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Hi! This is a place I come to show up as I am. Messy, imperfect, and beautiful with a strong need for coffee in the morning and a glass of wine at night. I’m a wife to an amazing guy and a mom to a blue-eyed little boy with hair...

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  1. Love this post… awesome words! Little tragedies that cause me to stagger: a messy house, dishes in the sink, paper piles on the counter and car brakes that squeak. Life’s graces: a loving husband, a reliable job and paycheck, a great family that lives close by, an amazing church, our Thursday night dinner club with friends, and many many more. 🙂

  2. Little Tragedies: teenagers that talk back
    Really- my ever running toilet
    An unkind word
    Tattered relationship
    Big grace: waking up to a new day
    Trip to Joplin
    His Word
    new friends

  3. i am a “drip” catcher….constantly looking for the container that will catch them all, keep any from falling to the ground. My buckets aren’t big enough. My efforts aren’t fast enough. Maybe I’m trying to save what needs to be lost.

    thank you for the reminder that in reality i hold, i control, i contain NOTHING. But for Christ alone.

  4. Wow! How did you know this is my life? I too am a “drip catcher” but for every one else. God lead me to Proverbs 3 this morning and now I know why.

  5. I often find myself more stressed about the little tragedies than the big ones. Even in injuries- I have a harder time dealing with a paper cut or a stubbed toe than a bad fall.

    In life, my biggest little tragedies seem to be the recurring ones: tasks not getting crossed of my list, struggling to get out the door on time, grumpy children, and unmet expectations.

    If I let them, the tragedies can actually be the source of the grace. The grace to know my value is not based on what I achieve, that I am not in control, that true love is unconditional, and that God’s expectations of me are often very different than my expectations of myself.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  6. Love this! Personally, this is my theme song and daily mantra – “I am not really in control…it’s an illusion I create for myself. Somehow there is comfort in knowing that I am taking care of everything. But really, I’m not.” I think this goes for a lot of us women and moms out there who juggle, juggle, juggle. And how much more powerful it is to just let go…

  7. Timely! I just faced a strangling “little tragedy” a couple nights ago. The gift of tears was my saving grace! That and my earlier resolution to daily focus on the “little” bits of light God blesses everyone with (whether you can see them or not). Thank you, we can never be reminded of a “grace” focus enough.

  8. God bless you for this!

    Tragedies:
    Baby rejecting solid food that I serve him.
    Preschooler ignoring my instructions
    Leaking ceiling that never gets resolved
    Project that is taking me F.O.R.E.V.E.R. to complete

    Thankful for:
    The fact that I have children – I have friends that don’t
    Children that smile beautifully at me and love me
    God’s unconditional love for me
    My husbands unconditional love for me