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“Hungry Ain’t Picky!”

I have a bumper sticker from our favorite spice shop posted on my refrigerator. It says ‘Love People. Cook them tasty food.” I love it because it reminds me that I don’t have to love to cook in order to cook. Even though I do like cooking, the fun kinda fizzles out when you have …

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Fixing my EPIC mistake

Once upon a time, in 2010, my husband and I dreamt up an organization to encourage biblical literacy, called Quarterlife Ministries (which we’re not longer actively pursuing, btw). We bought the domain name “doesitjivewiththebible.com and put up a website. Several years later, we completed a digital story….the working title was “The making of an Adventist” but …

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A letter to my 25-year-old self

Dear Delina, Sit down for a minute and read this. It’s a letter from the future you. Don’t skim it and scan it and roll your eyes. Read it, okay? Your birthday is in 10 days and you will be 25. You probably think that the perfect birthday celebration would be to have a party …

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Wedding planning advice

I wrote this for the fellow knotties after my wedding in 2004. Hope you can take something from it too…. My 2 cents—take it or leave it, but I hope it helps somebody who is still in the trenches. 1. Do what you want. It’s your wedding and if you want to walk in to the theme song to …

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Do I act like a toddler to God?

I was hanging up clothes in the twins’ room today and 3-year-old Maxton came in the room and announced, “Mommy! I put my clothes on ALL. BY. MYSELF.” He was very proud of his accomplishment. And though I congratulated him, I couldn’t help but chuckle that his shirt was on backwards and his pants were …

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What happens when you focus

This past Sunday, our family visited Homestead Heritage for their annual Christmas program. My sister warned me that it was amazing, but I wasn’t prepared to be wowed like I was. And honestly, I could have been wowed more had we not taken the kids. In their defense, they had had a full day, church, …

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‘Twas the night before Thanksgiving

I went to the Dollar Tree last week and snapped a picture of this sign. But no need to pick on Dollar Tree, there’s a similar sign at Wal-Mart, Walgreens and your local grocery store. I’ll be honest that it makes me sad. One reason is that my husband has a retail job. So tonight, …

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