Peace Garden Mama II

A garden blend of family, faith and following the muse

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   Sep 01

meaningful mondays: kiss from God (reunion with a friend)

I’ve known Christina for several years now, but it’s only been recently that I’ve been in her physical presence and gotten to know her in the flesh. Christina was the driving force behind our writers’ adventure in the Deep South this past summer. I gave an account of those travels earlier here while they were [...]

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   Aug 29

faith & family fridays: the anointing

Today, I received an anointing from my priest. Here’s what happened. We walked into the healing room in our church. Father pointed out the beautiful painting of St. Raphael above a chair with soft cushions. St. Raphael was, in the painting, extending his hands in a loving and beautiful manner. (Unfortunately, no photos of dear [...]

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   Aug 27

writing wednesdays: when life gets messy…

Maybe clean it up, maybe embrace it. What do you think? I’m delving into the messy today on Peace Garden Writer. Care to jump in the dirt pile with me, plunge into the chaos, smear a little spaghetti sauce on the face? Alright then, let’s go!

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   Aug 25

meaningful mondays: skipped steps, delayed responses

Because our oldest child didn’t follow the usual course, or at least the one we’d envisioned when he was a little whipper snapper — bright-eyed, blonde and boisterous and speaking in full and correct sentences well before age two — we missed a few steps along the way. There was no college to prep for, [...]

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   Aug 22

faith & family fridays: why matter matters

Recently, I attended an event that brought some fresh Christian voices my way. The Catholic Answers conference in my husband’s hometown of Glenwood, Minn., left me feeling enlightened and gifted with new ways of articulating things about the faith I’ve known but haven’t been able to describe easily to others before. Some of the most [...]

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   Aug 20

writing wednesdays: dad at the fargo theater

It’s their anniversary tomorrow; the people whose lives came together to make mine. I can’t help but have Dad on my mind this month for other reasons, too. Atticus may have something to do with it, I suppose. It’s all laid out today on Peace Garden Writer.

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   Aug 15

faith & family fridays: banquet in a field

I’m still not exactly sure how I got so fortunate to be invited, but when the invitation came, I knew I couldn’t say no to dinner in a prairie field. Yep, there I am, Peace Garden Mama taking a sunflower selfie! The event was organized by a group of women who are part of an [...]

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   Aug 13

writing wednesdays: all puffed up are we?

It’s tempting, isn’t it? To think it’s all about us. But is it really? I’ve got a few thoughts that I hope will inspire you in your writing and living. But you can’t discover them without visiting Peace Garden Writer today. See you there! PGM

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   Aug 11

meaningful mondays: family vacay in delightful duluth

Our family may never experience flying on an airplane together. In opening our hearts to a bigger family, we silently agreed to give up this luxury, though we may not have known it at the time we were in the midst of collecting kids. But one sacrifice I’ve never been willing to make is to [...]

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   Aug 04

meaningful mondays: celebrating dad

To be honest, Dad was never much for birthdays. Growing up the youngest son of nine kids, there were years in there where birthdays sort of got lost in the shuffle. In fact, for most of his life, Dad didn’t even know his actual birthday. An aunt was adamant it was Aug. 4, but not [...]

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