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2014: Learning to Live Courageously

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Often, on New Year’s Eve, I publish a post filled with photos and happenings from the past year.  (Here are the posts from 2012 and 2013.) A look back at last year I’ve been putting off the 2014 post because it is difficult to write.  Earlier today, I re-read the Bible verse for the 2014-2015 Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) …

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Lessons from Santa: Selfless Generosity

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The past couple of years, my husband and I have wrestled with our presentation of Santa Claus to our young children, after watching some well-meaning Christian friends decide to forgo the tradition altogether.  We have hesitated to follow suit because we cherish our childhood memories of St. Nick but we are careful not to use Santa …

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The Magic of October: Celebrating My Maternal Legacy

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There’s just something special about October. It’s a magical time, filled with pumpkins and make-believe and the birthdays of both my mother and maternal grandmother.  Today, my grandmother is 89 years old.  Sarah Bessey’s recent blog post, “October’s Lady,” reminded me of my stubborn, generous, resourceful grandma: October feels like a woman who knows her age …

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Her Greatest Adventure: Remembering My Mother’s Death

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Exactly one year ago today, I walked into my mother’s room in the nursing home, carrying a cookies and cream milkshake (I was pregnant, after all), and found her finally at peace. First Anniversary of My Mother’s Death Even after 4 days of waiting and watching her body fail, finding her actually dead was a shock.  I …

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30 Reasons I’m Thankful to Be Turning Thirty

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I have to admit, turning thirty is a little scary, especially when your mother had symptoms of Alzheimer’s before she turned fifty.  My husband noted that I am “advancing in age” in an otherwise very sweet birthday letter. But, turning thirty is a little bit exciting, too, because I’m celebrating the start of a beautiful, new chapter in this great adventure.  As my …

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