Behind the Scenes Archive

Failure: Unpopular Notion or Life-Changing Opportunity?

Failure: the dreaded outcome of a challenging endeavor. An undesirable finish to a grueling race. The absence of merit. To put it in fancy Merriam-Webster terminology, “the nonperformance of something due, required, or expected; a subnormal quantity or quality; an insufficiency; a condition of being bankrupt by reason of insolvency.” To put it bluntly, failure
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What’s Your Groove? | My Writing Playlist

I’ve always loved country music. From old-school classics like Rhinestone Cowboy, Jolene, Wichita Lineman, and The Gambler  to current top country hits such as Dirty Laundry, Vice, and Song for Another Time, I admire how each one tells a story and often reveals the intense motivation and emotions undergirding the lyrics. Yes, there are a few that are sooo
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Behind the Scenes: Festival of the Multi-colored Brick

It’s probably no surprise that a house full of boys would also be a house full of Lego bricks. We are big fans. From Lightning McQueen to Mace Windu, we possess a vast assortment. We’re also a little sick and tired of winter at this point, so I’m thankful we’ve had a couple of epic
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Behind The Scenes: A Season For Everything

Fall is one of my favorite seasons here. The changing colors, the crisp fall air … sunny afternoons that don’t require a jacket to play outside. Such a sharp contrast to what I’m used to in the Pacific Northwest, where fall usually means the absence of color as the rainy season starts and everything becomes
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Behind the Scenes: The Imperfectly Awesome Birthday

It’s one of my life’s little ironies … the kid who is constantly moving, cracking jokes, making us laugh and often impersonating some mode of transportation (planes, trains and race cars) is the one who vehemently objects to birthday parties on his big day. I think we might have had a party for him when
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Behind the Scenes: There’s a Mouse in My Bowl and Other Life Lessons

Bleary-eyed and grumpy, I scooped the dog’s food out of the bag this morning at 6:53 and poured not only a cup full of kibble into the bowl, but also a mouse. He blinked and waved hello. Just kidding. He picked up another morsel of dog food and kept eating like he belonged there. At
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Behind the Scenes: Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Several weeks ago, our church announced plans to attend a minor league baseball game on a Sunday evening in late August. We were on vacation when I received the email and before I bothered to talk to my family, the deadline for purchasing tickets came and went. Another announcement was made in church this past
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Behind the Scenes: Jet Lag? Who Has Jet Lag?

Our recent vacation carried us across three time zones. While it was still the middle of the night on the West coast, the boys had “slept in” according to their body clocks. Ugh. I plied them with fun apps on the Kindle and more than enough Disney Jr on television…my options for somewhat quiet activities
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Behind the Scenes: Summer of the Swim Test

We all long to see your children succeed, don’t we? We pay a lot of lip service to letting our children make mistakes so we can teach them the appropriate coping strategies. But in reality, I can hardly stand it when things don’t go well. I can barely stand it when I fail, much less
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Behind the Scenes: Choosing Joy

At first glance, they are adorable. Three boys. Three chairs. Caught in a candid moment that melts a mama’s heart. But this is the last time they’ll sit in these chairs for awhile. The car is jam-packed with all our worldly possessions–at least the ones we thought we couldn’t live without for a week–we’re sweating
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