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Jen Zink
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Science teacher turned homemaker and mom of four little boys
Science teacher turned homemaker and mom of four little boys

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"Parenting is hard. Even when—ESPECIALLY WHEN—you’re doing it right."- Glennon Melton One day Daniel stopped me mid-sentence to tell me, "You know what, mommy?  You have a lot of sad stories." "What do you mean? "Well, like anything we come up with you have...

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Just the way you are.
Noah and I were trekking through the Aldi parking lot on Sunday, trying to stay warm and avoid cars while we made our way into the store.  Suddenly, something caught his eye, "A button, Mommy!  Nook!! Somebody lost their BUTTON!!" We froze right there in th...

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The Days of Our Lives. . .
Yesterday's sunset. :) I got my first teaching job fresh out of college as a December '01 Purdue grad. Although I was completely unprepared (when are you ever ready?) I began teaching algebra and physical science at a small, rural school southeast of Indian...

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Blessed and Broken.
The Sea of Galilee (photo by Sara Simmons) Sunday morning, my friend Chrissy and I sat in the prayer circle at Religious Ed with our first graders sharing our favorite Bible stories together.  Prayer Circle with Chrissy and our kiddos is the highlight of my...

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Following.
A few weeks ago, my dear friend Penny and I had the opportunity to see one of our favorite authors, Glennon Doyle Melton, speak.  Glennon is a truth teller and hope spreader, with a delightful wit and a spiritual gift of bringing graceful and peaceful (or s...

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The Bar.
St. Patrick's Day is a special day for my family.  My Irish grandma, Darlin, loved St. Pat's and we always celebrated with green carnations to pin on our shirts, yummy food, stickers, cards and all things sweet and Irish.  Paul loves it, too, and from befor...

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Before you know it.
Winter 2011 A few years ago, in the midst of my gray-skied, messy-haired, smudgy mascara, exhausted hot mess of a winter with three kids three and under, I found myself reading a powerful little book called Loving the Little Years .  I recall turning on two...

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Melting Snow.
Dwelling in the present moment I know this is a wonderful moment. — Thích Nhat Hanh Last week was the first snow of the season here and the kids were beyond excited.  It was pretty enough that I think even most of us grown up folks were excited, too. . .the...

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Little Golden Thread.
We're all just walking each other home. ~Rumi When I was a first-year high school science teacher, I spent a LOT of time at school, as all first-year teachers do.  Everything was new and overwhelming and I had no depth of previous experience to draw from, s...
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