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Imaginary Animals

My sister and I have always been animal-lovers. We went through a phase in late elementary/early middle school where if we found an animal that seemed (to us) to be lost or in distress, we brought it home. My mom was not thrilled. Even earlier than that, though, with our vivid imaginations, we had imaginary… Continue reading Imaginary Animals

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Comfort in the Uncomfortable

I have lived in my house for eight years. I watched it being built, picked cabinet colors, arranged (and rearranged) the furniture, and made decorating decisions. After my separation, I made changes again and reclaimed space for myself. My home was a safe place, a place of retreat, a place where I could completely fall… Continue reading Comfort in the Uncomfortable

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Refocus

Social media is going crazy with posts about the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone has an opinion. Everyone feels their opinion is the best. Everyone wants to be heard. Some people feel this whole situation is purely media-induced hysteria. Some feel politicians are seeking to take advantage of people during this time by limiting their freedoms. Some… Continue reading Refocus

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“The One”

Good news - Jon and I have been declared compatible. I know everyone was on the edge of their seats waiting for that news. Well, we completed a premarital assessment with my counselor and we are, in fact, compatible. We are in agreement about most things and are working on developing strong communication and good… Continue reading “The One”

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One Job

We have one job. Just the one.

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The Difference of a Year

I have a hard time rereading my journals sometimes. Even before I started blogging, I was journaling often. Many of the entries are full of despair. The following is an entry from exactly a year ago. It isn't refined or edited (except for spelling and grammar - I couldn't help myself). But this is an… Continue reading The Difference of a Year

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Anemic Prayers

I have just recently started listening to podcasts. Several people have recommended different podcasts to me (including the Office Ladies Podcast, which I am listening to now), plus two friends and co-workers of mine launched a podcast in January. I listen to each week's session of "The Bible Guys" now, too. In last week's episode,… Continue reading Anemic Prayers

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The Car Wreck

The car wreck left Janie in a critical state. She survived. But the road to recovery was a long one. While the external cuts and bruises healed quickly, Janie was confined to a hospital bed for longer than she liked, longer than the doctors originally planned, because her internal injuries caused several complications and took… Continue reading The Car Wreck

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Failing Already

A new year always seems to inspire us to change in the best possible ways. Though we are hesitant (sometimes even hostile) to change any other time, at the start of a new year we go out of our way to create change. If things haven't been going great, we vow to wipe last year's… Continue reading Failing Already

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Thanks Giving

Tomorrow morning, I will load up the car and drive to Richmond with Jon. We will spend the next couple of days with my parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins celebrating Thanksgiving. I've been trying to remember what last Thanksgiving was like - how I felt and how I handled my circumstances. Honestly, I cannot recall… Continue reading Thanks Giving