Encouragement

Posts with the ‘Encouragement’ 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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Thankfuldays

Seven years ago I began the daily practice of posting thankfulness on my website and sharing it on social media, inviting others to share their thankfulness as well. This daily ritual was a direct result of my frustration with social media interactions witnessed during the 2012 Presidential election campaign. I wanted to quit all social […]

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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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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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Stepping Through Mother’s Day Obstacles

Inhaling deeply, I stepped on the swinging tire that hung above the water. The hole in the middle appeared HUGE and the tire rim that was my step target looked thin and inadequate. That first step overwhelmed my being. Then I heard my nephew calling encouragement from behind. “You can do this, Aunt Julie. Just […]

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