back in. I can never find the better half of my collection of single socks, and just when I think the house is looking good—I find my toddler eating butter or smearing mysterious goo … Read More

Mommy Energy Found Here

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Today I washed clothes. Smelly clothes. For the fourth time this week. Did I mention it is the same load of clothes? And that they are smelly because I keep forgetting to take them out of the washer and put them in the dryer like a sane, non-sleep deprived person would be able to manage without difficulty? Yeah…this is life. … Read More

An Update from the OTN Gals

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Hi everyone! Long time no chat, eh? Asha and I have been busy since Mother’s Day de-cluttering our lives and preparing for some fun things ahead, including a few awesome guest posting opportunities over at Dandelion Moms, which is an excellent blog just for mommas like us. Our first guest post, written by Ash, went live yesterday – you can … Read More

Thanks Mom!

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As Mother’s Day draws near, I am faced with the yearly process of buying cards, gifts, and flowers for the mommas and grammas in my life, and also of receiving wonderful wishes and love-filled gestures of my own. Do you ever wonder how in the world you are going to condense a world of thoughts and emotions into a card … Read More

7 Ways Parenthood Has Wrecked Me

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I say ‘wrecked’, because sometimes it’s okay to be wrecked by something. It simply means you can never go back to the way things were before. I wish I had a dime for every time someone told me, “Becoming a parent will change your life forever!” It’s true though. It is just one of those cliché things that you have … Read More