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Day 18: Dear Perfect Baby

*Day 18 of the Dear Gratitude project is really special; my former boss and friend, Jenny Cannon, shares her reflections on her decision to forgo having an amniocentesis procedure prior to delivering her daughter, Claire, who was diagnosed with Down syndrome at birth.* It has been six months.  Six months since I anxiously timed contractions… Continue reading Day 18: Dear Perfect Baby

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Day 10–Dearly loved

*Big thank you to my friend Kelly Booy for agreeing to contribute to the "28 days of love" project!* I have had a consistent prayer for contentment these last couple of years!  My awareness of this need came one summer day in 2009 while on a walk in the Dutch farmlands.  A quiet, picturesque moment… Continue reading Day 10–Dearly loved

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Transcending my reality

*Special thanks to Gloria Bolton, a former student of mine, who has grown into an even more beautiful and enlightened person over the years, for serving as today's guest contributor.*Transcending my Reality: How I Found Christ   “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.… Continue reading Transcending my reality

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Top 12 things I’m grateful for in 2012

Recently I wrote a blog post for my personal blog, My 2012 gift list, and listed the most significant gifts I received in 2012. I didn't list tangible objects or even relationships on the list--I limited my gift list to the intangible yet priceless blessings I received in the form of lessons, inspirations, and virtues.… Continue reading Top 12 things I’m grateful for in 2012

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Sick and tired enough

There's a saying amongst my friends in recovery that has held true for me in many different situations: until I'm sick and tired enough of being sick and tired, I won't be ready to do things differently. In my life, this truth has proven itself in dating relationships and marriages, in matters of physical health… Continue reading Sick and tired enough

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Happy early birthday, Margaret!

*Special thanks to my beloved former professor and friend, Dr. Teresa Burns Murphy, for writing today's post in honor of her Margaret.* 16 October 2012 Dear Bethany, Eighteen years ago I was where you are now – expecting a baby girl.  My daughter, Margaret, was due on Halloween, but she arrived a couple of weeks… Continue reading Happy early birthday, Margaret!

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Turn, turn, turn

As The Byrds so beautifully quoted in song, "To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven" (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Autumn has always been my favorite season. It marks the end of my least favorite season, summer, and reminds me that excessively sweaty armpits, mosquitoes swarming, and too-short shorts are about… Continue reading Turn, turn, turn