“Christmas Lights”

One morning, before the sun came up, I ventured downstairs to spend some time alone with the Christmas tree. It’s so still and quiet that I could practically hear my heart beat. Holidays can be tough for those of us who have experienced loss. This holiday … the holiday of …

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“Broken Arm Not Heart”

Sometimes life just doesn’t go as planned. We wake up expecting the day to follow an organized plan – a chain of events – but then suddenly a road block appears and just like that, the day shifts into another direction. We had planned to attend my brother-in-law’s wedding. My …

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“Heavenly Pets”

My daughter had to put her beloved dog, Bailey, to sleep. It was not a decision made lightly. This suffering dog was part of the family, but what was the right choice? The vet said that it was time, and yet, this alternative was a struggle for the family. Would …

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“Moving Away and… On”

Recently, a long-time neighbor decided to move. Our children had grown up together. Our middle son spent a lot of his time shooting hoops in their driveway. Their moving had nothing to do with the house or the neighborhood. They said that it’s just time for a change. They have …

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“Icy Patches”

Walking in the winter in Indiana has its challenges: frigid temperatures, snow, wind, and then there is… ice. Yes, I fell on the ice! Could the accident have been avoided? I’m not sure but maybe… just maybe. The patch of ice was located right in the middle of the trail. …

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“Clearing the Path”

Walking is therapy for me. It’s my time to reflect, pray, and soak in God’s world around me. One blessing is that a state park is located only a couple of miles away from home. Whenever the opportunity arises, my husband and I take in its postcard-like scenery. Being in …

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“A Mammoth Moment”

Each year, we take a family vacation with our kids and grandkids to relax, enjoy each other and learn something new about our world. One year, we took a trip to see Mammoth Cave, the “granddaddy of all cave systems.” We learned that not only is Mammoth Cave the largest …

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“It’s in the Bag”

“Paul Harris.” The words were a jolt from the past. While packing up items to go home from a family gathering, my sister had found a really old plastic shopping bag. As I pulled that drawstring handle, and stared at the bright orange and red colors on the logo, my …

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