A Daffy Valentine

Perennial Hope Every spring, the daffodils (or daffys, as a New Zealand friend calls them) astound me. They return each year to greet me with their sunny dispositions. First, their green shoots peek through the grey, sleepy soil. The glimpse of green is always an unexpected sign of hope in the midst of a chilly, […]

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Make 2017 An Eggstraordinary Year

Encouragement “Give me eight hours of your time. In four lessons I promise you will learn to draw.” I have to admit I laughed uncomfortably. Even quietly scoffed a bit. You see, I’ve spent a lifetime secretly envying my siblings’ abilities to sketch and paint. In years past, the best I’ve been able to draw is […]

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Shining a Light on the What Ifs of Life

The Christmas season is a wonderful time to celebrate the life and hope of our faith. Joyous music fills our ears, bright lights adorn trees and houses, and the scent of fresh pine greets our noses. This time of year can also turn our focus to the negative what ifs of life, especially when we […]

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The Dawn of a New Day

As American citizens, we are privileged to have the freedom to cast our vote for leadership of our country every four years. Many people awakened this morning to great news of the President-elect. Many are disappointed by the choice. This is the reality of our system and freedom—jubilance and celebration by some, defeat and sadness […]

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Freedom From a Bathroom Cabinet

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by your burden of grief? I posted earlier about the 10 year anniversary of the end of my active infertility season. A decade ago, after my third and final miscarriage, I cried uncle. Surrendered. Sobbed and mourned and eventually took baby steps on the new path opened up by God. […]

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Ten Years to Life

Ten Years Ago… June 2016 marked ten years of a journey I didn’t want. You see, June 2006 brought several endings in my life that imprisoned me emotionally, mentally, and spiritually for a very long time. The Past One morning in June 2006 while sitting in a fertility clinic waiting for a final procedures, I […]

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Signs of Springtime Hope

The blooms of a tulip tree (aka saucer magnolia) are, for me, the first sign that spring has sprung. These lovely blossoms herald optimism that winter is behind me and brighter skies await. They make my heart sing. Every. Single.Year. After months of looking at bare branches with no touch of green, brown grasses, grey […]

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A Gaggle of Geese for Mother’s Day

One day last fall, a neighbor showed me a nest filled with eggshell fragments. Two days later I spotted tiny goslings and four adults on the water. Over several weeks I watched the goslings grow until they became young adults. Two parents and three goslings made up one family and I began to daily seek […]

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