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It has been my lot in life to straddle the political fence.  My mom is a Republican, pro-life, conservative Christian.  My dad was a pro-choice, new-age kind of liberal Democrat.  Maybe that’s why I perpetually find myself too liberal for the conservative circles and too conservative for the liberal circles. At any rate, I’ve spent […]
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I know we are all tired of the political conversations.    But I have to confess, I turned a corner last week and started feeling (dare I say it?!)…. Hopeful. The American church has been diseased for quite some time (God bless her).   I say this as both an insider having grown up in […]
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A handful of times in our lives you will find yourself in the midst of a perfect life storm. Usually there is a precipitating crisis:   Cancer.  Infidelity.  Bankrupcy.  Infertility.  A shattered dream.  Depression.  A major accident.  Divorce.   But it’s not usually just one major thing imploding… it’s a half dozen crises on multiple frontal at […]
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For a few short months when my children were young, we took in four sisters whose mother was unable to care for them because of mental illness.  They ranged from 6 years old to 16 years old— remarkable and resilient young girls, though threadbare from years of neglect.  The first night that I tucked in […]
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A few years ago, I was in a season of confronting a lie I had internalized from the time I was very young.   Frankly, I felt like I had rooted out that lie several times before (and I had!).   I would feel incredible freedom then suddenly in a different situation – bam– the lie would […]
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I imagine you all want to know what happened when we left our daughter at college.  We went.  We cried a lot.  We left her.  We flew home.  We had a week of mourning.  We then helped her sister take over her old room (sorry, Karis).   And life has continues to move on.  Except […]
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We are in a new phase.  It’s official.  Our daughter has finished high school, packed her room, and we will be leaving her in Chicago in exactly 56 days— but who’s counting?! As I wrote already wrote about in grief and graduation here, my daughter and her father walked a part of the Camino de […]
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This week I talked with a couple in the midst of making a major transition.  Things seem to be lining up for one particular path over the other; doors are opening in a particular city for the husband’s job, a network is unfolding, and training opportunities lie ahead for them both.  He is getting excited, […]
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My daughter is walking the Camino de Santiago for the next two weeks with her dad before she graduates from high school.  The camino is a 791 km (490 mile) spiritual pilgrimage with multiple routes which all lead across parts of southern Europe ending in Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain.  If you are one […]
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Another goodbye at the Galloway house today.  Our fifth young adult in the last seven years flew back to the US.  They come to serve in the background as administrative assistants, home schooling tutors, or in this case, a gap year intern— but they quickly become part of the family.  We’ve all become pros at […]
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