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Gratitude. Thankfulness. Blah. Blah. Blah. I know this time of year it’s become more like clichés, and we’ve began to glaze over all our friend’s daily thankful updates. Even I’m beginning to sound like a broken record around here pounding the pavement with practicing gratitude — practicing gratitude — practicing gratitude. Except, we know too much. We understand that it’s not happy people who are thankful, but thankful people who are happy. And that’s all we really want, a happy… Read more »

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I grew up in a church that had a clear and precise definition of who God is.  We gathered together every week to worship God and celebrate Him.  We sang songs with words like, “let me tell you who Jesus is”.  The very fabric of our lives were woven together by our definition of Him.  We had a long list of things we had to do and a long list of things we should never do, just to please God.  We… Read more »

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I am guilty as anyone for getting bored and despising the daily mundane, but this week I took some time to find the beauty in common moments. Earth’s crammed with heaven And every common bush afire with God; But only he who sees, takes off his shoes, The rest sit around it and pluck blackberries, And daub their natural faces unaware. ~Elizabeth Barrett Browning Will you take off your shoes with me, as we witness the beauty of God in every… Read more »

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  Remember, losing something special or important in life isn’t always a bad thing. Maybe you just needed to make room for something better and lasting.   Happy Monday, my wounded doves!

Forgiving Yourself

Pain and wounds are a big part of being human. From a young age we experience the hurts that come from being closely connected within the human world. It doesn’t take long before our pure hearts are sliced by someone close to us, who loves us. It’s inevitable, because humans come with sharp edges. An even bigger part of being human is learning the power of forgiveness. It’s a transcendent virtue to say to the person who stabbed your chest,… Read more »

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It’s that time again! You know, the monthly free computer and phone wallpapers (Here’s August, September and October). It’s so easy and it’s free. Free! And I wouldn’t be a good American if they weren’t about thankfulness. You’re welcome. Tis the season to share posts to Facebook, I’m so thankful for my little blessings. I can’t imagine my life without their soft, sweet angel faces. Their sleepy nap breath smells like a little bit of heaven. #thankful Or how about, Happy Anniversary to the most perfect, beautiful, loving, strong husband… Read more »

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All year long I do my best to limit my children’s candy intake. I practice being a loving mother and rarely buy candy. If my children come into good fortune and obtain candy, then they must eat it after dinner, and only one piece. Then, comes that one holiday where children are showered with pounds and pounds of sugar. I started off my parenting journey thinking I’d somehow keep my kids from getting candy. That was a joke, because what… Read more »

Journey Finished

On a whim, on October 1, I made a commitment to join the Write 31 Days challenge hosted by The Nester. It’s a challenge where bloggers write on a single topic for the 31 days of October. I’m not someone who likes these kinds of things, because to be honest, I like to quit stuff. I’ve always been when of those people when the going gets tough, I quit, but when you walk through a fire, like seeing your marriage… Read more »

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We’re on this amazing journey called life. There’s no way to stop the journey, except for death, and even then, I believe it to be just another step in the journey. We cannot go backwards to a place we’ve already been, and we cannot speed forward to the place unknown. The only thing we are promised on this journey is this moment. The only thing we’ve been guaranteed is this sliver in the time continuum. I’ll refrain from running my fingernails down… Read more »