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Karaffa Party of 9

33 days. That is how long three of our children were away. That is how long our family felt incomplete. That is how long we counted down to their return. They are home! Yesterday morning, David and I, with Madalyn, Meredith, Josiah and Charlotte, jumped in the Enterprise (the family van) and drove to Orlando…

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With Grace

Grace: Undeserved, Unearned, Unmerited FavorĀ  This post is not about divorce. Stay with me until the end. Three years ago, the man I was married to decided he did not love me anymore. It hurt-more than any pain I had felt before, but he did not become any less my husband in the moment he…

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The D Word

Divorce. A word that is almost treated like a curse word in many churches. A word that often feels like an unwanted label on the one who wears it. A word that is avoided in conversation and a cause for shame. I got divorced. I still hate saying it, but there it is. I was…

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Becoming

Today, I am not just becoming one with your dad, I am becoming family with you. Over the last few years, I have prayed intensely for more measures of grace, more measures of hope, and more measures of faith in my life. God has answered that prayer for me in so many ways, but today…

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My Wife Has a Blog

I asked David a while back if he would do a guest post on the blog. I know most readers are curious about this man that I have chosen to begin again with….well, begin with a big ole jumpstart! This statement will make more sense after you read, but-I waited 30 years for a man…

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No Way

Today while shopping, a scene oh so familiar played out. We entered a store to browse and the saleslady struck up a conversation with us. So often while shopping, or attending a function, or even an appointment, with or without kids, a conversation will begin. Almost inevitably, it comes up that we have seven kids.…

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Champions

The last time I wrote, David, Grace, Hope, Faith and I were traveling to Virginia to drop them off for their month at their other mom’s. After the emotionally taxing pass, we spent the next day sleeping in (a rare allowance) and then exploring Monticello. If you do not know, Monticello is the home Thomas…

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The Honeymooners

We are currently in the family sports car (the red minivan which, compared to the E-350, is our smaller, less practical vehicle) driving to Virginia to deliver Grace, Hope and Faith to their other mother. They don’t see her very often, but every July, they go and spend a month with her. While we are…

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Learning from Each Other

On Tuesday, Grace attempted to be me for a whole day. It was funny, and hard, and something we both learned from. It was something that started as a joke around the dinner table, but became so much more. If you missed the blog post about Grace’s day of trying to be me, you can…

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“I could do it”

Let me tell you about Grace. Grace is 13 years old. She is a very responsible, well behaved and respectful 13 year old. She makes us so very proud on a regular basis. But, she is still 13 and definitely has her moments of acting like a young teenager. We are thankful for the great…

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