The gift of family

Today's post is by one of my students, Derek Chandler, who wrote this essay in response to the question, "What are three gifts you have received in 2013, and why are they significant to you?" I will really miss having Derek on campus! This year has been a very hard year to just be thankful... Continue Reading →

The gift of a second chance

*Over the next few days, I'll be posting essays by my amazing students who wrote in response to the question, "What are three gifts--proverbial or literal--that you've been given in 2013, and why are they significant to you?" Their responses made me laugh, cry, and most of all, thank God for the opportunity to invest... Continue Reading →

Smoking hot Christmas party

*Today's post is by my dear friend and former colleague, Kenton Adler.* In the spring of 1973 my mother went on a month-long business trip to Europe.  She was a buyer for the May company in Colorado, and she went overseas pretty regularly.  This particular trip was a little different because my dad arranged to... Continue Reading →

Good times

*Today's post is written by my friend Debra Dickey.* Sometimes when I’m driving home late at night after a catering event, with only the quiet and darkness to keep me company, the sounds of the twilight bring back velvety memories of earlier times in my life. My Mom was from the North, and although my... Continue Reading →

Day 30: Dear Erin

*It's the last day of the Dear Gratitude project! My friend and soul sister, Amie Seaton, is today's guest writer.* Dear Erin, I just got in from spending time with you today. I have so much fun with you these days. We didn’t even do much, just unloaded all your clothes into your new apartment.... Continue Reading →

Day 29: Dear Dawn

*I'm thankful for my college friend, Lorie Mink for sharing her letter to her friend, Dawn, on Day 29 of the Dear Gratitude project.* Dear Dawn, I remember the day we met like it was yesterday. It was June of 1980, and I was three months shy of turning 9. We just moved into the... Continue Reading →

Day 25: Dear Need

Day 25 in the Dear Gratitude project is submitted by yours truly :). Dear Need, I first remember meeting you, Need, when my father fell from his heroic platform in my mind. Grappling with drug addiction, he stood in our living room in Augusta, Kansas, in 1984, and admitted that he had fallen for Caroline.... Continue Reading →

Day 21: A look back

*Thanks to my friend Brandon Davidson for serving as the guest writer for Day 21  of the Dear Gratitude project. His post is guaranteed to make you laugh. It will probably cause you to pause and give thanks for all the people and circumstances that brought you where you are in your own life, too.*... Continue Reading →

Day 20: Dear Grandma

*Today, we have the pleasure of reading a post from fellow blogger Mark Luker. Be sure to check out Mark's blog!* Grandma, This is a letter I should have sent you a long, long, time ago, and even though you can no longer remember your life, or who I am, and you can't even read... Continue Reading →

Day 16: Dear Mom

*Thanks to my friend Latresha Woodruff for serving as the guest writer for Day 16 of the Dear Gratitude project. This is a  letter Latresha wrote to her mom on Valentine's Day.* Mom, I thought this Valentine’s Day I wouldn’t use a card to tell you how I feel about you.  It hasn’t always been easy... Continue Reading →

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