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Nov 6

November 6, 2016

How to Cultivate Gratitude in the Midst of Hardship

How to Cultivate Gratitude in the Midst of Hardship

2012 was that year.  The Murphey’s Law year.  Everything that could go wrong did, and it took everything we had to survive it…literally. It was the third year of my son’s leukemia treatment, the total duration of which lasted over 3 years.  Additionally, I started out the year with mono and thyroid failure, which I attribute to the enormous stress of parenting... Read more

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Sep 29

September 29, 2016

What Loving the Chronically Ill Has Taught Me

What Loving the Chronically Ill Has Taught Me

My experience with doctors and hospitals has been limited to childbirth and broken fingers, literally. So when you talk medical jargon, insurance terms, and chronic illness, I understand nothing! But just a few short years ago, I was introduced to an amazing lady. Unbeknownst to me she was in the beginning stages of being diagnosed with “chronic illness” and about... Read more

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Jun 13

June 13, 2016

{In Which} We All Let Go Of Meeting Others' Expectations

{In Which} We All Let Go Of Meeting Others’ Expectations

About ten or twelve years ago I found myself haunted by a single moment, an act, a decision I’d made hanging out there on the horizon. The memory would creep up on me in the night and dance around in my mind, turning my stomach, rending my heart into pieces over and over again until they fell out my eyes... Read more

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Dec 13

December 13, 2015

Coping With Grief and The Holidays

When my oldest, Hayden, was small we filled the holiday season with festivities. Christmas cookies in pajamas, visiting Santa, driving around at night to look at the Christmas lights, watching our favorite Christmas movies, making and wrapping gifts…these were just a few of our favorite activities. My social media feeds are filled with smiley-faced people doing these exact things. And... Read more

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