Steph Lenox

Everyday Resilience In Christ

It gets SO much better. There wasn’t even one tantrum.  Not one open-mouthed wailing session. The afternoon breeze blew softly through the line of trees overhead.  the grassy berm of land bordering the walkway to the livestock exhibits had a string of Garton Tractors parked for display.  Whomever was assigned to stand by and sell …

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Dear children, my job is to make you unhappy, about half of the time. I love you too much to let it be otherwise. In my philosophy, disappointment should come from home first.  Here, within the loving environment of our family,  should be your first point of reference for that sensation. Just like you should …

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There is a time in life.  A very special time in the life of any bouncing, well-manicured young wife.  A time when she leans in to to her husband, feeling his arms wrapping around her, and whispers into his neck, “Oh honey, let’s have a baby.” Fast forward a bit. There is another time in …

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Hey girls, come closer.  Yes, come over here.  I’m going to tell you a secret.  It’s deep and dark and my children wouldn’t even believe me if I told them. Here it goes: Once upon a time, I was more than a mommy. I was all these different things, both tough and gentle, both capable …

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I’m going to tell you what my husband told me. I’m going to tell you because maybe you were freaking out just like I was the other night. Maybe you are settling into this whole having a baby thing, and have just enough strength in you to look around and see – really see – …

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Today was monumental: Donald Trump was elected president. But it was monumental in a far away, not happening here sort of way.  At least today.  Call it disbelief, if you will. Here in California, my Facebook feed – of friends and members of my community – was smeared thick with anger and grief.  I hunched …

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