Totally Kris

Good things are good things

Everyone likes good things. From warm cookies and hot coffee to special finds. From a cause that’s doing some good for a troubled world to a nice hand lotion. Introducing a new blog that will roundup all the good things in life and share them with you.I’ll connect you with good causes, good gifts, good…

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{Re}expect

Mary, mother of God. Whatever Mary was expecting as a young mother, I suspect it had nothing to do with deliverying a baby in a barn. I’m fairly certain the last thing she expected was to only have Joseph attend her. The bible story leaves so much out. We’re left to wonder what happened. I…

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{Re}evaluate

New information informs your decisions. Keck and I are in receiving new information mode, which also means we’re in re-evaluation mode. We’ve found ourselves in this place before. And it’s always an interesting place to be. The list of pros and cons. The constant balancing of important to us ideas and plans. If this happens…

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{Re}gress

I cannot believe that it’s taken me an entire year to find this site. It’s called Membean, and it helps students, second-language learners, test takes, and curious logophiles like me. Reflect upon re-, and your vocabulary prowess will never regress! Word Root of The Day: ReMembean Regress, of course, means to return to a former undeveloped state.…

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{Re}process

Reprocess means to process again or differently, typically in order to reuse it. This is used often to refer to nuclear fuel. But tonight I’m processing good words from friends and learning to think about myself differently. I’ve heard the words before, but some reprocessing needs to happen before I can share. ❤

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{Re}light

God, the shadows are as scary as the darkness Half-shaped figures and illusions Startle me, tempt me, entice me To join in their obscure games. They seem inviting – gray, Not one way or the other. Gray is almost light and almost dark. Shadows are undefined, vague. Darkness makes them disappear and so does the…

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{Re}st

I shared earlier this week that I had read the book, Girl at the End of the World by Elizabeth Esther. I shared that I was sitting with it and struggling with it. One of the things Ester said: I still don’t know how to rest or relax. I feel guilty about taking a day…

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{Re}ticent

Merriam-Webster reported today that reticent was a trending word today. The report was political in nature. Yet as I thought about the word, I realized there were many times that I wanted to be silent or non-communicative. There are times when I want to parse my words to ensure that I’m being diplomatic or on…

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{Re}file

It’s a constant struggle to keep up with the sheer amount of paper that comes into my house. Not to mention the pieces of paper I cannot bear to toss out. Mainly because they have all my sophmoric ideas from grade school, countless articles from work projects, silly musings, earnest poems. Keck pulled down a…

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{Re}tro

As I was leaving the gym tonight the 80s classic, “What a feeling” by Irene Cara, was blasting from the spin class. “Take your passion, and make it happen.” I struggle with this idea of following your passions. Not long ago a pastor asked us to follow our passions. Another time, a small group leader…

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{Re}ly

Gentle Shepherd come and lead us,For we need you to help us find our way.Gentle Shepherd come and feed us,For we need your strength from day to day.There’s no other we can turn to,Who can help us face another day.Gentle Shepherd come and lead us,For we need you to help us find our way. Gaither…

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How I met Margaret …

Last year, I hunted for a writer’s conference to attend. Something that would speak to me in a brand new way. Something that would allow me to dig in and dig deep for nuggets of truth. Something that might  kick me in the seat of the pants and compel me to stop staring at blank…

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Epiphany

Tonight Keck and I celebrated Epiphany. It’s our tradition to have breakfast for dinner and think about the past 12 Days of Christmas. The story of John the Baptist’s parents has intrigued me this year. I’ve read it and read it. Over and over – again this holiday season. Perhaps it is the wonder of the…

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A – G – A – I – N

Again. When I was a little girl I trusted my dad explicitly. When I was quite small he would set me up on the top of the refrigerator and let me jump off into his waiting arms. I loved it. Faithfully he’d catch me. I witnessed this recently in a small toddler who wasn’t quite…

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Show up and see what happens

My husband and I watch the 1990s television show Sports Night over and over again. In one of the shows the lead characters Dan Rydell and Casey McCall are at an impasse, Dan thinks that Casey needs a plan of action. Casey says he has a plan — it’s Napoleon’s Battle Plan. “First we show up, then…

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