Navigating the Holidays with Love

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by Abby Wahl Holidays can be joyous, a time of year we look forward to celebrating. They can also be difficult to navigate, filled with anxiety and certain people we come to dread. Over the years I have had to learn to deal with difficult people and situations. I have found that some people we love the most can love us the worst. Learning to navigate the holiday season takes a special measure of grace. Today I am sharing some … Read More

5 Things I Learned in November

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I suppose I can’t say something about how I can’t believe the month is over – every month. I’m getting to that point in life, though, where the eye-roll clichés just seem like truths that need to be stated. We started out with a mild, warmish fall, but have now definitely hit the cold – but not cold enough for snow or ice. That’s something I am personally grateful for, even though my kids would love some snow. Talking into … Read More

October in Books

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October was a much better reading month. My deliberate efforts to cut my time wasters, to choose reading instead as a rest activity, and to include reading in the morning and evening are paying off. The pay off is not just that I finished twice the number of books, but also that my mind feels fed and full and I find it easier to have interesting conversation in various contexts rather than mere detail-swapping (which definitely has a place in … Read More

5 Things I Learned in October

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October was crazy. Crazy like I have 5 school-age kids including 2 teens kinda crazy. Crazy like overcommitted kinda crazy. But the overcommitted bit should die down just in time for the holidays-type of overcommitted, so I think it will all work out ok. Whew! I’d toyed around with the idea of doing a 6 week holiday-prep challenge or program, but realized I would be along for the ride, barely following my own usual 6 week “interval” skeleton this year. … Read More

September in Books

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So I have a new rule for these monthly book posts. I can’t include any book in my “currently reading” stack that I haven’t actually read in that month. Sometimes books get put on hold, and that’s ok, but I’m not really “currently” reading it if I’m not picking it up. I think it will force some honesty, which is always good! Books I Finished So back in April Pam raved about Louis L’Amour’s novel, Lonesome Gods. While we were … Read More

5 Things I Learned in September

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Wow – time flies when you’re….busy. Ha! This has been a more action-packed school year than we’ve ever had before. People told me that happened with teens, but I didn’t believe them. Those experienced moms, people. They know what they’re talking about. Listen, even if you don’t like what they’re saying. Cindy Rollins is the real deal. Speaking of experienced moms to listen to, Cindy Rollins is high on that list. 

The highlight of my September was not only meeting … Read More

August in Books

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I think I might have written more words than I read if you don’t count Bible reading. I have about 1000 words at least off in limbo – written into my Scholé Sisters talk draft and then cut, cut, cut. But I might also have spoken more words than written, which is an odd proportion for me. Between the Work the Plan seminars, recording podcasts of all types (my own and Scholé Sisters), and re-recording Work the Plan lessons, my … Read More

5 Things I Learned in August

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Before moving forward, it’s always best to look back and evaluate. Yet when we evaluate, it’s almost always with an eye focusing on what we didn’t like and what we didn’t do. Let’s look back over the previous month and think about what we’ve learned, so we can take those lessons and move forward into fall. Share what you learned in the comments! #1 – Blank half-sized notebooks are the perfect portable brain dump vehicle. When my friend Sarah’s new … Read More

The Self-Care You Need is Spiritual

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Online conversations quickly devolve, and none more quickly than those centering on self-care. Yet, this conversation has traction and persistence for a very valid reason: We so ardently wish to not burn out, but to continue doing the good work set before us. We want to be effective. But we aren’t sure how. We’re weary in the good works God has given us, even though the Bible says we shouldn’t be. As with most online “discussions,” each person comes to … Read More

Becoming a lifelong learner.

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This started off as an introduction to my talk at the Learning Well retreat, but grew too unwieldily. It got the ax in my presentation, but now finds a home here. Learn more about the upcoming retreat at the end of the post! So. When my oldest child was 5 years old – 10 years ago now! – I was twenty-six years old. I had read stacks of books about homeschooling because I was about to embark on the project … Read More

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