Posts by Shannon DeGarmo

Love: A Four-Letter Word

Love is a 4-letter word. A word that seems to cause so much trouble should be, I guess. I wish there was another word we could use to describe the difference between what a Christ-centered love is and what the world has confused love to be. But, we seem to interchange them so often. Our…

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A Christmas Invitation

“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!” – Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! I look over at the clock and the red glow of the digital numbers say it’s 4 am. I take a…

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Plenty To Be Thankful For

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.” –Alphonse Karr, A Tour Round My Garden I take a deep breath and sigh looking around my house that is packed full of boxes and the walls bare. I don’t even recognize my own life. It’s so unfamiliar. My husband isn’t…

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For Our Daddies

“It is not flesh and blood, but heart which makes us fathers and sons.” –Friedrich Schiller Take a deep breath, and exhale. My hair explains just how frazzled I feel. It’s frizzy and sticking out in every direction, just like my thoughts. I look around the room. It’s full of boxes and the walls are…

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Single Mom, You Are Enough

“The clocks were striking midnight and the rooms were very still as a figure glided quietly from bed to bed, smoothing a coverlid here, settling a pillow there, and pausing to look long and tenderly at each unconscious face, to kiss each with lips that mutely blessed, and to pray the fervent prayers which only…

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Time to Fly

“It’s about a girl who is on the cusp of becoming someone.. A girl who may not know what she wants right now, and she may not know who she is right now, but who deserves the chance to find out.” –Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper “Mom, do you think you’re gonna make it through…

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Alarm Dog

“All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed. For after all, he was only human. He wasn’t a dog.” -Charles M. Schulz “What is going on?” I come downstairs to our black Goldendoodle, Nala, in full- fledged Cujo mode at the front door. She is giving it her all:…

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Bits & Pieces

“There are times in our lives when we have to realize our past is precisely what it is, and we cannot change it. But we can change the story we tell ourselves about it, and by doing that, we can change the future.” –Eleanor Brown, The Weird Sisters “Looks like someone is needing a new…

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Thanks, A lot

But Thanksgiving is more than eating, Chuck. You heard what Linus was saying out there. Those early Pilgrims were thankful for what had happened to them, and we should be thankful, too. We should just be thankful for being together. I think that’s what they mean by ‘Thanksgiving,’ Charlie Brown. –Marcie A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving…

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Lost In Translation

“Between what is said and not meant, and what is meant and not said, most of love is lost.” –Kahlil Gibran “Can I talk to you for just a second?” Louie’s piano teacher asked with a wrinkled brow and concerned look on her face as I came to pick him up for the first time.…

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