Shutting the Gate

Shutting the Gate

In 61 years of living, if I could choose one entire year to live over again...2019 would NOT be it.  Whew.  That year was a doozy.  It was hard. I’ve seen many people assigning a word to 2019 and a word they have in mind as they enter 2020.  For me - 2019 was not one...

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A Bad Report

A Bad Report

Yesterday was a hard day for me.  It wasn’t anything in particular and there were some beautiful parts about the day...but all day long I felt like crying for no particular reason. I think it was a combination of things...I was tired from being up late the night...

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The Green Outfit Story

The Green Outfit Story

I love this story.  It’s story from long ago and it still makes laugh out loud as I think about it today. Back when we were in our early thirties my husband made the decision to venture out and start a new business.  It was kind of crazy move at the time...but we were...

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Waiting

Waiting

I have never been a particularly patient person and I am VERY bad at waiting.  When I was a young woman I knew my husband was going to pop the engagement ring soon and it wasn’t soon enough for me so I finally asked him, “So what’s your plan?”  His plan was a very...

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Hanging in the Balance

Hanging in the Balance

I’ve had quite a week this past week and my life is literally hanging in the balance, yet I am feeling peace and a renewed hope. Let me back up a minute and give you an update. I had previously talked about the expectation of feeling like I was at the top of the...

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Answering Anxiety

Answering Anxiety

Yesterday my husband and I grilled steaks for dinner and ate outside on a wonderful California-like day in Minnesota.  After that, we made a bonfire, read books, played music and talked until long after dark.  Yesterday I was free of all worry and anxiety. This...

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Drinking the Cup of Cancer

Drinking the Cup of Cancer

Last week I was diagnosed with Invasive Lobular Breast cancer.  It is a cup I prayed I would not have to drink.  But my prayer was not answered the way I wanted it to be. I do not yet know what my journey is going to look like.  What I DO know is that I have a 9...

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When The Holidays Hurt

When The Holidays Hurt

I love the holidays.  I love the noise and the commotion of having our kids and their kids in the house. I love the anticipation, the twinkle lights, and the music.  I love the memories surrounding the season.  I love sharing a big family meal around the table...

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When God Says No

When God Says No

One of the most difficult tests of my faith is when prayer goes unanswered.  - At least the way that I wanted it to be answered. It's easy for me to think that God is behind the blessings I receive in this life; it's harder for me to accept that sometimes God says no....

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