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from a long way off… praying for prodigals

There’s nothing quite like having the flu to remind you just how weak and helpless you can feel. The past couple of weeks have been rough on the Wootton household, but it all reminds me of how things feel absolutely awful for what feels like forever at the time, and then everything changes. And vice… Continue reading from a long way off… praying for prodigals

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not posted yesterday: America, stop acting like a whiny teenager

The best part about having a teen, hands down, is watching him grow up and mature. It has been an honor to see his transformation into a responsible, caring, intelligent, sweet, loving young man who takes care of others (like his baby sisters) and is a helpful, delightful person to hang out with. It doesn’t happen overnight. Fo sho. But it does happen with thoughtful dialogue, respectful disagreements, humbling challenges, and a renewed sense of self and purpose in this world. 

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on step-Christmases and evil stepmoms

“So this is Christmas. And what have you done? Another year older. Gee, this ain’t fun!” Loosely adapted from some song I heard once on the radio. I said that 2012 was an awkward Christmas. It’s true. What I didn’t say is how 2013 was this crazy chaotic blessing of an occasion with sugar plum… Continue reading on step-Christmases and evil stepmoms