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Lent & What We Long For

Our family has given up sugar for Lent. What this means on a practical level is that we have replaced our actual consumption of the “sweet, short-chained, soluble carbohydrates” with detailed and descriptive conversations about what we look forward to eating come April 16. Five-year-old Amelia is typically the one to broach the topic. Several times a day she reminds […]

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Think on These Things

“Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I’ll say, rejoice!” I grew up regularly singing that chorus at a little Baptist church in Richfield, Minnesota. Sometimes, when we were feeling fancy, the congregation even broke into two sections and sang it as a round. So when I hear anyone recite this audacious verse from Philippians chapter 4, I respond by […]

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For February

“The Holiness Project” continues here at This Odd House—with both successes and “opportunities for continued growth” to report thus far. How are you doing? I must admit that, once Peter abandoned the Whole30 mid-month, my motivation waned. I didn’t jump ship completely, but I did bring cream unabashedly back to my coffee, and one day I even cracked open a […]

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Is Whole30 Right for You?

A few months ago I had the following email from Valerie: I wanted to mention the couple of blog entries about your family’s experience with Whole30. That information was tucked away in the recesses of my mind; and then I read another blog (a young woman trying to lose weight—no one I know personally), and she mentioned Whole30. In the […]

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For the Ones Who Wait

  On Tuesday we dropped everything at 3 p.m. We left Daryl’s math lesson, half-finished, on his desk. We set science to one side. And we took a trip—a pilgrimage, really—to the Spring Hill Mall. There’s nothing special about this particular shopping establishment—except for the fact that we were there when I received one of my most life-changing phone calls—exactly […]

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In Honour of MLK

Guest post by Peter  Worrall Last Thursday, my husband Peter gave this brief address on the campus of Moody Bible Institute. It was a part of a program, honoring the life of Martin Luther King Jr. As a foreigner, I am a latecomer to the appreciation for Martin Luther King, who is celebrated on this third Monday in January each year.  […]

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Get Back on the Bike!

Tuesday was tough. It was my first day back as “homeschooling teacher-mom” after Daryl and Amelia had almost an entire month off. (Not recommended!) Supplies were out of order. Books had gone missing. The kids had forgotten how to behave. I had forgotten how to behave. And to top it all off, I caved and put milk in my coffee. […]

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What Is Point of Life Anyhow?

What is your chief goal in life? Do you know? Every human being wrestles with this key question, I think. Sometimes very intentionally. Sometimes subconsciously. Sometimes the same basic quest for meaning surfaces in different forms. Sometimes it has us asking more obvious and pressing questions like this: Is college necessary? What should I major in? Should I pursue this […]

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