Transformation: The Split Second

The word for my year is transformation and as always, I’m constantly looking to see how that word applies to my life. A few days ago I received news that I can’t stop thinking about. A little girl is gone and her parents, amazing parents who were great to us when we lived in NY, are shattered and forever changed. A tragic accident that took place in a split second.…

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Thankful for Perspective

I don’t know how to explain it, but I had a feeling in the pit of my stomach 2016 was going to be a long haul. Some things I knew were happening—a wedding in the same time frame as a graduation. A child’s genetic testing. Another child transitioning from high school to college. But, as the year unfolded, there were plenty of surprises. I felt a stirring I attribute to…

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Thank God for Memory by Patti Shene

THANK GOD FOR MEMORY Two deaths in the space of four months—first my mom in February, then my husband in June—labels 2016 a tough year in my history book. Death of a loved one is never easy, but to experience two losses in such a short period of time is like having the ambulance transporting you after a car wreck you just survived T-boned on the way to the hospital.…

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Book Review: Intertwined by Jennifer Slattery

Julie’s Note: Don’t forget! I’m looking for YOUR thankful thoughts to post here during the month of November. Click here to learn the details. Book Description: Abandoned by hubby for another woman, Tammy Kuhn, an organ procurement coordinator finds herself in an altercation with a doctor. Now she is fighting to keep her job and her sanity when one late night she encounters an old flame facing an unthinkable tragedy.…

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Book Review: Earth and Sky by Guy Delcambre

Book Description: Guy Delcambre writes, “In grieving, grace strengthened me every sinking moment, every day. Steadily, the pain dissolved.” Earth and Sky is the story of a traveler walking through the deepest valley and the highest mountain, through great heartache and unexpected joy. It is not a book about grief, but a book about grace and the goodness of God in the darkest night. With a refreshing frankness and raw…

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Character Confession: Why I Don’t Stare

My mom has a saying I heard a few times. “It’s okay to look at the past, but don’t stare.” That makes a lot of sense. I’ve watched a lot of people waste amazing potential because they still remember that great football game from high school, that one relationship that got away, that one rejection that nearly broke them. On Monday most everyone will celebrate Memorial Day, and they should.…

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