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December 1, 2014
The Piece of My Heart that is Yours

The boys have gotten very good at playing cards and board games, which I think will serve us well for the next ten years. Nothing like a good Family Friday Night with junk food and games. That's what I say. The best part is that while they're strategizing and planning their excessive celebrations for a […]

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November 10, 2014
You Might Not Know You're Sexy.

"You are an unbelievably sexy woman." "No, no, I'm not." "You are." "I'm not." "Why are you arguing?" "Because I promise you, I am not. I know myself, and sexy is not in my wheelhouse." "You don't know yourself then." "Listen. My entire life, this has always been true: in a room filled with women, […]

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October 21, 2014
Jesus Is Not My Boyfriend

I talked recently about a sense of belonging, about the loss of identity that comes with losing one you love so much. Many people wrote to me to say, “Oh, but yes, Tricia. You do belong. You belong to God. You are his.” Right. I know this. And I don’t mean to minimize it. But […]

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October 8, 2014
Inaccuracies In the Name of Flirting

Sometimes when I'm about to tell a story that feels intensely personal, I think of telling it as a fairytale instead.  "Once upon a time, there was a girl." That kind of disassocation, just a bit of distance between me and the person in the story. But I'm the person in the story, and it […]

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September 30, 2014
Still. No, Thank You.

We were walking through the mall near a maze of vendors selling feathers and seaweed lotion and rhinestones to put in your nose piercing. A man stepped toward me, ready to spray me with something, I'm pretty sure. "Ma'am, would you like to..." "No, thank you."  I continued my stride with Tucker beside me. The salesman […]

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September 11, 2014
The Firehouse: A Visit with Our Heroes

So, while this was happening, the paramedics said to Tuck, "Let's see... how many stitches do you think you'll need?" "Probably 150." "It's possible. I think it might be more like five." Another uniformed man said, "I'm thinking eight." They placed their bets, and then they said, "We will be at the firehouse on Tuesday […]

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July 18, 2014
Kite Strings, Anchors, and Lives of Their Own

I went away for two days on a 'digital cleanse.' I escaped to the mountains and unplugged from everything. Well, sort of. I unplugged from everything except the two books I'm writing. And I didn't actually unplug my cell phone because nobody in our family can handle the inability to reach one another, and we […]

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July 14, 2014
Four Questions I Don't Ask On A Date

There are good guys who know Jesus.  And there are good guys who don't. There are bad guys who don't know Jesus.  And there are bad guys who do. You can't always tell by the way he answers the big questions. "But does he love Jesus?" "Does he know Jesus?"  "Is he a believer?"  "Do […]

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June 1, 2014
If I Marry Again

I read somewhere, the only difference between a first marriage and a second is this: the second time, you know it's a gamble.  You know that you just don't know. I realize that not everyone gets a second chance.  No, wait.  I take that back.  Many, many, many people get a second chance at marriage.  […]

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May 12, 2014
Five Quarters and a Casanova Smile

Blitz: n. a jaunt to a desired distant location where one will see a person, landmark, or event and return home within 24-48 hours. It was a blitz. From wheels up as I left until wheels down as I came back home, I had roughly 26 hours. In that time, I would meet Mr. Charming […]

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April 1, 2014
Deliciously Single, Deliriously Free.

I am deliciously single. While I'm willing to admit that this could be a fleeting thing, that I may not always feel this way, here's where I am right now: I don't think I want to get married again. And I certainly don't need to. I've got, let's say, twelve years left with these two […]

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March 24, 2014
Mommy, you should do those Date Things.

"It seems so long before a wedding." He's referring to weddings in general. Not especially mine, since there is no wedding on my horizon. I say this to the precious few of you who wait for a grand announcement and watch for clues that point to a man in my life. This particular story: not […]

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March 19, 2014
Bitter Envy

It's not often that I can taste envy. But it's bitter. There's a dad with his two sons at the next table. They just came from soccer practice, and the mom is having a girls' night with Cindy from work, and they all expect they'll get home before Mom does. I expect they are right. […]

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March 11, 2014
Online Dating: So, There's That.

  "So, tell me your story?" We've got to somehow address the children we've each mentioned, and how they came to be though we are single parents.  I've been witty and funny, showing him I'm not a walking Eeyore.  We've got to start somewhere, and we've pretty well established the weather in Colorado. "Divorced.  Three […]

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February 20, 2014
Love: The Second Time Around

What can love look like the second time around? What are the expectations? What are the definitions? It feels like it must be different from the first time. And yet some of the same pieces are there - they cannot be subtracted from the formula. I have wondered: Do I need fireworks? Do I need […]

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January 9, 2014
Marrying Off a 'Potential.'

Potentials. A single friend of mine invented this word, and I'm going with it. We agree - it's the best word to describe this category of people in our lives. Potentials are people whom we might have shared a future with, we've spent time with them, and even more time praying over them, and the […]

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January 4, 2014
This Is Not A Movie Review.

Do you know what is really great?  When someone knows you well enough to know exactly what movie you would absolutely enjoy. When you say, "You choose.  Surprise me."  And then he does.  With complete and perfect accuracy. Somehow, on this night, it's better than having someone prepare a meal they think I'll like. It's […]

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November 18, 2013
When the Calendar Unfolds, and You Disobey.

That moment - actually, a full day that can consume the days around it - when the calendar unfolds to the birthday of someone you have loved.   Not someone you have loved who is gone now.  No, someone you have loved who is very much here and very much celebrating with other people who […]

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September 10, 2013
Dear You, ... Love, Me.

I have been journaling for over a year now.  The journal is titled, "Letters to You," and it is a book I will give to this man who is brave to step into our chaos, courageous to love our mess.  I write with one anonymous man in mind.   Sometimes I think I should scrap […]

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September 7, 2013

"Any fool can choose the boy who sends her heart into a flurry. But there's a big deep divide between desire and devotion. You better not choose the boy who makes you dizzy." ~ Julie Cantrell, Into the Free

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