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Category: Faith

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A piece of paradise

People around the world penny-pinch to visit this pacific paradise I call home. While my husband chose to remain in the Midwest to go back...

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What if I said, “no”?

What if I said “no”? I woke up extra early the morning of May 3, 2013. I was scheduled to give a MOPS talk on “being...

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Finding Hope & Healing with Mary Beth Chapman

Adoptive mom extraordinaire, Mary Beth Chapman, is making headlines again. Her book, “Choosing to SEE: A Journey of Struggle and...

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Three Things I Want Every Wanna-Be Adoptive Parent To Know

If you’re thinking of adopting a child, my heart spins for you. You’ll take part in this great, unfolding love story and gift...

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A Letter To My Son’s Birth Mom

To the woman who birthed my son, Our little boy turns five today. Five glorious years ago, a baby you named Mikhail wailed into the world....

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False Expectations: Labels, Limits & Love

Do you find yourself using stereotypes to frame your expectations of people…including yourself?  Three weeks ago, I was serving at...

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What does it mean to be blessed?

If I asked you to set a timer for 60 seconds and make a bullet point list of all of your blessings, what would you include?  I’m...

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To Comfort Always, Relieve Often & Save Sometimes…

If you had six months left to live, how would you spend that time?  I’ve been asking myself this question every day since reading...

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The Process of Becoming Real

What does it mean to “be real”? I used to pride myself on being an authentic person. Grounded. Honest. The Real Deal. But a few...