Peace on Earth

When we are young, we sometimes think peace is just a word sewn onto the cover of a needlepoint pillow, but as we gain life experience we begin to grasp that peace can be elusive and hard to conjure, especially in tumultuous or trying times. Jesus himself promised, “These things I have spoken unto you, […]

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Holiday Cool Points

Middle school years were awkward, painful, and uncomfortable. If anyone regales you with tales of fun times and worthwhile memories during those excruciatingly acne-prone years, then they’re lying. Or they were raised on a remote island and their only friends were covered in fur, which would make acne a moot point. Fads come and go […]

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Trail Mix

In my younger days when I had only one child on my hip, I was an expert on parenting. There were only good and bad parents and I was, of course, in the first group. Always. Now I have four under the age of 16 which inducts me into the “hanging on by a thread” […]

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Inclement Weather, Inclement Life

Currently in Montana, our roads are snowy and slick. Being a native Southerner, it has taken me almost a decade to fight the initial instinct to panic and gather bread and milk at the mere threat of snow. When I taught school in North Carolina, nary a flake of snow needed to hit the ground […]

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These are a Few of My Favorite Things

Hello, TPILers! Thanks so much for being subscribers to my little dream here! Thanks to those who have shared posts or links with friends–I so appreciate it! This week I am travelling out-of-state to visit family and am sharing a few of my favorite posts from the archives (within the posts, you might see random […]

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Five Ways to Love Wherever You Live

Some of you may remember that moving five times in four states is at the top of my resume. Moving (for me) equals having heartbreaking goodbyes. I put down my emotional roots deep, fast, and hard. In fact, I’m slightly stalker-ish when I arrive and meet new people: “Hi, my name is Elizabeth. Can we […]

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I’m probably a lot like you. My sometimes painted toenails (and homemade birthday cakes) look like they were created by a four-year-old. Seagulls regularly circle our vehicles hoping for crackers and crumbs. My home is half-cleaned so you don’t feel uncomfortable but dirty enough so you do. The “part I love” is connecting with people with all different backgrounds beliefs and life experiences. I hope you find this safe and welcome place to learn, grow and laugh together.

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