holidays

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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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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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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Finding Joy

“The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.” –Kahil Gibran, The Prophet Ahhhh….the elementary school Christmas party. I drive into the parking lot and it’s so full I have to park on the sidewalk. I stand in sign-in line with all the other parents who have promised their little…

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A Story of Gratitude

“Dear old world’, she murmured, ‘you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.” –L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables I heard a story of a man who lost his daughter from an illness when she was just 16 years old. She was his little girl that he held the day she…

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Never Alone

“The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.”  – Mother Teresa Humans are made to live in community. We just are. Some crave that community more than others. I enjoy small groups of people, but I can tend to get overwhelmed easily with too many conversations. So, at a party, I…

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