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I think most of us live in families, go to churches, and work in places where if you took a poll about the current election you might find that between all of you it’s like your vote doesn’t matter because you just cancel each other out. HOW can those in the same family, the same […]

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A few years ago, Gabe Lyons published a moving piece in the Huffington Post about his oldest son, Cade. He said the following: It’s no secret. People with Down syndrome have been targeted for extinction. In November, the New York Post heralded “The End of Down Syndrome“ and profiled a new, safer test for pre-natal […]

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That space travel really benefitted all of humanity in a lot of ways.  Dan and I were watching Apollo 13 one night together and I commented about what a waste of money and talent just to say we went to the moon. Well, one google search later, I was eating my words and Praising the […]

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  Praying this week for ALL you Believers out there who are having to have awkward conversations with your very Republican parents, family, friends, co-workers when the National Convention gets brought up and you want to have a good conversation with depth, because maybe for the first time issues matter to you more than they […]

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Now what? You ask. What can we do to help be the Change that is needed? You ask. Well, once you understand the facts and let it change your perspective and step into another persons plight…. Then, friend everything you DO will be part of the solution. Because what you do will be intentional with […]

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  White Privilege: Often I think we get the wrong picture in our head when we think of this term. I wanted to share something that has helped me understand it more. I once heard it described more like a Monopoly Game that was started by our great grandparents. (much longer ago than that but […]

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Every now and then I join up with Emily Freeman and we talk about what we learned the previous month. It’s been so helpful for me because it’s made me develop a habit for noticing and being aware of the things that happen or that are new and make me think. April is my very […]

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Dexflex comfort ballet flats are my go to all time favorite shoes. I mean, like wear right out of the box shoes! I wear them out and then just go to Payless Shoe Source and buy a new pair. I even tried to find higher end ballet flats…. but none could compare with the comfort […]

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“Get that pervert out of our Christian school, he has no business being around or teaching our kids. He needs to be fired!” (and he almost was) “We need to go wash our sheets that he slept on because we don’t want our family to get AIDS.” “Dan, do not talk about your past with people […]

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HERE is the Full Series of my 2016 Goal Setting Posts. So far I’ve taken a look at hard things that God brought us through, What DID work, some of my favorite things about 2015 and exciting things ahead.  Now I’m going to jump in a write about what did NOT work. These aren’t necessarily […]

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One of my favorite things (among many) about this time of year is the reflective nature of looking back and the excitement of  looking forward. I’ve always wanted to be a goal setter and a planner… but my fly by the seat of my pants/spontaneous/ENFP personality always seemed to get the better of me and […]

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I’ve been wanting to teach one of these in my home for some time now and I think January would be the perfect time to do so!  (Not to mention this would be a great practical and fun Christmas gift to give or get!!) So DFW friends, come and spend a few hours with me […]

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Happy 7th Birthday to a girl who embodies the meaning of her name – Life – so well and so beautifully! You are the best big sister to a group of siblings who already look to you for leadership and example. I love your tender heart for all things relationship oriented (which you would say, […]

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I want to say sorry for taking this long to get this drawing done and uploaded but I’m so deliriously happy soaking up these days of new baby grace. Oh, that we would everyday give ourselves and others the grace and understanding that seems to flow lavishly when a new baby is around. I think […]

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I was in Las Vegas when these two had their birthdays two weeks ago. I hated to miss it but Dan’s parents did an epic job of celebrating them! They went to the lake…twice! And had cookie cake (a chappell tradition that my kids love). Jack is 6! Something about him turning 6 still amazes […]

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Update on our sweet Isla Rose: Heart: We JUST got the word that they are NOT going to do a heart cath on her!! The cardiologist team have done multiple heart echoes and it keeps looking better and her heart is performing great! She still has the holes that will need surgery to be fixed […]

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You people are Best of Basket crazy! You guys LOVE these things. Thank you for all of your feedback and for your donations and most of all for your friendships and support as we bring sweet Isla home. Click HERE for updates on how she’s doing.                  Do […]

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We are now T-Minus 3 weeks!!  As of yesterday She’s FULL TERM! I’m doing everything I can to settle down and WAIT WELL.  For a few days we thought she was coming early due to her heart rhythm “not having much variance”… but then after an overnight stay her heart beat got “happy” again and […]

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she’s 37 weeks pregnant. I feel 37 weeks pregnant. she’s weary and tired. I’m weary and tired. she’s nervous.  I’m nervous. she’s ALL IN. I’m ALL IN. she’s got her heart on the line. I’ve got my heart on the line. she loves this baby so much her heart hurts. I love this baby so […]

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