Author Archives: candi

Garden Grace

One spring day, I worked in the front garden, filling in squirrel holes and looking for new growth. My garden project for that day was to place two shepherd’s hooks that would eventually hold wind chimes or garden baubles—something whimsical … Continue reading

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Lessons From the Cardinals

Cami and I love nature. We’ll take 30 minutes to watch a caterpillar eat on a leaf, or a spider spin-wrap its prey, or a toad hide in the grass. By far, our favorite nature activity is bird watching. Lately, … Continue reading

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The Day I Delivered the Moon Pies

One Sunday at church, an acquaintance asked my husband, “Do you think your wife would be interested in seeing Beth Moore speak at the Pentagon?” WOULD I??!?!? This gentleman arranged for me and two other ladies to hear Mrs. Beth … Continue reading

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Lessons from the Garden

In every house we’ve lived in, I’ve had some kind of garden. Even when our only outdoor space was only a cement patio, I covered it with pots of trees and flowers and fruits and vegetables. In our suburban townhome … Continue reading

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Bank Missions

As hard as life can be with a child with hidden disabilities, I often find Jesus smack dab in the middle of our days. I think this hyper-awareness of the holy in the everyday comes because I am paying more … Continue reading

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When Power and Sleep Don’t Mix

Sometimes Cami has trouble going to sleep at night because her brain is so full. Years ago, in a moment of silently-breathed prayer (“Lord, how can I help her go to sleep??”), God inspired me with an art therapy for … Continue reading

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Easter Conversations

“Mom, are those macaronis done?” I stirred the blue box of macaroni and cheese, adding sharp cheddar cheese a little at a time. “I’m stirring them now, Honeybear.” “Mmmmmmmm, they sure smell good.” Underneath the silence, I could hear the … Continue reading

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The Easter Gospel

I am grateful for this place to write and for the time you take to read this blog. I don’t take this privilege lightly. On the contrary, I believe this space matters greatly in God’s economy. So I want to … Continue reading

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Back Off, Jack

A friend and I were comparing signs of how our children are growing up and branching out into adulthood. He talked about the choosing-a-college process and the decision-making skills that his son is cultivating. I talked about the moments when … Continue reading

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By Any Other Name

I have a confession to make. Most people don’t know my name. The federal government does. And the people at the bank. And my parents. Most people know me as “Candi.” But that isn’t my real name. My husband’s best friend … Continue reading

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