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April 2, 2020
Jesus Didn't Parent Toddlers: A Love Letter to the Parents of Littles

Parents of Preschoolers and Toddlers, this season is the real deal, isn't it?  You are in the t-r-e-n-c-h-e-s. When my guys were preschoolers, I had to have them out the door by 9:00am, or the house would surely crumble around us.  I was sure of it, and my theory was fairly proven. And now, this […]

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May 1, 2018
One of My Favorites for Only $1.99

A big announcement for you today, you guys! My publisher has chosen to feature my first book for an online promotion, and you can get the eBook version of And Life Comes Back for only $1.99.  Please click on over there and check that out.  Prices rarely get better than this, and I love that […]

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May 21, 2016
Get Drunk on the Lovely of it All

It is Wedding Week. I am in the last seven days of one of the most sacred seasons of my life. I am ‘between beds’ like some people are ‘between jobs’ or ‘between relationships.’ We’ve moved the Single Girl’s Bed out, but the Married Couple’s Bed hasn’t arrived yet. So I’m sleeping on a mattress […]

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January 28, 2016
Better Than You Think

I leaned out the Starbucks drive-thru window to hand a drink to the customer in her car, and that’s when I heard her say, “Oh, my gosh! It’s you!” It’s always fun when the virtual world meets the real and tangible world right in front of me, and here I had a collision of two […]

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January 11, 2016
Single Parenting, Dating, and Boundaries

I’ve never introduced the boys to anyone I’ve dated throughout the last five years because I was so deeply committed to protecting their hearts and not parading men through this house who wouldn’t be around for next Sunday’s dinner. (Not that I dated with this kind of weekly frequency, and not that I routinely fix […]

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December 10, 2015
The Heart of Joseph

Jesus grew up without his biological dad. Joseph married Mary, knowing she was pregnant with a child that was not his own.  He knew that the marriage to her was a package deal, that the boy came with the girl. I wonder if he had to learn to love Jesus.  I mean, I imagine Jesus […]

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November 24, 2015
"Mom, Will You Still Love My Dad?"

“Mom, I just have one question.” He was in the backseat of the car, still consistently the safest place for such fodder. I suspect there is something exponentially safer about hard topics when Mom’s eyes are occupied with the road and other drivers. “Ask me as many as you want, buddy.” “Will you still love […]

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November 1, 2015
There Are Things I Haven't Told You

I have a photo of the Last Halloween. The boys are five and three years old, and they are dressed as Power Rangers, green and blue. Robb is dressed as a member of the Ohio State Marching Band, and I, having simply snatched my wedding veil off the wall of our bedroom, am dressed as […]

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October 1, 2015
150 Pounds in The World's Unwieldiest Stroller

Well, just in case I didn’t love grocery shopping with every ounce of my heart, I’m now back to pushing two loafers around in the cart. The Target experience is a little too much of a jaunt for Tucker and his recovering foot, so I load the two of them into a cart made for […]

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September 5, 2015
How To Talk To Your Children About Grief, Loss, and Death

My husband died when my children were three and five years old. I realize that’s a sudden and abrupt way to start, but it happened to us very suddenly and abruptly, and I’ve rarely found a way to ease into that introduction. Death came to our home in only twelve hours. Emergency room doctors diagnosed […]

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September 3, 2015
Tucker Learns To Walk Again

1 Fall from a Swingset 4 Breaks 8 Hospital Visits 1 Surgery 5 Pins 1 Screw 16 stitches 3 Days in the Hospital 1 Wheelchair 2 Knee Scooters 3 Casts 87 Days 87 Nights Finally: Cast Off Day. I wasn't prepared for how emotional this moment would be for me.  He stood on two feet, […]

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August 19, 2015
Hopalong Cassidy and Sir Embarrassed

Let me tell you one thing I know for sure, a nugget of foundational truth that will never change: Nothing slows down the morning drop-off routine like forgetting the knee scooter at home in the garage. Sweet Tuck is so good at the morning routine.  He gets up so early, and he packs his lunch […]

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August 10, 2015
Grace Notes for the First Day Of School

Today marked a great big finish line for us: The First Day of School.  #BrokenFootSummer is “over,” and we have entered the broad and beautiful landscapes of third and fourth grade (new striped cast and scooter notwithstanding). Even though I am not a mom who grieves such things, I surprised myself by not doing my […]

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June 1, 2015
Kids' Day: Ty the Fly, Bullfrog, and Peacock

There is Mother's Day; there is Father's Day.  And in our family, the first day of summer vacation is Kids' Day.  Part of me wanted to say to myself, "But, Trish, every day is Kids' Day.  When are they not celebrated with galaxies of gold stars and affirmation?"  Right.  It's true.  They're not suffering for lack […]

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May 9, 2015
Tender Heart, Rainy Day

A book was born this week. If there were birth announcements for such things, it might read, "Weighing in at just under seven ounces, with more than 55,000 words stretching across 220-or-so pages, this book came into the world to a grand release party in attendance that challenged the fire marshall. This newborn is really quite […]

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April 13, 2015
Good Parenting is Freaking Hard

You guys, I'm exhausted. We are limping into a new week around here. Good parenting is freaking hard. When I posted this throw-away status on Facebook, my friend Laura responded, "This is why I aim for mediocrity in parenting." Seriously, it's tempting. This gig is not for the faint of heart. I'm not going to […]

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March 27, 2015
Draw The Line Somewhere

"Mommy, I think there are some things you shouldn't do before you're married." "You are exactly right, buddy," I say, ready for whatever tell-all questions may come next. He looks me squarely in the eye.  I square right back.  Bring it, kiddo.  Let's talk. "Like sharing the garage code."

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March 16, 2015
A Warrior's Heart

I wish I'd known from the beginning that I was born a strong woman. What a difference it would have made! I wish I'd known that I was born a courageous woman; I've spent so much of my life cowering. How many conversations would I not only have started but finished if I had known […]

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February 28, 2015
Lunchables, Goldfish Marriages, and Where The Red Fern Grows

“Mommy, did you know someone can die of a broken heart?” “I do know.” I very nearly have. I don't often get to be the one to decide when and where we will have these memorable conversations, and they most often emerge at stoplights, in public bathrooms, or in the frozen foods section. For this […]

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December 29, 2014
Babies and Broncos and Listening for God

"Mommy, I don't know why I can never hear God." A question that every single one of us has asked, we who have ever believed or not believed or questioned whether we believe. "What are you hoping to hear him say?" "Well, every single time I ask him to forgive me, he never says okay." […]

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