October Wave of Light

Lighting the Dark One of the most soul stirring sights occurs each year in December. The celebration of Christmas in churches, homes, and communities usually includes groups of people singing Silent Night. The lights turn down, the first notes of the song begin, and voices join together in quiet confidence and worship. One candle is […]

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Discovery in the Back to School Season

Many thanks to patheos.com and Kelley Mathews for sharing  4 Ways to Transform a Difficult Back to School Season again. If you journey through days of infertility or involuntary childlessness I hope this gives you practical tools to move through the season. I recently discovered an unexpected moment (many moments, actually!) with back to school posts on […]

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A Graduation Moment Celebrated in Community

The moment took my breath away. As they called his name and he took a few faltering steps, several seniors jumped to their feet clapping loudly. Within seconds the rest of the large senior class leapt up as well. Teachers in chairs onstage joined in and the other teachers in the audience chimed in too. […]

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Revising Mother’s Day Malaise

Many women have a complicated relationship with Mother’s Day. While I love celebrating my own mother and all the women I know who are moms, I well remember and often revisit the general malaise, underpinning of uneasiness, and unexplained discontent the season of Mother’s Day can usher in. On the Journey The overwhelm of underlying […]

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Valentine Singles: Blooms of Joy in a Doubles World

It’s that time of year. Perfect looking couples in ads, shows, and movies. Stories of love and pictures of happily-ever-afters. But what if you are a never-married single… or divorced… or widowed… or maybe you feel alone in a relationship… The upcoming holiday of flowers, chocolates, and diamonds can seem overwhelming and blues-inducing. For so […]

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Resolve from the Basics of Life

In February 2018, we gathered around after a family dinner and my nephew announced he planned to jump out of a plane. On. Purpose. You see, he wanted to celebrate his upcoming milestone birthday in a BIG way. To my entire family’s shock and awe, his mother said, “I want to go too.” His mom […]

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All I Want For Christmas

For at least two years my favorite Christmas song was “All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth.” I remember sitting on my grandfather’s lap watching the multi-colored lights and tinsel on our Christmas tree and singing the song while waiting for my big girl two front teeth to finally grow in. You […]

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5 Steps to Wonder This Christmas

One Grey November Day “Oh, look, I found this beautiful flower just for you.” Small steps halted as she bent down to cradle the brown leaf resting on the sidewalk and extend her gift to me. “This is the most beautiful flower, isn’t it?” “It is, indeed. Thank you for your sweet gift.” Her 5-year-old […]

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