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December 2012

Consider Yourself Sent

I just joined WaterBrook/Multnomah's Blogging for Books team.  The concept is simple: books supplied for bloggers who will write reviews.  This is my first one, and I am already crazy about it.  

I chose the book Sent, by Hilary Alan, to be released in February. With total transparency, Alan tells the story of God tapping on her upper middle class shoulder, asking her to leave her life of ease and live in southeast Asia for a time.

Several quotes shout from the pages: 

Let Us Pray

Mary, like so many other students across the country, came home in tears last Friday.  Emma and Cory, my middle schoolers, hadn't heard the news.   My elementary school kids still don't know about it, and  for as long as possible, we will keep it that way. 

I will not begin to approach the reasons for the Connecticut shootings.  There is no explaining the senseless killing of innocent people.  

But, like I told Mary, the one thing we can do daily and diligently is pray.

Mary's Epiphany II

Ever since my Mary, 15, was in first grade, she has been a runner. 
 
 
She spent grades 1-5 in Vermont, where she had a wonderful UVM student as her track coach. The program gave her a solid foundation as well as a lot of fun.  Bravo to college students who volunteer their time teaching young kids.
 
When we moved to a tiny upstate New York town for her 6th and 7th grade years.  Her new coach was the perfect mix of inspiration  and discipline for middle school girls.

Carving Out the Time

I know I am married to Captain Fun, but one fact is established at my house:  Mom doesn't play.  

I am reminded of this regularly, and I freely admit it--playing is hard work for me.  

But I have discovered that even the smallest attempts at playing are acceptable, even memorable, to my kids.   When I know one of the kids is walking behind me, for instance, sometimes I turn around and yell "Scared ya!"  I have actually had a child fall down in shock over such an unexpected act.
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