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My oldest daughter is forcing me to face the fact that she is leaving home.  Seven years ago when we moved overseas, she was given a simple tool to help her prepare to leave one place and move to another.  Now as she finishes her life in Spain and prepares for university in the U.S., she […]
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Last time we came back to the US to visit family and friends, I was struck by how many men in their 40’s looked like had been run over by a bus (no offense, guys). They were exhausted.  Being pulled in multiple directions.  Fighting complacency in marriage and faith.  Restless and bored in their careers […]
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Some life transitions begin with a “bomb”.  These are the experiences that can usually be traced to an exact moment.  The car accident that caused a head injury.  The phone call announcing a death.  The moment when your spouse announces out of the blue that she never loved you.  The discovery of a deeply hidden family […]
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I remember when I first realized I might be in some sort of crisis.  I had left our toddler twins and their four year old sister at home to go for a girls night out at the movie, The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.  The movie depicts the main character, played by Ashley Judd, […]
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The decade of the 30’s is a little less self-absorbed than the previous decade (no offense, 20-somethings).  The relational, financial, and vocational commitments made as you move through young adulthood demand more structure and responsibility.   This will be one of the most intense seasons of output in your life, particularly if you are raising children. […]
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We like to romanticize the 20’s as a carefree time, full of friends, freedom, and play.  The truth is, while those can be beautiful parts of young adulthood, for many this is a decade filled with angst.  Many major life decisions in your 20’s need to be made, and every decision feels weighty. What am […]
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Restlessness makes a fairly common appearance at our house.  Maybe it’s because my husband and I are both idealists (things could be better – let’s fix them!) or strategists (things could run better – let’s help them!), or lovers of adventure (I’m bored – let’s do something crazy!) but learning to identify the role of […]
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