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Faith in the Unseen

Our evening family devotional is brief and wiggly. Andy reads an illustrated scripture story and Lucy somersaults. Spirituality is plausible; somersaults are guaranteed. For one

An evergreen tree with a dusting of snow


Longsuffering. It’s the phrase that I underlined in my scriptures this week. At the time I couldn’t see why the word was important. But now

Three little girls holding hands and walking across a parking lot

Holy. Rascally. Toddlers.

“All things are inventions of holiness—some more rascally than others.” -Mary Oliver* I’m sure that Mary Oliver had a toddler in mind when she wrote

Little girl sticking out her tongue and pulling on her pigtails


Parenting is a great metaphor. I walked into Lucy’s room at 4pm to wake her from her nap. She wasn’t in bed. Instead, she was squatting

Little girl with curly hair and blue eyes

Talking with Toddlers

I’ve been brushing up on my communication skills with Lucy in mind. Here is some of the best advice I’ve received.

Preschool kid sitting on toilet with their feet resting on a stack of toilet paper rolls

Potty Training 101

Few parenting tasks filled me with the trepidation that potty training inspired. Here’s what worked for us.

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