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Expectations… that aren’t expected

Expectations… that aren’t expected

We all live with expectations… some realistic, others unrealistic.  Some expectations are met, others unmet leaving us disappointed.  In many ways, our expectations come from a deep desire that lies within all of us… hope.  To live without hope would be… well… hopeless.  But eventually, we all will come to realize that our expectations will be unmet and it will feel like our hope has been dashed – that our hope has left us lacking and disappointed. There is no…

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The Year that Ran Away

The Year that Ran Away

It was December 2013… in fact, just over a year ago when we all laced our shoes up to get ready for the annual Jingle Bell Run here in Tallahassee.  All three of our boys were excited about running the race and Brooke (quite great with child) cheered us on from the sidelines.  Brock was off and running with ahead of us and I had Jake and Cole in tow. Jake was learning about pacing himself and I kept a…

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gain through pain

gain through pain

You know the old saying, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” or “no pain, no gain.”  I definitely find some merit in those statements and I have found them to really be true in my life in many areas.  But when the tables are turned and it is your son having to experience the pain in hopes of some gain, everything changes.   I took Cole to his physical therapy appointment last week (and we are very grateful to…

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Finding Joy in the Journey

Finding Joy in the Journey

We’ve all heard that really life is what you make of it.  It’s the idea that even despite our circumstances (good or bad) somehow we are in charge of our destiny.  And while I understand the sentiment, those thoughts are often misguided when it comes to our autonomy and free will and God’s sovereignty.  But when circumstances get tough, usually the questions and trite quotes come.  People falling into the proverbial ditches on either side of this road of life….

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Longing for Restoration

Longing for Restoration

When sin entered into the world, it touched… or better, fractured everything.  Things that were once whole became broken, things that were infinite became finite, beauty become dulled and bodies that were designed in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:27) became subject to frailty.  We not only can look around and see this in the world around us – disease, brokenness, dullness, etc., but we even can feel this in the very core of our being.  And something…

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Calendar Countdown

Calendar Countdown

Our boys live for the next holiday.  Usually, we finish one and the next question that follows is, “Now that we’ve had _____ what is coming next?”  There is something magical about expectation.  The anticipation and the longing often makes the celebration that much more exciting.  And while our reactions temper as we age, I’m quite certain we still possess the same feelings towards the big day – no matter what kind of big day it is. In many ways,…

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The Tension of Information

The Tension of Information

There is a tension point in my heart this morning.  I feel the need to write because I know so many of you are following our journey and expecting updates.  I also feel the need to write because it helps me process so many of the thoughts and feelings that we are experiencing.  But I’m also strongly against making this about us or somehow keeping my family or myself in the spotlight.  In fact, on my morning walk to the…

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