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Funny to think that my great-grandmother wore orthopedic shoes, bi-focals, and a housedress in her 50’s while I’m planning to walk a part of the Camino del Santiago (a 500 mile spiritual pilgrimage) for my 50th birthday. They say 50 is the new 30, and I’m holding to it!  We’ve come a long way, baby!  (Though […]
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As the flood of graduation photos roll out on social media, I can’t help but think some of my friends deserve their own graduation party– just for getting that kid to walk across the stage.   Some of you weren’t sure there would even be a graduation to celebrate (you know who you are!).  But […]
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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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So many women dread the big 4-0, but I’m happy to tell you that typically, the 40s are a GREAT decade for women.   While your body does seem to start to exhibit signs of wear and tear more significantly in this decade (hello wrinkles and slowing metabolism);  internally, many women are actually gaining strength and stability. Remember […]
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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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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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