“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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“Put on Your Lucky Hat”

Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer. Our family traditionally spends this holiday at our lake cottage. In most families, men are the fishermen. This is not the case with my parents. Don’t get me wrong, Dad likes to fish, but Mom absolutely loves the sport! One Memorial Day, …

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