Author: TulipGirl

Remembering, With Love

Sunday evening my father-in-law entered into his eternal Sabbath rest, just as my mother-in-law prayed that morning. Abide with me: fast falls the eventide: The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide: When other helpers fail, and...

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Hug & Pray: Tools for Parenting

When I was a punitive parent, I had a “script” of sort. When child did X then I said or did Y. Leaving that behind was hard because all of a sudden I didn’t know what TO do, just what I did NOT want to do. We...

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Writing and Blogging and Facebook, Oh My!

I have been writing a lot lately. I have a collection of composition books and in each one I have lists and jots of ideas and sermon notes and journals. My writing is serving a purpose for me. But I miss the thinking-out-loud of...

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Hero Mother

With four boys in tow all holding hands, I remember hurrying to the metro in Kyiv in the early...

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The Dreaded Teenage Years

When I was a teen, I balked at the idea of being a “teenager.” I remember discussions that the idea of “teenager” was a social construct that ought to be rejected. It was as if rejecting the term could also do away with the...

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April 2019

Our nature display changes more with the seasons, now that we are in a more traditional winter/spring/summer/autumn climate. It’s spring now. See the twig that had new buds on it, before A6 dissected them? He added a green...

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Corporate Housing Woes

We are staying in corporate housing while Hubby is learning Albanian. Downside? Tacky furniture and decorations, and our “stuff” is in storage. Upside? Housekeeping comes every Friday!...

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We Remember Lydia Schatz

  I’m not crying today, as I have in years past.  Is that because my compassion is waning? Perhaps it is simply that time and distance soften grief. Those who knew Lydia describe her as a vivacious little girl with...

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God’s Favorites

  My 6yo: Do you know God’s favorite football team? The Saints! (He was listening to this morning’s sermon, intro to Philippians addressed to the saints if God.)

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Hi, I'm Alexandra.
I write to encourage us as we become the people God has created us to be -- especially in the realms of nurturing our children and using our talents right where we are.

Six kids. INFP. Reformed & covenantal. Liberty & justice for all. Speaker. Current project: Helping parents connect with teens.

I started blogging as TulipGirl in 2004. Tech crashes and life derailed the site. The archives are gone, but I'm glad to be back.

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