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Why My Son Goes To a Low Performing Public School

As I have wrestled with the question of my son’s enrollment at a low-performing public school, I have come to a conclusion: why shouldn’t he? But maybe it would be helpful to clarify how our family ended up here.
A year and a half ago, my husband and I moved our tribe of six to the city from the suburbs. In the “burbs,” going to a neighborhood school means high-test scores. In general, it means involved parents packing higher ed degrees.

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A New Kind of Resolution

When I move forward, I often look back. I know our past does not determine our future. Most of us want to leave what is behind, behind. I agree. I don’t want to move forward with the past in my back pocket. It’s just that I gain perspective from my rear view mirror. I find courage in the back trail.
A few days ago, I sat down in the silence and remembered. I was overwhelmed. Rapidly, twelve months, 365 days, 8761 hours flooded my mind.

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My Favorite Things 2014

I’m certainly no Oprah. However, I wouldn’t mind a shot at my own talk show. Until then, I put together a Christmas list of “My Favorite Things.” Giving and receiving gifts ranks as one of my top love languages. And Christmas allows me the excuse to do a little more shopping to spread a little more love.
#1: THREAD and ARROW. I love this for a load of reasons. I know the owner, so that just makes me feel cool.  She lives in my neighborhood.

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Friends-giving

Last night, we participated in our first Friends-giving–a new tradition definitely worth repeating. We gathered with five other couples that have become more than just neighbors over the past year. They have become a part of our faith community at Center Church. They have become dear friends.
We ate the most delicious ham–crisp on the edges, dripping with sugary warm glaze. The scalloped potatoes were piping hot–cheese melting off every bite.

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Excuses That Send a Good Marriage Spinning

We were warned.
They told us it would be hard. They told us it could destroy our marriage. Not that we doubted them. We just believed we had it covered.
We had thirteen solid years of marriage under our belt. We’d been through much harder things then starting a new church. We did have a baby with Down Syndrome after all. How hard could birthing a church be? Vocational ministry is what we do. We love this stuff.
But just one year later, I found myself sitting in a conference workshop.

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