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The Ravine

*The following essay was written by one of my students, Samantha Jones, in English Composition I about a place of significance. While this essay is not in letter format, it does pay homage to the memories of her childhood and her sister. For that reason, I asked for her permission to share it with all… Continue reading The Ravine

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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 30: Dear Erin

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Day 15: Dear Serena

*Thanks to my friend Samantha Hogan for sharing her letter to her sister, Serena, on Day 15 of the Dear Gratitude project. Her letter reminds me to share my gratitude with the people I love TODAY.*To my sister Serena:I know I should have written you this letter long before you went to be with Jesus,… Continue reading Day 15: Dear Serena

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Day 9: Dear Pate

*Thanks to Mary Agrusa, a fellow blogger, for writing the entry for Day 9 of the Dear Gratitude project!* I'm honored to contribute to Bethany's blog this month. I dedicate this post to my sister. Dear Pate, As one of the two remaining members of our immediate family, I'm happy to spend these final chapters… Continue reading Day 9: Dear Pate

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Day 8: The Beaver Kids Give Thanks

*Today's post is a three-in-one: three first-time guest writers, who happen to be children and siblings, share their gratitude in these inspiring, unedited posts. These kids are amazing, and so are their parents, Jessica Cline-Beaver and Luke Beaver, who I had the privilege of knowing in college. It's worth your time to check out Jessica's… Continue reading Day 8: The Beaver Kids Give Thanks

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Oh brother!

*I'm so thankful for Dr. Teresa Burns Murphy for sharing this piece!* With our book satchels on our arms, my sister Liz and I tumbled out of our dad’s Ford Galaxie 500.  We crunched across the winter grass and bounded up the concrete steps that led to our grandmother’s white frame house.  Our car coats… Continue reading Oh brother!

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Day 28–The best he could

I'm very thankful to the guest writers who participated in the "28 days of love" project this month. It's been inspiring to read about the various ways love and gratitude coincide in so many very different people's lives. I had guest writers lined up every day, but a few people weren't able to write their… Continue reading Day 28–The best he could