Guilt transformed into Grace

I woke up this morning with the Hot Dog Story on my heart.

The original story happened in the summer of 2008. My kids were in preschool. I wish I had the exact date circled on my calendar because it’s the day in my life that mom guilt transformed into mom grace.

I had no way of knowing it, but I was forever changed by the hot dog incident.

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Grace for a messy house

Last week on Facebook, I posted a quick thought about the state of my messy house.  I said simply

“Mom, do you know what it means when you have dishes in the sink? It means you fed your family. It means you’re awesome.”

I was talking to myself.

I was in the grips of guilt because my house wasn’t exactly company ready when the doorbell rang.  It wasn’t a drop-in guest. I should have been more prepared, but life got in the way.

It wasn’t until I viewed my home through the lens of Grace that I could see the beauty of my messy house.  Come look. I think you’ll see it too. [Read more…]

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Messy Christmas? God’s got it covered.

Wow.  Part of my Christmas was Messy.  (Yes, it deserves the capital letter.  Really.  It was a messy Christmas.)

It was the crazy kind of messy that people don’t normally talk about because it’s uncomfortable.  Sharing it is scary and hard, but I know somewhere, someone else had a holiday that was just as messy (if not messier). They need to know they aren’t alone.

What you need to know first is that this post isn’t the one that was originally published.  [Read more…]

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Christmas is HERE.

Merry Christmas friends.

Christmas is here.  It arrived.  (And I survived.)

It’s here… even though the Amazon man didn’t deliver.

It’s here… even though I’m still a few crafts short.

It’s here… even though there are spots in my house that aren’t as clean as I might wish.

It’s here… even thought I’m a few dozen cookies short.

Christmas is here.

And that’s OK. [Read more…]

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Five Minute Friday – Grace

It’s Five Minute Friday and I’m back!  

Oh baby I’ve missed this.  Mmmm.

Somehow, it feels so right for my first post after the 31 Day series on Anger to be a Five Minute Friday post.

No intense planning.  No pre-work.  Just me.  Showing up and letting my fingers fly.

Today’s writing prompt is… GRACE.

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Chocolate Caramels for your Soul

Last week, I shared a challenge to give Grace as freely as we give candy for Halloween.  I also revealed my deep dark love of chocolate caramel.  So it seems only logical that I offer you some chocolate caramels for your soul.

In my world, dark chocolate caramel sea salted supremes are better than chicken soup. [Read more…]

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Grace Like Candy

It started with a simple question from my second grader.

Mommy, why do they call it Halloween?

 

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It All Started With A Sucker (An Easter Story)

It All Started With A Sucker: An Easter StoryI’m excited about  “It all started with a sucker (an Easter Story).”

It’s a long story.  It’s about Easter, even the parts where I talk about American Flags and Nativity Sets and Chic-Fil-A.

If you get lost somewhere in the middle, just remember that I waited to tell the story until I could end it with something beautiful.

I waited to share the story until it came full circle and could point back to Easter.  I wanted to be able to say

And then, it’s beautiful.

At the very end, I do.

I struggle with Easter Candy.

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Five Minute Friday – Graceful

5 minute fridayI participate in “Five Minute Friday” from Lisa Jo Baker’s Tales from a Gypsy Mama blog.  She provides a writing prompt, and I have five minutes to write to that subject.  No editing, no fussing.  Just. write.

People all over the web join in the free-writing exercise.  You can too.   I’d love to see your writing in the comments of her page or shared on your blog.  Just let me know what to look for and I’ll cheer you on.

Last week, I wrote about “change.”
Today, I write about “GRACEFUL.”

READY SET GO
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Of Grace and Strangers

My kids make me laugh and cry with equal regularity. They say crazy stuff that just leaves me scratching my head and wondering how on earth I’m supposed to react.. Today, it’s about grace and strangers.

Not long ago, I was disciplining my son for repeatedly not listening to me or responding to my request. When I’m driving, I can’t physically reach over and get his attention. I’m faced with one of three choices – throw something at him (not safe), pull over (wasn’t an option), or YELL HIS NAME REALLY LOUD.

Right or wrong (probably wrong), I went for option three. Once I had his attention, I repeated my request. [Read more…]

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