Jill Mansfield

the everyday

junior year

Hey Kid, It’s kinda funny how bummed I was that school started today. After so many years of not getting summers with you kids, having the past two summers with you has been pretty amazing. The start of the school year is still hard for me because I still feel like I’ve missed so much. And the start of school for you today means I’m going to miss you being home with me. Every time I’ve said “junior year” out loud with regards to you starting school, it  ...

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God Stuff

faith and warriors and rising

We were late to church this weekend. We went to a different service from the one we normally attend and, for some reason, none of us thought to check to see what time it actually started. We missed most of worship and found ourselves scrambling to sit down, holding all our things, while trying  ...

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the not-so-everyday

Dish Soap and Birthdays

Have you ever put dish soap in a public fountain? I mean, I’m not encouraging you to do such a thing. I think some people call it “defacement of public property” or something. (Maybe lots of people would call it that.) I just thought I would ask. I’m a curious person.  ...

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the everyday

Cold Hard Cash and Coolant

I picked up our truck today from the shop and very nearly started crying. For the first time in a very long time, there was actual cold air blowing from the vents with a newly fixed a/c unit and, well, now that first sentence doesn’t sound quite so dramatic, does it? Sacramento Valley  ...

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the everyday

200 Words

I used to write all the time. Mostly emails. I used to write A LOT of emails at my old job. But I also used to write a lot of emails and messages that were absolutely not anything about work or work related. They were messages and emails about what was going on in life. They were often really,  ...

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the not-so-everyday

Eventual Joy

This has been the strangest year. Pretty much everyone on the planet can make such statements but I told myself that I can take a few minutes to marvel and move past the insanity and the ridiculousness of this year. Sure, we can talk about bad men and bad choices. We can talk about politics and  ...

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