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The Christmas Card

For the past two years now I’ve given a talk called “Grumble Merry Christmas.” In this talk, I admit that Rivadeneira Christmas Cards will not happen. “A Merry Christmas on Facebook will suffice,” I say. Well, turns out I lied. I’ve decided this year that a Merry Christmas wish on my BLOG will also happen. […]

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Hard to Complain

Most of the reviews for Grumble Hallelujah have been quite good (read them here). I’ve loved the emails and messages readers have sent, and the kind words friends have shared. So nice to know that something I worked so hard on and poured so much heart, mind and soul into is being well-received. But of […]

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Moving Forward

Last week while hiking around Horseshoe Island, just off the “coast” of Peninsula State Park in beautiful Fish Creek, Wisconsin, I realized something:while I can be as (sort of) adventuresome as the next person, I really hate notknowing where I’m going. See, not long after we had beached our kayaks on thedeserted island and set […]

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Mother’s Day Giveaway!

So…in honor of Mother’s Day AND the debut of my brand-new, redesigned site (thanks to Marc Miller @ Big Ocean Studios!), a few of my Redbud Writers Guild friends and I have come up with a great giveaway! A four-book package with a retail value of like 50 bucks or something. (Maybe, I haven’t even […]

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First Day of School Eve

So tomorrow my oldest son starts first grade. I’m a real mom now. I just packed his lunch, and now I’m about to set my alarm so we can all get up in time to get him to his bus stop, just down the block. I just wrote another check, signed another form, folded them together, […]

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Good Mother’s Day Gifts

Aaah–so after a good couple of weeks of being deluged with print ads, commercials, and email blasts trying to sell me on the stuff moms want and need for Mother’s Day, today on the radio, I finally heard the truth—what we really need. Unlike what every jewelry store, specialty kitchen store, and department says, in a […]

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

I’m not usually one to go about making New Year’s resolutions because I don’t believe in setting anyone up for failure—myself included! But looking back over the past year, I realized I’ve got a few things I really need to work on (plus, I’m itching for a reason to use my cute bug bullet points again). […]

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Getting to Know God

Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” —Luke 2: 34-35 Last […]

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My Dog

A Christmas Blog Card

A couple days ago, in the midst of the zillions things going on, I panicked: Oh, no! Christmas cards!  I totally forgot. So I figured I had two choices: 1. Stop everything and bring all kinds of stress and Christmas chaos into my house just so I could get cards printed, labeled, and out the door […]

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