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Happy Chicagoversary: What 7 Years in the Windy City Has Taught me

I often forget just how long Dan has been a part of my Chicago life. I met him approximately 18 months after I moved here. He’s celebrated every anniversary with me and I couldn’t be more grateful. Marriage makes some things easier to handle— things like transition and big decisions and grief. It also makes some things harder— things like transition and big decisions and grief =)

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A Spiritual Practice for Your Kids

These questions cycle through my mind at a near constant rate, and while I’m still fairly new to practicing silence, rest, and sacred rhythms on a regular basis, I have seen the fruit in my own life, and I’ve begun to see glimmers of what they can do in a child’s life. Silence takes us to the place that is beyond words where we sit, just as we are, with God, just as he is. It’s a place where we are comfortable knowing him without having to know everything about him.

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What to Do When Your Relationship with God is Ready to Shift

I’ve been caught up in a couple different conversations, recently, where people have felt frustrated in their relationships with God. He feels distant to them and they’re wondering if he is even still around or if he’s even still good or if he still has the best in mind for them. The pattern I’m seeing, though, isn’t that God has left these people or that they’ve done something wrong or that he’s punishing them, it’s that their relationship is ready for a shift.

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Stay For A While

It’s snowing outside right now – a wet snow that’s not quite ready to stick. Outside my living room window, fluffy flakes sweep past power lines and a parking garage. It all feels familiar.

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Secrets

Preschoolers are funny because they say exactly what’s on their mind, and they don’t like to listen. You think, for a hot minute, that you’ve got their attention. They’re sitting down on the polka-dot rug looking straight at you so you start to review their memory verse. Then, the next thing you know…

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Progress Not Perfection

I am further than I once was, though I’m not where I want to be. But I’ll get there. Even if progress, right now, looks more like a baby, scooting across the carpet on her diapered butt because she just hasn’t learned how to walk yet, than a gold medal winning track star.

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What I Learned: Summer Camp 2018

Being in your 30’s means knowing more of who you are and what you want while also having the experience to know when it’s time to make productive choices and when it’s time to let something go. It means knowing that disappointment doesn’t mean the end of the road. It just means a new way forward.

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Creativity

Creativity requires me to pause. It requires me to ask questions. It requires me to think of solutions, and when I don’t have a solution, creativity would say – then get out there and find one!

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