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How many outfits does it take to get to California?

After about a month of agonizing and overanalyzing, we finally pulled the trigger and bought plane tickets to San Diego. Neil was going for work, I had never been to SoCal, and so we made our first family plane trip. … Continue reading
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The Sweetest Thing

While Skyping from Bosnia, my sister asked me what was the surprising but amazing thing about having a kid. At the time all I could pull together was a very un-profound answer about how they change so fast, and how … Continue reading
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Simon Says

I had to get that title out of the way. But for real, life does kind of feel like that sometimes now. Parenting is confusing because I don’t want to be child-centered and raise my kid to think the world … Continue reading Continue reading

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Go the F*** to Sleep

When Simon was born a single friend gave us a hilarious book, read here by Samuel L. Jackson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3UwbpUKCTo People told us about the “grace period” of having a newborn, when they sleep so much. God must have made them do … Continue reading Continue reading

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Giants in the Land

I can’t believe he’s finally here, and already three months old. I definitely can believe it’s taken me three months to finally get back to blogging! I never even posted my last blog about being pregnant (site wasn’t working) and … Continue reading Continue reading

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On Becoming a Hillbilly

“Neil!” I woke myself up yelling. Just a second before, still half asleep, I heard what sounded like something was in trouble. “Shhh, Kalie.” Neil shot back immediately. Apparently I had been talking in my sleep. As soon as his … Continue reading Continue reading

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The “Oh S***” Phase

I can’t believe I’ve reached my third trimester. I still can’t get my mind around the idea of having a baby in three months! I’m finally getting close enough to my due date that I’m no longer feeling so impatient, … Continue reading Continue reading

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It’s a Boy!

I can’t believe it’s been 14 weeks since I last posted! Here is a blog I wrote two months ago and kept forgetting to post: It’s a boy! I can’t believe we’ve come this far. After the ultrasound Neil kept … Continue reading Continue reading

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Magic Number 14

Today is a magical day. Today I’m allowed to stop worrying so much, tell acquaintances I’m pregnant, and think I might actually have a baby. Today I’m magically supposed to be less tired (seems true), less naseous (never really was), … Continue reading Continue reading

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Why to Buy Operation World

Usually I tell people why they shouldn’t buy things. But sometimes I find a deal so good, I can’t help but tell everyone about. And I’ve found the deal of a century: the new Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide … Continue reading Continue reading

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The Anchor of My Soul

Three years ago I started writing a “year in review” blog. Measuring by life events alone, 2010 sucked. But considering how I’ve experienced God’s hope and joy, this was actually the best year of my life so far. A solidarity … Continue reading Continue reading

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Wait for the Lord

On the way home from the hospital, a voice pleaded, “Why, God? Why?” I learned so much the first time, but what was this supposed to teach me? No idea. “Wait for the Lord.” That funny phrase from the Old … Continue reading Continue reading

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So You Think You Can Dance?

The playground antics of elementary-school boys are at once comical and revolting. As miniature men, they compete relentlessly, and turning down a dare is social suicide, with effects that reverberate through high school. Eating bugs, jumping from the jungle gym, … Continue reading Continue reading

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Be Ye Outlaws

God delivers an outrageous command in Leviticus 11:44: “Be holy, for I am holy.” But it’s impossible to be like God, so why did He command this? Continue reading Continue reading

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