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Yard sales, commencement joy, cotton candy for breakfast, and free Easter egg dye (7 Quick Takes)

I could write quick takes or take care of the pile of dirty dishes in the sink. I think we both know which one I picked.
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A graduation address by the rider-less Preakness horse, Bodexpress

If you run the race you were meant to run, if you do it with heart and conviction and joy, you will discover you don’t need the winner’s circle. Because you will already have won.
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How to celebrate Mother’s Day, losing teeth, little league lessons, and more (7 Quick Takes)

Our Mother’s Day tradition is to go to the florist on the day before Mother’s Day to pick up a flowering basket for our back porch. It’s simple and fun and everyone enjoys it.
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Be Brave in the Scared (A book review)

You’ll find love and life and transformation and beauty in Mary Lenaburg's new book, Be Brave in the Scared.
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When you’re kind of a big deal but mostly not, birthday celebrations, fish for dinner, and more (7 Quick Takes)

You might think we just breezed into the advance screening of Detective Pikachu earlier this week. But you know there's always a back story.
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Take a Pika-Pika at Detective Pikachu

You could sit and imagine a world where Pokémon are real, live creatures, walking the streets with their human counterparts. Or you could simply go see Pokémon: Detective Pikachu.
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A prayer gathering for a baby on the way, chaperoning a field trip, dipping chocolate, and more (7 Quick Takes)

If you have come to one of my parties, you know that what I focus my energy on are the favors, inviting people the morning of the event, designing veggie trays, and scrambling to get the rest of the food together at the last minute.
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A surprise package from a friend

A few weeks ago our friend Annie traveled to Israel to visit family there. Her airplane landed there on Palm Sunday, and she even texted me from the airport to tell me she was there.
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Sixteen candles

Sixteen years ago today our niece was born! She was my very first niece (or nephew), and becoming an aunt brought tremendous joy.
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Easter moments, a forgotten lunch, egg dyeing, bunnies for dessert, and more (7 Quick Takes)

At Ash Wednesday Mass, our family was asked to carry up the gifts. Then on Easter Sunday, our family was asked again.
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The power of a conversation

On Good Friday it is hard to see the beauty through the darkness and the grief. On Good Friday it is finished. We have faith. We know that Easter will bring incredible joy. We know that not all is lost—that life wins out over death, that love overcomes all evil.
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Looking for love this Holy Week

You can sit back and watch. You can join the screaming crowds. Or you can walk right beside Jesus, moment by moment, day after day, of this powerful, emotional journey.
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