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The Red Doors

The basement smelled funny and and the fluorescent lights made it brighter than it needed to be. The few of us were scattered all over the large, center room of the basement. We kept to ourselves and we drew our pictures and colored our papers on the long rectangle tables. Mom was in a meeting…

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Love Felt

It was dark when I drove into the park. I thought I was alone until I saw a young man walking on the edge of the parking lot. He wasn’t dressed for exercise. The backpack he carried looked heavy for his thin frame. I couldn’t see his face but I could tell he was anxious.…

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They Won

This is the kind of story that never gets old. Daddy knew he needed to make a change. To get better. To save his life and ours. He moved all of us to a whole new life in another state. Far away from the drinking binges and the fighting and the rehab centers that didn’t…

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Vacation

Saturday we drove straight through the night from one celebration to another. That evening we witnessed a beautiful ceremony of two becoming one. We wondered at the mysterious sacrament of marriage. We cried and feasted and danced and laughed. We needed sleep, but instead drove to our holiday destination, our annual ritual of rest and…

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The 2018 Wrap Up

Here it is again, the end of another year and time to reflect on the days past. 2018 was a year bursting with new opportunities, lessons, and accomplishments. New friendships were made and old ones nurtured. I grew as a wife and mother, friend, mentor, writer, employee and leader because of them. I gained a…

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Christmasing

I never found the time for my regular Monday School post today because I was Christmasing. I’m part of an unusually diverse group of people who meet regularly to learn from and help one another. We had our Christmas party tonight and it was a beautiful time of learning, fellowship, laughter, and merry wishes. We…

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Waiting is the Hardest Part

I was in the Great Smoky Mountains over the weekend on a new trail with a different landscape and its own kind of challenges. The promise of a spectacular view and an abundance of wild blueberries filled me with anticipation as we made our way to the top. The narrow, rocky parts of the climb…

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Looked After

I lingered too long with my coffee yesterday morning. I planned an Independence Day run in my favorite park but didn’t start as early as intended. Orange cones lined the street into the park to guide the throngs of firework watchers showing up to stake their claim to the best spots. I maneuvered my car…

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Glad You're Here

Some of my friends and I ran in a Warrior Dash today. The hills, rocky terrain, mud, and obstacles challenged us, and one of us cheered from the sidelines. I know that was its own kind of challenge. But today was not about the race as much as it was about being together. We started…

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The Hard Parts

It’s a hard place to be when nothing goes as planned. When everything falls apart. When all your expectations are unmet. I expected the first day of our backpacking trip to be cold but not icy. I expected the hike to be difficult but not treacherous. I expected good conversation around a blazing fire the…

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