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Ministry and Motherhood: I know I love the Church. I think I will love my kids.

I was asked to write a guest post for the blog called "Ministry and Motherhood". I was told to just write whatever I was feeling. It was posted one day before my son was born. You can read it below or on the original website, here.   --- My call to the Church has been just as strong … if not stronger … than my call to motherhood. And so I’ve waited. ...

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Memory from the wilderness with Explore Austin

This year I had the fantastic opportunity of working at Explore Austin, a nonprofit that serves teenagers in East Austin through Leadership, Mentoring, and Adventure. For four months I was their office manager, and during that time I was sent on one of their Summer Wilderness Trips in the Hill Country. When I got back, I wrote a short essay for them to include on ...

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What it takes to be a hot dog

I moved to Austin and two weeks later it was SXSW. * SXSW? Don't know what South by Southwest is? Also known as "South by" for those who don't want to finish saying the long name, it is a music festival, film festival, and interactive festival all wrapped up into a two-week experience that draws thousands to Austin every year. You can read about it on Wikipedia ...

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Photo shoot in Austin – Ron Parks Photography

You have to love Groupon. I do. I get on Groupon's website, and not only do I find excellent deals, I also find a multitude of ideas for dates and outings with friends. Kayaking trip? Yes, please! Painting with a Twist discount? Fun! There are also a bunch of practical services offered for a discount on Groupon. This weekend I hired a company to unload my boxes ...

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No one should eat alone on Sundays

 It's not fun to eat alone. When I went to college, I moved far from home to a school where I knew no one. Freshmen were required to buy a cafeteria meal plan, and I made a personal vow: Never eat alone. The result was that I had to be bold. If my classmates or roommate didn't eat with me, that meant I had to take my tray and approach someone at a table. ...

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“Surrender” – a Poem

Surrender! The pirate God yells To frantic meOn my little canoeWith nothing but closed fists for protectionAgainst the towering boat above.My hopes to reach my dreams, An island paradise, dashedWith my boat sinking, insufficient to get me thereSinking from every self-doubt I poked through it Surrender!He calls againLooking all fierce and untameBut what if he ...

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Seminary Graduation

Today I graduated from Truett Seminary. It took me three and a half years as a full-time student to earn a Master of Divinity degree. Fifteen of us walked across the stage for this December graduation, accepting the diploma from Baylor president Ken Starr, shaking Dean Garland's hand, and sitting down to wonder ... what next? Graduates and family members were ...

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A word of caution for your grandmothers around finals time

Hey college and graduate students! Finals are fast approaching. And I have a word of warning for your grandmothers. Tell them to take care. Did you know that there is a sudden increase of deaths among students’ relatives at the end of the semester? After years of observation, many professors will attest to this. One professor said that in an average semester, ...

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To make Halloween more fun … require dancing

This tip for Halloween will have to be stored in your memory for next year. When handing out candy to children who are trick-or-treating, tell them they must dance before they get the sweets. Their reactions are hilarious! My husband had this bright idea, and he pulled out his iphone to play some bouncy music as the kids approached. We stood outside to make ...

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Printing a personal business card for the first time

I’ve never had a business card before. The jobs I’ve held have never printed one for me. But I’m now at a point in life where people are constantly giving me their cards and I wanted something to hand to them as well. I researched for several hours about where to buy these cards and what to put on them. My objective: Not spend a lot of money. But get a card ...

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What is enough? – My struggle with wanting

Once upon a time, there was a little girl. She was born into a respectable middle-class family in America. As she played with her barbie dolls and ran throughout the house in her princess costume, everyday she could see a bumper sticker sitting on her dad's bookshelf which read, "He who dies with the most toys, wins." Her dad thought it was humorous. That little ...

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Guessing someone’s age

The media has distorted people’s perceptions of how old someone looks. That’s what I think. I’m always frustrated to watch shows about high school kids played by actors who are in their mid-20s. College students are portrayed by 30-somethings. Thus, when people meet normal sophomores in high school, they think the teen is in middle school. Or when they see a ...

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Reflections on a birthday … and thinking about babies

Today was my birthday. I’m 27 now. I don’t know at what age people start to feel old. People make a big deal out of 30 … and then 40. Twenty-seven shouldn’t feel old. And I don’t feel old. All I know is that I wasn’t exactly happy to move up one digit. This was the first time in my life that my new age seemed to be worse than my previous one. I liked ...

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I told the monster to go to … @$#&!

I have a confession. Reading other people’s blogs make me feel like crap. They always have. At first I may appreciate their comments. Laugh at their wit. Think deeply about their words. But then my mind goes to that dark place. Why can’t you be thoughtful like that, Chansin? Why aren’t you living an amazing life like them and then writing about it? And I guess ...

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Why this blog?

There was a time that I dabbled in journalism. My favorite thing about it was the opportunity to learn. I did not care as much about crafting the story or getting a byline. I was most excited about researching and interviewing people, hearing their stories, and learning what makes life meaningful for them. In this blog, I want to share lessons I learn in my own ...

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