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A Prayerful Meditation for Hope

Hope is not a frail thing. It is solid...substantial. A core, thick and fiery, warming and energizing its host. Soul-center Life-giver Sustainer and reason to endure It is not flighty or fickle, prone to leaving a body in despair. It merely gets overlooked, unappreciated, buried under all the cares and concerns of a day. But… Continue reading A Prayerful Meditation for Hope

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Backyard Camping

My child has been begging to go camping. I have hesitated to take her, given her complete and unholy terror of flying insects and intense aversion to outdoor bathrooms. Reaching a compromise, we planned a backyard campout for the Memorial Day weekend. The day of the campout began with much needed yard maintenance to prepare… Continue reading Backyard Camping

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Moving from Denial to Acceptance with the Aid of Birthday Day Cake

My daughter celebrated her 6th birthday this week, and I feel confident that she has enjoyed the heck out of it. She had a small birthday party at our house on Saturday. Then, of course, there was the birthday fanfare and cupcakes at school on her actual birthday. I surprised her that afternoon by picking… Continue reading Moving from Denial to Acceptance with the Aid of Birthday Day Cake

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Church, Casseroles, and Lent

My daughter and I visited a new church for the second time today. The first time, she went right into the kid’s program with zero hesitation. Today, she clung to my arm until I actually entered the kindergarten classroom. At that point, she released my arm and remained just outside and around the corner, which… Continue reading Church, Casseroles, and Lent

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When You Tempt Fate by Being Grateful for Your Health

I’ve been sick. I tempted fate one afternoon by saying to my child as we drove home, “I’m so thankful that we have been so healthy this season.” The very next morning, I left work 15 short minutes after clocking in, because I felt like I had morning sickness while aboard an Alaskan fishing boat… Continue reading When You Tempt Fate by Being Grateful for Your Health

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The St. Jude 10k: Milestones and Life Lessons

It is early Sunday morning, and I am snuggled into a blanket on my couch reflecting on and basking in the victories of yesterday. To be sure, milestones were achieved during yesterday's race. When Timing & Weather Smile Upon You... First of all, I am amazed by how beautifully everything came together. Despite travel, traffic,… Continue reading The St. Jude 10k: Milestones and Life Lessons

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My Daughter’s Brilliant Shoe Surprises

I recently told my daughter a story from my early elementary school years. I feel like it must have occurred somewhere in the 2nd to 4th grade range, because I still resided in the bedroom with the rosebud wallpaper that had a slight metallic sheen to it. In that room, I slept on an antique… Continue reading My Daughter’s Brilliant Shoe Surprises