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Here we are again, it’s MLK Day quotes are flying around the internet. Things like, “I’ve decided to stick with love, hate is too great a burden to bear.” and “I have a dream that one day man will be judged not by the color of his skin but by the content of his character.” […]

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Tomorrow morning, homes will start to stir with coffee makers brewing, children impatiently waiting, dogs scratching at the backdoor, parents readying cameras, and families gathering near the tree. For some, the day will begin with excitement and expectation. For others it might begin with loneliness and perhaps a bit of dread. For all of us, wherever […]

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Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas sung the Judy Garland way is my favorite Christmas carol of all time. Watch her performance in my favorite Christmas movie, Meet Me in St Louis. She isn’t singing with a smile, she’s singing with a broken heart. Her lips tremble with the vibrato of her voice. You can just […]

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It was the week before Christmas, and Mareto was three years old. His Awana class was building gingerbread houses, a project intended to be very easy for the children. A small cardboard house was given to each of the kids, along with
 their supplies: graham crackers, 
frosting,  a plastic knife, and various
 bowls of candy. All they had […]

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Forced family fun. That’s what we called it when my siblings and I were growing up and my parents dragged us all over kingdom come to create memories. Whether we were climbing miles up a mountain to swim in a lake created by a melted glacier, or touring yet another Civil War battlefield in the pouring […]

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It was in a crowded courtyard nestled in the middle of a compound on a quiet street in Addis Ababa, the capitol city of Ethiopia, that we first heard our son’s name spoken in his native language. As I knelt down and pulled him into my arms, nestling his head against my chest, I heard […]

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A couple months ago I woke up in a sweat at about 4am. My heart was pounding and my thoughts were racing with all the things I was doing wrong as a mom. It’s a familiar feeling for this mom who is figuring out parenting while also battling anxiety. This time I was unusually focused […]

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  One evening I made brownies after the kids were long in bed. I have a sweet tooth, and John and I had decided to enjoy warm fudge brownies fresh out of the oven while we watched a movie. Before we went to bed I sealed the brownie pan with tin foil and hid it […]

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