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The Scandal of Grace {Anatomy of an Affair: Part 1}

You can catch up on our marriage story here. We were the couple with the marriage others envied. By our late twenties we were earning enough to live comfortably, we had the little white house in the suburbs, new cars we loved, two beautiful kids, and were even heavily involved in ministry at our church.… Continue reading The Scandal of Grace {Anatomy of an Affair: Part 1}

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The Scandal of Grace {Tell Me Every Little Thing}

You can catch up on our “marriage story” here.  “Tell me anything and everything. I want to know you, everything little about you. Even the secret corners of your heart that feels hardest to let be seen and known. I want to know those places most of all.” Fast forward to our 15th anniversary, February… Continue reading The Scandal of Grace {Tell Me Every Little Thing}

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The Scandal of Grace {His Side of the Story: How We Healed}

{You can catch up on Anthony’s first post “Leave Or Love” here} …..But how? How could we go on, much less heal from here? It would start with just one offering of kindness and selfless grace that I didn’t always feel like giving, at a time. Because when my heart was crushed, if I was going… Continue reading The Scandal of Grace {His Side of the Story: How We Healed}

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The Scandal of Grace {Leave or Love}

You can catch up on our story from the beginning here. I didn’t know it yet, but this was the day my wife would tell me she had been having an affair with another man. As I was leaving work that afternoon a co-worker asked me why I was smiling and what I had to… Continue reading The Scandal of Grace {Leave or Love}

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The Scandal of Grace {Can I Come Home?}

In the months after the affair what I struggled with most was not feeling like I had a right to be home, under his roof, in his bed. Who was I and why did I deserve grace? Guilt. Shame. Condemnation. Self-pity. Self-righteous pride. “How could I have done that? How could I have allowed this… Continue reading The Scandal of Grace {Can I Come Home?}

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When The Weight Of Motherhood Crushes Us

  At first glance, most people would believe I’ve got really got it together in this area and have no reasons to feel the way I’m about to share with you. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Can I just be really honest and let you in on something I’ve been struggling with lately?… Continue reading When The Weight Of Motherhood Crushes Us

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On Days When We’re A Hot Mess Breakdown

There is no image to capture this moment, because nobody captures the real life moments where things are not lovely and life is not pretty. But leave it to me to believe we should talk about them anyways. Because this stuff, this is the real life stuff that connects us all together.                              ————————————- It… Continue reading On Days When We’re A Hot Mess Breakdown

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how good men liberate women.

Our daughter Olivia turns 11 next week. Her dad and I are watching her begin to leave her little girlhood behind and step into a new world of womanhood. (sigh) Little girls are so much less complicated than little women. Though mothers have enormous impact on our daughters, I have come to realize just how… Continue reading how good men liberate women.

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a gentle reminder that it’s okay to stop faking it.

  When I was a little girl, I might just have been the queen of pretending. Almost every memory of play I can remember revolves around an imaginary world of pretending I was a princess, or a famous singer, a wife and mommy, a girl who lives alone in the woods surviving on berries and… Continue reading a gentle reminder that it’s okay to stop faking it.

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when you need bubble wrap for your heart

“The human heart is exquisitely fragile. Our judgments need to be gentle, our understanding deep, and our forgiveness wide.” – Ron Rolheiser **** If I’m completely honest, I would admit that I haven’t exactly hit the ground running in 2016. The new year, which is supposed to be a time filled with fresh starts and newly… Continue reading when you need bubble wrap for your heart