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Marrying a gentle man

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Marriage | Three years ago this fall, I was slouched in my college dorm hallway wearing a red coat while Hurricane Sandy raged against the building’s exterior. “But…

Sorry, Charlie

By Chelsea Boes
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Faith & Inspiration | C.S. Lewis famously said in The Four Loves , “Man with dog closes a gap in the universe.” We believed this firmly even before we saw Charlie. When we parked…

I’m afraid of the dark

I’m afraid of the dark

By Chelsea Boes
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Faith & Inspiration | My mother knows that I get afraid sleeping at home alone at night. So when my husband went away for the weekend recently, she brought me a big brown teddy…

Wrestling with the writer’s life

By Chelsea Boes
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Essay | On my morning walk down the sleepy staircase in our new Pennsylvania house, my heart jumps at a clacking sound. Forgetting for a moment that I live on a…

Don’t let me be a Nabal

By Chelsea Boes
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Faith & Inspiration | Everyone knows that pregnancy and child-rearing could easily be called “open advice season.” Everyone a pregnant woman meets has an opinion or an…

Her first story

By Chelsea Boes
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Faith & Inspiration | “In the beginning, there was nothing. Nothing to hear. Nothing to feel. Nothing to see.” These words, part of the opening to Sally Lloyd-Jones’ Jesus

Remaking the lives we used to have

Remaking the lives we used to have

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Essay | I still remember how the little silver hook lock felt between my fingers as I threaded it into its corresponding loop. The spare bedroom of my best friend…

Confessions of a crusty hymn purist

Confessions of a crusty hymn purist

By Chelsea Boes
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Faith & Inspiration | The first time someone told me I sang beautifully, I was standing in my parents’ kitchen washing dishes and caroling an 80-year-old tune over the sink suds.

‘I’m coming! Stay awake!’

‘I’m coming! Stay awake!’

By Chelsea Boes
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Family | Exactly a week after our Pennsylvania move, I awoke groggy from the bizarre kind of nightmare only pregnancy can bring. Afterward, still in a dream-fog, I…

Writing lessons from Maya Angelou

By Chelsea Boes
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Essay | I often complain to my husband that nothing ever happens to me. At least, nothing happens to me compared to Maya Angelou.  If you read the obituaries of…

My personal earthquake

My personal earthquake

By Chelsea Boes
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Parenting | This April, in the first days after my husband and I learned a baby was coming to us—certain and irreversible as a tracked train—I cried for several days.

Lessons on ingratitude from <em>Madame Bovary</em>

Lessons on ingratitude from Madame Bovary

By Chelsea Boes
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Faith & Inspiration | This week I read my very first classic French novel, Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. The book had a pleasant fatness and pages browned by too many years…

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