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Why These 11 Noteworthy Millennials and I Are Proud to Represent 'The Worst Generation'

Did God Call Us to Denver or Did We Just Go?, a story on transitions, written by Stephanie Gates.

Alaska mountain landscape A view on the Klondike Highway, Alaska Fill Your Autoresponder Everytime with the "Full Meal Deal"

a wide mercy: what we talk about, when we talk about social media

it's not a social media problem, it's a life problem.

a wide mercy: what I learned when my son went to work with me

He asked to go to work with his dad. The neighbors' kids were planning a "bring your child to work" day, and he wanted to do the same.

a wide mercy: healing takes a long, long time.

One thing I know for sure: healing takes a long, long time. It's been not quite two years since we left a destructive theology.

4 Things I Wish I'd Known When I Was Parenting Toddlers The First Time Around

I want to re-read this when I'm having a hard time. Like every mother, I want to see all of my kids grow into happy, fully functioning people. But now I am now convinced that endeavor can only begin when I accept who they naturally are.

a wide mercy: on my first year of he-who-must-not-be-named

Homeschooling is one of those things. Like breastfeeding and co-sleeping, the topic of homeschooling inevitably kills a vibe in the room.

a wide mercy: when you're looking for your village

We're standing in a dark hallway, silently weighing our next move. Behind one door, I hear the baby's slow, sleepy wail.

a wide mercy: when you're searching for a God you can trust

Creative Commons - Tom Haymes I never left church. The Sunday after leaving a destructive theology I sat in a different pew - jittery, .

a wide mercy: on giving our kids a perfect life

Once I saw those two little pink lines, everything in my life centered around creating the best possible world for my baby. I choked down .

a wide mercy: on messes, success, and how we spend our days

He walks in to a mess. I'm working on laundry . I've already folded and put away four loads, and now the final basket waits for me on the.