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About wordvessel

Aloha! This blog is a window into the active mind of a wife, mother, woman and individual. I may be busy every moment of every day, but I still have time to think. Many seasons have blossomed and faded within my life, and this blog has endured through all of them. It is safe to say that my writing has matured because of them. I hope that you will be inspired to think in fresh ways as you read my writing. To Jesus be all the glory.

In But Not Of

I’ve been thinking a lot about this phrase. It’s one thing to apply it to myself; it’s another to apply it to a household. Two key events brought this more recently to my mind: Disney’s defiance against traditional values was … Continue reading

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Lost Literacy

We were recently waiting outside of the doctor’s office; my husband was inside with the two having their wellness visits and I had the other five with me. There were many natural elements to explore and I encouraged the children … Continue reading

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Yesterday

Wasn’t it just yesterday that I met you for the very first time? Wasn’t it just last night that I dressed you in my doll’s pajamas? Wasn’t it just this morning that I peeked into your bassinet and felt such … Continue reading

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A Lantern in her Hand:

A reflection on the novel written by Bess Streeter Aldrich I met a kindred spirit last month. We have nothing in common: she lived in the 1800’s, was a pioneer living in a sod house, helped build a state, lived … Continue reading

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Baby Girl

All week long your siblings have been anticipating your birthday and this morning one of your brothers woke up saying, “Mom! Today Tehillah is one!” This is just one tiny reflection of the adoration that is felt for you by … Continue reading

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Ordinary Miracles

Our family rescued a hummingbird and we were all in awe of its tiny perfection as I held it in my hand. It’s emerald feathers shimmered and it’s little body pulsated with energy. I felt like I was holding a … Continue reading

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I Love You and I Like You

Here we are again: another birthday and you’re one year older than I can believe. This birthday seems extra poignant to me because you’re now only two birthdays away from being a decade in age. And two isn’t very much. … Continue reading

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Dear Rowan,

Today you are two years old. I am so immersed in raising you that I assume I’ll remember every aspect of how you are right now. But when I try to recall the little details of your infancy, and oh! … Continue reading

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Under the Influence

I started on Facebook about 20 years ago. A friend introduced me to it and helped me navigate the set up. I was excited because it felt like my entry into the popular world. I was always a little on … Continue reading

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Strength and Dignity

In Proverbs 31 we are told that “strength and dignity” should clothe a woman. I wonder what that looks like. Is it marching, clenched fist in the air, while spewing hatred and vulgarity towards those sacred, life-giving parts of our … Continue reading

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