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These are the good old days

These are the good old days

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Essay | Last March I was driving my yellow car through the filthy remains of our long winter. Our whole New York region was in that stage of repose where the snow has…

Feeling at home

Feeling at home

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Marriage | While I was planning our wedding—picking out plates, whittling down the guest list, and taking melatonin to help me sleep at night—a friend told me the…

A verse to carry us into the real world

A verse to carry us into the real world

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Faith & Inspiration | “A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people.” I rehearsed the words over…

So many books, so little time

So many books, so little time

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Books | At the end of college, my life was a long ledger of incomplete reading reports. I viewed these reports not only as a judgment on my academic ability but on my…

Sending my husband off to school

Sending my husband off to school

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Marriage | Before buying groceries this week I Googled “what to pack in your husband’s lunch.” I was then introduced to whole forums of women who have contemplated…

The WJI alumni association

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Media | Two summers ago I was waiting for pizza in a psychedelic Asheville restaurant, where Alice in Wonderland decor festooned the balcony and great paper animals…

Fearing the return of Jesus

Fearing the return of Jesus

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Faith & Inspiration | Maybe you weren’t a kid when the Left Behind books came out—but I was, and they scared me out of my little pink pajamas. OK, not literally. But I was afraid…

Rejoicing in the day the Lord has made

Rejoicing in the day the Lord has made

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Faith & Inspiration | I could hear the hum of the razor as my husband stood at the sink shaving off his beard. The possibility of shaving had plagued his mind for several days.

Learning to have a new best friend

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Faith & Inspiration | On my wedding day, my best friend Kayla stood up with ivy in her hair and made me cry with her toast to our disappearing childhoods. She seamlessly rescued me…

Dreaming his dreams

Dreaming his dreams

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Faith & Inspiration | I was sitting on our neighbors’ outdoor patio a few weeks ago watching my husband play music. There, on the chilly wet lawn at dusk, he, his friend Jesse,

Catch a new wave

Catch a new wave

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Faith & Inspiration | I remember my mother counting the apple trees on the way to our little New York church on Sunday morning. The road snaked through backcountry hills beside sad…

Being fed in the school cafeteria

Being fed in the school cafeteria

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Faith & Inspiration | The kids in my high school used to fling pats of butter into the air with the purpose of sticking them to the cafeteria ceiling. Every day we ate with butter…

 
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