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The Incomparable Power of Words

I've loved books for as long as I can remember. The ability to get lost in a good story has always been one of my favourite pastimes. Occasionally I like to read a memoir and very occasionally I'll read non-fiction. But for me the greatest pleasure is found in imagined ...
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Book Review – The Polygamist’s Daughter

Anna LeBaron is the daughter of Ervil LeBaron, a man considered to be a Prophet by his many followers. He had several wives and more than fifty children and it was well known that he would attempt to murder anyone who left his cult. Anna was raised in this violent, ...
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When NOT To Be Grateful

I've written a lot about the importance of gratitude and how it can completely change your perspective on life. I think it's critical to repeatedly shift your focus off of your complaints and understand how much you truly have to be thankful for. But recently, I've been unsettled by what ...
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Always Do The Next Thing

A few years ago, when my hands were the most full with toddlers and laundry and diapers, I somehow managed to sneak away for a brief coffee with a friend who was visiting from out of town. We spoke about many things; our lives were in very different places. Her, ...
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Film Review – To Joey, With Love

Joey + Rory were an award winning country singing duo who sold hundreds of thousands of albums and also happened to be a husband and wife team. In 2013, a few months before the birth of their first child together, they decided to take a year off from the excitement ...
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Learning To Rest

“If you're tired, you're tired, no matter what. If the life you've crafted for yourself is too heavy, it's too heavy, no matter if the people on either side of you are carrying more or less.” -Shauna Niequist, Present Over Perfect Resting makes me anxious. It sounds counter-intuitive but it's ...
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Kelsey’s Story

In recognition of September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, I am re-posting this piece I wrote about Kelsey; the beautiful, kind, caring, sweet daughter of a friend of mine who passed away from this horrible disease. Kelsey's family is still working hard to fight childhood cancer. Please read and share ...
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Summer Site Round-Up

Summer is winding down and soon my kids will be back at school. There will be some changes, of course, but it won't be long before we'll all be settled into our new normal. This has been the hottest, driest summer I can ever remember in this part of the ...
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Summer Guest Post Series: “A Stitch In Time” by The Textile Dabbler

This summer I’ve decided to host a guest post series here on bumblebird. Each of my guests have written posts in keeping with the theme of finding meaning in the mundane aspects of life, whether related to practical matters or matters of faith. I love to hear perspective from others ...
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Summer Guest Post Series: “Cultivating A Beautiful Community” by April Janzen

This summer I’ve decided to host a guest post series here on bumblebird. Each of my guests have written posts in keeping with the theme of finding meaning in the mundane aspects of life, whether related to practical matters or matters of faith. I love to hear perspective from others ...
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Summer Guest Post Series: “What If You Don’t Like The Season Of Life You’re In?” by Kathy Forsyth

This summer I've decided to host a guest post series here on bumblebird. Each of my guests have written posts in keeping with the theme of finding meaning in the mundane aspects of life, whether related to practical matters or matters of faith. I love to hear perspective from others ...
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How Justifying My Time Is Killing My Peace Of Mind

I once worked as a temp in an office where my daily activities varied. At the end of each day I had to fill out a time sheet on which I listed the work I'd done and how much time I'd spent on each activity. Makes sense, right? My employer ...
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Book Review – A Mile Wide

The phrase “a mile wide and an inch deep” was first used in 1889 to describe a river in the western United States that was rendered useless for navigation due to of its lack of depth. According to Brandon Hatmaker in his upcoming new book A Mile Wide, the phrase ...
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Happy First Birthday bumblebird!

And so, here we are! It's been one whole year since I started this adventure known as bumblebird. It's amazing to me that only one year ago I was looking ahead to the Fall and wondering where I would be, and really, who I would be, when all three of ...
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