Tag Archives | Family Uncaged

Erin McEndree’s Thin Place: Birth Mother

Erin’s story shows us how sometimes our earthly relationships give us a glimpse of our relationship with God.

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My thin place is a lady named Jeanette. She carried me for 9 months, but never held me. I never laid eyes on her, but always knew about her. For 36 years we, separately, thought about each other, especially on my birthday. For 36 years I wondered what she looked like. For 36 years I hoped and prayed she had a good life and a family. (more…)

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Shawn McVay’s Thin Place: Praying for Mom

Shawn succinctly shares her thin place in a powerful way. How amazing to serve the God who is near.

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In 1997 my mom underwent colon cancer surgery. Due to having advanced lung disease the doctors were concerned about her going under anesthesia. Their concerns were valid. She came out of the surgery, remained on a ventilator and in a coma.

As the weekend got under way many people were praying for her. We five kids knew that this was the horror mom had always dreaded: living on a machine.

Sunday evening while sitting in church I received a…

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Win a free copy of Beyond the Mirror

My friend Ashley does a much better job of explaining her ministry to wives of porn-addicted husbands (and those in recovery), so I encourage you to watch her here:

To have a chance at winning her free book, simply comment below answering, “How has God used something bad in your life for something good?”

I look forward to reading your stories!

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France glimpse 1: without words

I’m revising some old posts from our time in France to give you a glimpse of what our lives were like there, as well as to highlight some of the lessons I learned. I still don’t write publicly about how our time went there, but I’m comfortable with this week’s glimpse. I’ve kept the comments there too, to complete the picture. As I look back on these posts, I see how much deep, lasting growth happened in the pain. I’m so very thankful.

If you’d like to read…

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Entropy and Housework

This is one of my old columns from the Rowlett Lakeshore Times a couple years ago. I thought I’d resurrect it for a little levity. This is what my kids looked like when I wrote that column!

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Somewhere in the back of my tired brain, I remember something I learned in college. I remember learning about entropy. I remember the professor telling us that entropy was about a system or a universe moving from a state of order to disorder. I don’t know why, but the definition stuck, filed neatly behind “don’t mix ammonia and bleach”…

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I made a paper wreath!

When I first saw this paper wreath tutorial at The Lovely Residence, I was smitten completely and determined to make my own. Her instructions at the site were perfect. Here’s my pictorial essay on how mine went.

First I had to choose square scrapbook paper and glue two pieces together. (If you have reverse-able paper, you won’t have to do this. You need 6 pages–12 glued together).

Fold into triangles. Measure at…

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From Pessimism to Optimism 1: I am happiest when …

I’ve worried whether I’d be a pessimist for the rest of my life. But, oddly, after our time in France, something paradoxical happened. I became strangely positive. But then I read the book Learned Optimism by Martin E. P. Seligman, PhD, and took a little test that bothered my little paradigm. Even though I felt more optimistic, I really was a true pessimist.

Drat.

On a few points, I was moderately optimistic, tempered by a slew of “very pessimistic”s. These results, of course, result in more pessimism.

So I’m on a little quest this week about optimism….

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Random Acts of Family

I thought I’d give you a glimpse into our lives today. These are iphone pics.

 

 

My lunch one day this weekend. Watercress, tomatoes, shaved romano cheese, oregano, garlic, salt, olive oil, balsamic vinegar

 

 

Not sure why this turned sideways, but this is Julia demonstrating that my book actually worked! Just look at that confidence and courage!

 

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7 things that make me happy today

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My kitty Madeline

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My sweet dog Pippin

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Our home in Spring

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The redbud in our front yard

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Emerging peonies

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Tammy’s Thin Place: ReRighting the Battered Pages

Stuck in a moment you can’t get out of? You don’t have to be. Tammy experienced God’s grace as she thought about her childhood. She blogs at If Meadows Speak, sharing stories of reclaiming  her family ranch and restoring her life. (Is God restoring something in your life? You can share your story here.)

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“Mercy triumphs over judgment.” James 2:13 

I’d been here before but they didn’t know. A lifetime ago I lived here. One young year spent on this campus, playing tennis, and spending a rare snow-laden day sledding on trash…

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