gratefulness

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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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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Plenty to Be Thankful For

It’s over! The election is over. Everyone take a deep breath and exhale. We made it. The world did not split open and swallow up America over night. There was no zombie apocalypse, or locust plague. But, instead the sunrise greeted us in the early hours like it does everyday. And, one thing is for…

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Beautiful America

America! America! God shed His grace on thee. And crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea!-Katherine Lee Bates (1904) A couple of years ago, my family and I went on a cross-country trip. Now, when I say “my family and I” I mean my extended family, too…my parents, my sister and her family, and…

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The Bounce Back Woman Is Here

Here it is! My first book…ever. I’m super excited to share this with you. The downloadable version is ready at Amazon.com. If you would like to actually have the book form, that will be available to order in a couple of days and you can start turning those pages. Also, check out keepthefaith.com to hear me…

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Mothers

“But there’s a story behind everything. How a picture got on a wall. How a scar got on your face. Sometimes the stories are simple, and sometimes they are hard and heartbreaking. But behind all your stories is always your mother’s story, because hers is where yours begin.” –Mitch Albom, For One More Day I…

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Sisters

“For there is no friend like a sister, In calm or stormy weather; To cheer one on the tedious way, To fetch one if one goes astray, To lift one if one totters down, To strengthen whilst one stands” -Christian Rossetti, Goblin Market and Other Poems “Oh my gosh! They are in our club house!” I yelled. My…

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So Loved

“Faith don’t come in a bushel basket, Missy. It come one step at a time. Decide to trust Him for one little thing today, and before you know it, you find out He’s so trustworthy you be putting your whole life in His hands.” –Lynn Hustin, Candle in the Darkness “What? I’ve lost 15 pounds…

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Not Broken, But Beautiful

“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” –Ernest Hemingway I was talking with one of my besties from high school while the kiddos played with their toys on the floor. We were just about to hang up the phone when she quickly interjected that she thinks that…

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Moving On

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” – John Lubbock, The Use of Life I look around the living room and it…

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