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So, what's with the clothesline?

Once upon a time, my grandmother lived next door to her friend. They worked hard at raising their families, cooking meals, keeping house, and growing gardens...and sometimes, they timed their laundry just right so that they could come outside at the same time to hang the wash on a shared clothesline in the backyard.

Why? Because anything, even laundry, is more fun with a sister. We were made for community. From the very beginning, when God said, "Let us make man in our image," He made us for each other, not to be alone. Parenthood can feel like such a lonely job at times. I don't have all the answers, but I do know that answers are easier to come by when we share what we know.

I think of this corner of the internet as a shared clothesline where I hang out my stuff and you bring yours over in a basket and we chat about it as we hang it up or fold it and our kids chase each other around with toy light sabers. Laundry is one of the most mundane and repetitive tasks on my to-do list, and I don't always love it. We all have laundry, though, and there's something spiritually significant about the repeated cleaning of dirty things. God makes all things new, and so do we when we do the laundry- mismatched socks and all.

If you're new here, I hope you'll feel at home and stick around while your clothes dry.

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This particularly beautiful clothesline was made for me by the talented Erica Tighe of Be A Heart