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Posts with the ‘community’ tag

Reviving Thankfuldays

Eight years ago, I wanted to quit social media. During the Presidential campaign that year, I became quite disheartened by posts and commentary on all sides. The day I logged on to delete accounts, I felt inspired to do something to counter all of the negativity instead of running away. That began my 2012 Thankfulness […]

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When the Stork Passes By

How many children do you have?   When are you going to give me grandchildren?   Why don’t you have any children? These questions pierce the hearts of couples in the midst of infertility or those who find themselves involuntarily childless. The speaker means no harm and doesn’t realize the pain these questions deliver. Maybe […]

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The Calendar Conundrum

Many thanks to Kelley Mathews for offering a guest post spot on her blog to discuss the calendar of infertility. https://www.patheos.com/blogs/kelleymathews/2020/05/the-calendar-conundrum-offering-care-and-love-in-a-time-of-need/. If you know someone in the midst of an infertility season, please consider reaching out during this strange pandemic time.

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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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Letters of Hope for the Holiday Season

The holiday season brings fellowship and hope to the world but the next few weeks also usher in a deeper level of sadness and despair for people living with grief and loss. For many… A simple trip to the grocery store provokes unexpected, choking tears while standing in front of store shelves and mindlessly looking […]

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4 Ways to Transform a Difficult Back-to-School Season

The close of Summer peeks over the horizon. As sunny, salty days begin to conclude, a hint of Fall is in the air… A new school year is near. Overnight, stores begin to overrun with school sales. Advertising everywhere entices us to purchase of kids clothing and school supplies. Church pulpits communicate prayerful messages for […]

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The Final Salute: An Act of Unity

The last few years, we Americans have been in the thick of a great divide, a magnitude of cultural upheaval like I’ve never seen. There seems to be little to bring us together. It feels like we have lost any sense of common ground or basic respect for one another. Left against Right. Blue vs. […]

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Finding the Wonderful This Time of Year

Expectation and anticipation build when the month of December returns each year. We begin to plan activities and events that celebrate life and bring people together. Promise and hope shimmer all around. It is truly the most wonderful time of the year. Or not. For too many, the past year has introduced confusion and heartache. This […]

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