Seeking joy in the busyness of life

This fall has been a season of abundance. I have too many things to balance, too many competing priorities, too many problems to solve, and too many reasons not to go to sleep on time.
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National Adoption Month, the time change, a trip to First Fruits Farm, and more (7 Quick Takes)

Even before we were married, John and I had talked about adoption. But talking about adoption is not the same as deciding to adopt. Coming to that decision can be difficult, and I feel so fortunate that John and I came to it together.
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Tell me a story

Stories help us incorporate memories and traditions into our family. They help us know who we are.
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The gift of a shooting star

The other night our son was outside with his father, scanning the heavens, when a shooting star streaked across the sky.
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Halloween costumes and emotions, November prayers, St. Verdiana, and more (7 Quick Takes)

Even with all the worry about the weather, we got in a beautiful night of trick-or-treating, winding our way through our Halloween-happy neighborhood.
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Voting to change the date of Halloween: Trick or treat?

Rain is in the forecast for Halloween night, so our neighborhood created a poll. Suddenly, I found I was allowed to vote on which night Halloween would be.
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A day at the races, searching for costumes, homemade birthday cards, and more (7 Quick Takes)

Our friend Theresa invited us to go to the Maryland Million with her, so our boys and I headed down to Laurel for a few hours at the races.
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The magnificence of an underwhelming autumn

Maybe there’s a little extra wonder when we almost overlook that evolution—in nature and even in ourselves.
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A special moment during Communion

It was a simple exchange—but I was struck by the power and the beauty of that interaction between a husband and wife.
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The arrival of autumn, a day trip, meeting a chinchilla, and a flyswatter update (7 Quick Takes)

Fall is such a beautiful season. I do love the mums and the pumpkins and the wondering when my children will tell me what they want to be for Halloween so we can make a mad dash to the store to find costumes.
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Accompanied by angels

We want to believe the sun will rise tomorrow and we’ll embrace the fullness of another day. We must live life with that hope. There is no other way.
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