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The Power of Hope

On a cold January afternoon with fresh fallen snow on the roads, a hopeless drunk was behind the wheel of a car. With her two small children nestled in the back seat after an afternoon of ice skating, she blacked out and hit a tree. read more


What I've Learned About Friendship From My Kids

All of them, all those ordinary people, my special friends have one thing in common: Only because I choose to open my eyes, my ears and my heart to those who happen to cross my path of life, am I able to call them my friends. read more


How to Find Couple Friends

I knew I was grown-up and married when I started using the word “the” to talk about my friends. Finding a friend is difficult. Finding friends as a married couple is twice as hard. Finding friends as a couple with kids can seem near impossible. But it’s not. read more


Unexpected Blessings

Eight years ago I lost my mom to lung cancer. I was unprepared for how difficult the first Christmas would be. My mom celebrated Christmas to the extreme. It was just her “time of the year.” read more


Gathering to Remember

In our small community, we gather together in the Advent season. We collect prayers and praises, needs and wants, hopes and sorrows, and write them on ornamental wreaths that we hang on the huge evergreen tree in the center of town. The prayers are nearly unanimously for children. read more