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Jessica

I Delight

This morning I woke up to a to-do list that weighs 9,000 pounds. I feel the weight of it resting on my shoulders, and…

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The Not So Secret Garden

When I was a little girl, I dreamed of a secret garden. I loved the classic children’s novel by the same name. I remember…

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The Fingers of Giants

Family gatherings have always been an important part of my family’s tradition. I live far enough away that I don’t get to see them…

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People Watcher

I am an observer. A people-watcher. My walk through this broken world is dotted and flourished with a great appreciation for humanity and for…

Jessica

Redefined

When I look back over my thirty-two years and attempt to sequence them, there are a couple of great divides. Befores and afters. The…

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Sing Your Song

The earliest memory I have of singing was in my bedroom closet before I’d even started preschool. I’d asked for one thing for Christmas,…

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The Land of What-If

Being a parent is terrifying. I used to live in so much fear that something awful would happen to my kids. Every news story…

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The World Inside a Seed

Years ago, when my oldest son Jackson was around six years old, my husband asked him what he thought I might like for my…