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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Have you ever had a meal brought to you?  Say, you had a sickness, or a surgery, or a baby, or lost a loved one, and a dear friend shows up at your door holding out hot home-cooked food.  It felt pretty special, right? It IS pretty special.  When our baby came, our church coordinated …

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Smoke rises and swirls out of the space left ajar from the lid of our trusty Weber BBQ.  I raise the lid, wearing my husband’s welding glove against the heat.  I inspect the coals, which have turned dusty white, save for an orange glow deep within the pile.  The wind shifts a puff of smoke …

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