Warning – Gratitude Bomb Dropped!

May 11, 2022

As the door flung open, her energy filled the room like the Arizona sunshine radiating over the morning horizon. Bright smiling eyes, dark mature skin and her deep, welcoming voice called my anxious friend, Virginia, into the doctor’s office.

Something about her immediately calmed me, and I hoped that my sweet friend felt it too.

The day had been stressful with doctor’s offices, not-so-good news, frustrating obstacles, and fear.

I wanted to wrap my arms around Virginia, hold her close and let our hearts do the talking, but sometimes in these distressed moments, our ability to authentically connect with those we love the most, is blocked on one side or another, or both.

Nurse Robbie showed up for us.

After a while, Virginia returned to the waiting room different than she left - this time with a smile on her face and a little bounce to her step.

We sat in the parked car for at least five full minutes, Virginia enthusiastically recounting the amazing interaction between she...

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Finding My Way

Nov 10, 2021

Rumbling with my own unrealistic fear and trepidation is nothing new, but I thought that I had long overcome much of it. So…it was hardly recognizable to me when it reared its sly head during the pandemic.

Faith and love are very slowly pulling me out of this darkness I’ve experienced.

Faith shows up in many ways for me. This time, in the midst of pandemic fear, faith appeared as a “knowing” deep in my gut that everything was going to be okay.

I have learned that with time, intention and love, I can make it through just about anything. However, this time, I lollygagged in faithlessness for quite a while before I chose to listen, accept the truth of faith and take action to feel better and get my life back.

Losing confidence and trust did a number on me. While I have visited this fear place occasionally through my life, this prolonged stay bewildered me, had me questioning who I was and what I was living for.

Dazed and confused, my eating, sleep, work and...

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The Sweetest Gift

Jun 01, 2020

From the moment she was born, the summer of my 12th year, I was smitten with my baby sister, Kelly.  Adopted, she was our gift from God.  Sharing a bedroom, every night I would gently take her from her crib and place her on my tummy.  She was just precious, tiny and so sweet.  To me, she was a little miracle angel, and I adored her. 

From infanthood on, Kelly’s blue eyes twinkled, and she laughed often, deeply from her belly, causing everyone around her to promptly break out in laughter too.

We were two peas in a pod and believe it or not, this little munchkin accompanied me often, through my teen years, hanging with my friends.  I didn’t mind at all.

Even when I married young and had children of my own, Kelly joined my growing household on weekends, summers, vacations, and special occasions. We were always very close, although I was no longer living in my parent's home.

As a teenager, she struggled with being adopted and feelings...

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