Lydia Sage: A Birth Story

The short, non-graphic version of this story is that I labored for about five hours, and delivered our baby girl in our home (yes, on purpose). She was 9 pounds exactly, 21 inches long, and we named her Lydia Sage. Yes we had the name picked out; I suggested it and Josh was immediately on […]

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ornaments: a minimalist story

I don’t know about your family, but it seems that as far back as I can remember, my family has been exceedingly sentimental about Christmas ornaments. Every year when we pulled the Christmas decorations out at the Wilson house – after bringing home a freshly cut tree from Cherry Grove Tree Farm – the adorning […]

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a hamster diary entry:

in which Pavarotti recounts his grand adventure one cold November night. I’m not sure how long I’ve been free but it’s wonderful! The loud thumping around from the humans is a little scary, but luckily when I crawl through this hole and between these giant pieces of wood, the thumping gets quieter. I think it […]

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Our Messiah: Part 3

“Grandmother Anna, you must stay in today,” I sigh for the third time that morning. “You’re not well.” My mother’s grandmother smiles at me, her eyes disappearing behind layers of soft wrinkled skin. “I am as well as I have ever been. The Lord’s work will not wait. I must go and pray at the […]

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Our Messiah: Part 2

“Marah, quickly. Guests will start arriving as early as tonight. We must be ready.” I stumble down the steps carrying an armload of sheets. “Mama, I am moving quickly,” I say, muffled by the pile of cloth. “It’s not my fault Papa asked me to carry all these at once!” “Watch now,” my sister grunts, […]

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Our Messiah: Part 1

I joyfully skip down the dirt path as the sun rises. The shepherds already have their sheep on the hillside in the distance. I call a morning “Shalom!” to our neighbor who sits outside washing clothes. “Sara,” she says with a smile. “Too much excitement this early in the morning. Are you off to see Mary?” […]

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Our Messiah: A Blog Series

It’s just been one of those weeks. Long days at work, sent my sister back to college, got some kind of stomach/cold thing, shattered my phone screen, stressed about Christmas presents, Christmas programs, and Christmas parties . . . Let’s just say, I’ve been a bit of a mess. And to top it all off, I came […]

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