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    Heart Crafted: Connecting with Others in Meaningful Ways

    Nearly twenty years ago, I felt impressed to step outside my comfort zone and connect with the people around me in meaningful ways. As an introvert, I found this to be extraordinarily difficult. But I was up to the task.   Around that same time, God put into my heart…

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    Our Feelings: A Gift From Our Heavenly Father

    “I didn’t just hit the side of that car, did I?” I wondered nervously, as my stomach did a flip-flop and my foot hit the brake. I was easing out of a parking spot, being extra careful not to come too close to the car on my right, but I…

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    A Toolbox For Life: A Call For Male Mentors

    Some time ago, a family friend offered to help my son fix his bicycle.   THE TOOLBOX Upon entering the friend’s workshop, my son’s eyes widened as he saw the array of equipment lining the walls: the toolboxes, work benches, and hand tools, each in its own special place. With…

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    6 Questions I Ask My Children On A Daily Basis

    As a mother, I’m doing my best to help my children navigate their childhood and teen years. I’ve found these 6 Questions, asked on a daily basis, help to keep everyone physically and emotionally safe and sound.   QUESTIONS I ASK MY CHILDREN   #1) What are you looking forward…

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    12 Simple Ways To Thrive During Stressful Times

    How does one not only survive, but thrive during stressful times?   We each will face stressful times in our lives.   Life is filled with stress due to relationships, health, finances, world events, and natural disasters.   Fortunately, we can take steps to reduce the chaos around us and…

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    Project Life: Preserving Precious Memories For Your Family

    Memory making is a big deal in our family, as it is in yours, I’m sure. Family traditions, holidays, birthdays, vacations, the time little Johnny spilled a tub of honey on the carpet and then stepped in it. You know, the memories that make you smile (and sometimes cringe).  …

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    A Mother’s Place Is In The Home

    Growing up in a small town, I was your average American kid. I had everything a young girl could ever want: interesting hobbies, a fun group of friends, and an education (which I didn’t appreciate at the time, but sure do now!) Oh, and I had my family.   MY…

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    Self-Care: Personalized Daily Downtime and Self-Reflection

    Self-care is crucial to living an authentic life, yet it was no secret—I was burnt out! With my busy schedule and seemingly endless list of demands, my days were filled with nothing but go-go-go, and my health was beginning to take note—in the worst possible way. Physically, I was exhausted.…

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    Meet Your Neighbors: An Adventure Awaits

    Meet your neighbors.   It sounds intimidating.   Trust me–I know!   As an introvert, I get all nervous and shaky inside when it comes to introducing myself to strangers.   Nervous as Peter Rabbit in Mr. McGregor’s vegetable garden. Shaky as a lone brittle leaf hanging from a gnarled…

  • Family Traditions

    Family Traditions: Making This Holiday Season A Special One

    He was from Germany. His English was limited, but he needed assistance, so he made his way to the church where my father led a congregation. After a short visit with the man, my father learned that he was alone in our country, his family still in Germany. After making…