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*Originally posted on The MOPS Blog*    My 10-year-old son has dyslexia. It’s not an excuse, but it does play a vital role in the way he sees the world. Literally. To him the world can be overwhelming. Words. Sounds. Messes. The unfamiliar. Lots of people. It can all be too much for his brain to process. Sending him up to his room alone to clean only leads to meltdowns, tears (from both of us) and nothing accomplished in the end. It took me years to learn that something needed to change. I chalked his lack of motivation to poor work...

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  The lights hang overhead, strung from one side of the deck to the other and back again. As the sun goes down late into the evening the flames flicker on the table trying to keep the pesky bugs away.  The back door is either left wide open or constantly slamming depending on which kid is running in and out. The men are standing in the corner as smoke billows from the Big Green Egg cooking something my husband has a hankering for. The women are carrying out dishes, napkins, silverware, trays of grilled corn, plates of roasted veggies, and...

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Modern with a touch of vintage, homey and inviting, contemporary and full of life. Pancakes with bacon, apricot chicken followed by Nutella cake, Swedish Pancakes with fresh berries and whipped cream. Fishing, trips to the city, swimming, baseball games, bike rides and ice cream scooping.  From Seattle to Chicago to Cincinnati to Kentucky to Indianapolis, we spent the last two weeks driving through the Midwest, visiting family. Different houses, beds, and tables. Different rhythms, styles and personalities. One common theme: welcome. Each home welcomed us in with open arms. Welcoming isn’t cookie cutter. Welcoming isn't about trying to do it...

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Summer is here in the Pacific Northwest and that means only one thing. Ok, not just one, that's just silly. But it does mean iced coffee! This is the easiest and most delicious iced coffee recipe. My friend Maya shared it with me, so she gets all of the credit for this one. This is a great recipe to have in your fridge ready for any friends or guests you may have over. You could put the coffee in mason jars, tie a string and note around and deliver to friends or a new neighbor. Ingredients Dark Roast Ground Coffee...

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  Eleven years ago I sat in our local bakery meeting a new a friend. Over raspberry scones and coffee I worked up the nerve to ask her if she wanted to start meeting on a regular basis. Getting a glimpse to how guys must feel when asking a girl on a date, I was nervous I might be rejected. I had moved to this small town four years prior and was still struggling to make deep friendships. I was newly married and fresh out of ministry. My life had been wrapped up in camping with high schoolers, falling in...

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