Laura’s Blog

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    Bringing New into Now
    December 18, 2018
    Recently a friend and I talked and thought about the past year. We saw a common theme in our lives. We had watched God work through unexpected storms. There are times I call the...
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    Returning Home in a Fog
    December 11, 2018
    After my week in Raleigh, I came home and immediately started thinking about next year's conference. Would I be able to go again? Could I wait that long to see these new friends again? I...
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    Finding Community on the Road
    December 4, 2018
    A trip can leave a lasting impression on you. Back in June, I had one of those trips. I attended the Summer Institute on Theology and Disability for the first time. I knew: I would...
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    Stretching Limits to the Sky
    November 27, 2018
    Sunday night I went to a fun event at church with my friend Leah. She asked me that morning if I wanted to go. "Yes! Do you want to go early for the helicopter ride?" Leah...
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    I'm only your aunt, part two
    November 13, 2018
    We met your teacher and saw a bunch of other kids in your classroom. I filled out the paperwork. You were done. You wanted to go. We ran by your house to pick up a...
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    I'm only your aunt, part one
    November 6, 2018
    You were the first to be born in the family. I've been around friends' kids for years, but you are family. Of course, I saw and see you more often. You've spent an occasional...
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    The Last Season
    October 30, 2018
    Slowly I am catching up to the fact that we are in a new season. Fall. When temperatures go down and calendars fill up. New routines are set. No matter what, every season signals a...
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    This is how I...text!
    July 31, 2018
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnyV1erQJ8A Friends have asked, how do you text? Do you need help replying to that message? Do you use Siri? People don't always see me in action, but texting is another task I can do...
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    This is how I...get in the van
    July 24, 2018
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yb3zbCi4D-A How do I go somewhere once I'm in my wheelchair? Today's video answers that question. This is how I...get in the van!
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    This is how I...get in my wheelchair
    July 17, 2018
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-NO2aV-6Fo This is how I...get in my wheelchair. In my house, I have a parking spot (and a fun sign, see it hiding on the right side of the screen?). After someone helps me, I'm...
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    This is how I...read
    July 10, 2018
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BnwnSMgKTU I need a little help before I start a task, such as getting myself and my stuff in the right position. Then I'm usually good to go (for a time) and can do some...
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    Behind the Scenes: Arthrogryposis Awareness Day
    July 3, 2018
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCQR2C4rwo4 June 30 was Arthrogryposis Awareness Day. I celebrated by making a video to honor a person who helps me to thrive in the day-to-day. Watch the video as I interview Rachel about what she...
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    To the Church that Includes
    April 24, 2018
    Dear Church, Please don't be distracted by disability or afraid to approach. Look at me. See me as a person. I want to belong for who I am. Sadly, this doesn't always happen. Back in the...
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    To the Friends that Embrace
    April 17, 2018
    Dear friends, I became friends with most of you in the past few years. We met at church. From the beginning, you were different. You stood out to me. At the time, I was in a...
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    To the Parents that Empower
    April 10, 2018
    Dear mom and dad, You didn't just raise me as your daughter with a disability. You saw much more from the beginning. I was your fourth child. In your eyes, I have always been "normal." You were...
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    One Word, One Theme for 2018
    February 13, 2018
    Before the new year arrived, I started pondering, "what should my new word be: Fullness...Trust...Faith...Impossible?" All these words felt important to me, things I pray, themes I hope to see in my life. One day...
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    How 2017 was the Year Full of Impossible Things
    January 30, 2018
    As I mentioned last week, 2017 was full of impossible things. Here are 10 examples + links to accompanying photos or blog posts: I spent a whole day at Panera. Twice actually. Two friends...
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    Revisiting 2017: the Top Seven Posts
    January 23, 2018
    I've been thinking about all the things that happened in 2017. My one word was fill. As we begin a new year, I can definitely say that 2017 was a year... Filled with lots of moments. Full of...
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    Exploring Italy From a Wheelchair User’s Perspective
    November 28, 2017
    Today we welcome Jasmine from The Globe on Wheels to the traveling conversation! My love of ancient cultures and civilizations began when I took a Greek and Roman mythology course as an elective for one of...
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    Accessitrip: an Adventure with Accessible Tourism
    November 21, 2017
    The travel series continues with the story behind Accessitrip. Welcome, Irina! Hello, my name is Irina. I'm a travel lover, and I love to discover accessible places around the world for people with disabilities. I...
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    3 Tips to Know When Flying with a Disability
    November 14, 2017
    Today we have the first of several guest writers. We are returning to the topic of traveling with a disability. Each week someone will share their travel story and things they've learned along the way. Welcome...
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    This is how I...eat!
    October 31, 2017
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nv4UzO7Geo8 This is how I...eat! Yes, I need help with eating, but it may surprise you that I can reach some food on my own too. How do I do that when my arms don't...
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    This is how I...brush my teeth
    October 17, 2017
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAcbvVbFJi0 Have you ever wondered about everyday tasks, like how I brush my teeth? Today I show you in the video.
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    Finding Accessible Paths in New Areas
    October 10, 2017
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PAiP5WJZ7s When traveling, it is fun to explore the area. I like to be outside and sometimes I find walking paths that are wheelchair-friendly. Recently I found a trail at the Outer Banks that turned...
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    When the Wheelchair Only Goes So Far
    September 26, 2017
    I left my wheelchair on a dock. I parked it there for a few hours. Before I jumped back in it (well, before my dad helped me get in), I looked at it. I...
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    Perfectly Abnormal, an interview with Chris Morris
    September 19, 2017
    1. Tell us a little about yourself. I've been married to my wife Barbara now for almost as long as I lived the unmarried life, and every year is an adventure. Together, we're raising four...
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    One Man’s Journey to See the Glass Half Full
    August 29, 2017
    Hi, my name is Yoav Gaon and I am one of the co-founders of yoocan. yoocan is the world’s leading empowerment site for people with disabilities. In 2008, my son Erez was born with a...
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    Traveling with a Disability, part three
    August 22, 2017
    The past couple of weeks we have talked about what accessibility looks like in a hotel room and tricks I use on the road (or at home). Today I will tell you a few more...
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    Traveling with a Disability, part two
    August 15, 2017
    Last week I left you with the thought, I may prefer a rollaway bed instead of the cushiony hotel bed. Now I will tell you why. The hotel's accessible room has the one giant bed. I...
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    Traveling with a Disability, part one
    August 8, 2017
    Traveling always involves a level of planning. Having a disability adds another layer. Some details have to be considered and researched before leaving home. The biggest question is: Which hotel seems to have the best accessibility...
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    This is how I...enjoy Niagara Falls
    July 25, 2017
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrbKQkvJFCU This is how I...enjoy Niagara Falls. I took a road trip in June to see the Falls in New York and Canada. I also went on the Maid of the Mist boat. It is...
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    This is how I...dance!
    July 18, 2017
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRVGjB18TAU This is how I...dance! Because a physical disability doesn't keep me from dancing the night away. I bring my walker along and then I'm free to move all around the dance floor. That's me...
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    This is how I...am mobile
    July 11, 2017
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8S-byuWLTvU This is how I...am mobile. Some may think I'm wheelchair-bound, but I'm not. I can walk short distances in my mobility walker or with the help of a hand. All other times, I use...
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    Turning Points: The Way to Hope + Dream, part two
    June 27, 2017
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPWyrnqcpT8 Last month, I gave an early morning chapel talk to a group of middle and high school students. I shared part of my story and walked them through the idea that hope gets attached...
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    Turning Points: The Way to Hope + Dream, part one
    June 20, 2017
    What is the proper way to hope? How do we carry our dreams and keep the right kind of hope alive? I have times where I put my hope in the wrong place. My unfulfilled dreams become heavy and...
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    stifling the true self
    June 13, 2017
    the world around me stares not quite knowing what to say young ones and old, all have spoken strange words, words of unawares words that speak deeply to me revealing the heart of their soul. such moments i do recall from...
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    This is how I...interact with nature
    May 30, 2017
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZT5EJZz5ZE Here is a dose of random fun from my weekend. I can't just go sit in the grass, so I often enjoy nature from my wheelchair, walker, or with hands-on help. Other times, my...
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    This is how I...run!
    May 23, 2017
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j80YhoRb_SQ It wouldn't be possible for me to say, "This is how I...run!" without the presence of an extra someone. My friend and I have already finished several short races and a half marathon. I...
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    This is how I...TYPE
    May 16, 2017
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtNoOEFcJaA This is how I...TYPE. Before I can use my computer, I need my work station set up a certain way. The desk featured in this video was custom-built according to my own sketch and...
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    This is how I...reach my drinks
    May 9, 2017
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXY7T2wjM5o The "This is how I..." series continues. In each video, I give you a behind the scenes look into my daily life with Arthrogryposis. I have a spot in my room where I can...
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    unknown answers
    April 25, 2017
    how long shall i stay? who will say? will you show me the way? do i think of a plan...wait for a man... or decide what to do when i think i can? for what do i wait?...
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    emerge
    April 18, 2017
    enter, go in the tent for the night note the moon, the fading light feel the wind, watch the trees soar make a bed on the earth's floor talk, laugh until you can no more hear the people and dogs...
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    lost in a dream
    April 11, 2017
    my heart is heavy and i am lost in a dream. nothing in life is quite what it seems. we come to a point or period of time where it feels we are losing more than we...
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    This is how I...WRITE
    March 28, 2017
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qdyk8Iv9JDQ This is how I...WRITE. Today I show you the way I can write any note I like. My writing tools can't be: A) too short, B) too big around, in order for me to...
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    Self-Advocacy: how to thrive with a disability at church
    March 21, 2017
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNO_81S_zaw In the eyes of the world, I am weak. I have a physical disability that is very visible. I use a wheelchair outside of my house and I need hands-on help every day. These exact...
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    this is how I...take a walk
    March 14, 2017
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yo6VJ1FR-l4 this is how I...take a walk. In this first video of the blog series, I talk about how I enjoy time outdoors. A physical disability means I need mobility equipment (my power wheelchair) and...
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    Love & the Disability Factor, part four
    March 7, 2017
    When it comes to the longing for love, I'm not the only one with fears related to the disability factor. I'm not alone in feeling this dream of mine can seem impossible. I've read books...
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    Love & the Disability Factor, part three
    February 28, 2017
    I carried the hope in my heart to college. I wondered if I'd find a guy there and the story I imagined would grow after graduation. But I moved back home with the hope hanging...
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    Love & the Disability Factor, part two
    February 21, 2017
    In another year, I headed to middle school and I met a whole new set of classmates. I didn't stay in contact with the first boy. No one caught my eye again until eighth...
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    Love & the Disability Factor, part one
    February 14, 2017
    I had my first boyfriend in the fourth grade. He was older. I looked up to him. I thought he was cool. And I was sad he would be moving on to middle school...
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    Am I an Inspiration?
    February 1, 2017
    After I wrote about the top 10 misconceptions, I knew we would need to explore a few of them further. The list came from a collection of voices. I asked for others to share their...
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    A Spotlight on Project Starfish: One Goal, Many Voices to Break Disability Perceptions
    January 24, 2017
    Culture, as a whole, needs to learn about focus. Seeing the strengths of someone. Looking past any obstacles. Coming from the angle of ability. Fact: There is a high level of unemployment for people with...
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    A Word & A Prayer to Fill 2017
    January 17, 2017
    I started choosing one word for the year back in 2014. It's not really to define what I do in the year to come or what goals I set. But the word is something...
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    A Story of Snow Days and Contentment with Limits
    January 10, 2017
    "Come home tomorrow! We're going to get 6-9 inches and we can play in the snow. I need a snow buddy. It will be fun!" My mom was on the phone with one of my brothers....
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    Celebrating Community During the Christmas Season
    December 28, 2016
    There is JOY in being connected to family and friends during the Christmas season. There is PEACE in the presence of people who consistently show up in your life. I started December with a goal in mind --...
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    Who determines a life not worth living?
    December 20, 2016
    The misconceptions blog series continues with another guest writer. I'm excited to have Peg Chaidez with us. She also offers a perspective as a parent. Her son was born with Arthrogryposis. This story is powerful, beautiful,...
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    Short Doesn't Mean Incapable
    December 14, 2016
    Today Becky Curran joins our ongoing look into disability misconceptions. She works to fight for inclusion and erase the way culture assumes things about little people. This is her story. ******* As a little person professional,...
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    A Parent’s Perspective: Why My Son Doesn’t Need Fixing
    November 29, 2016
    More than a year ago I "met" today's guest writer -- Jennifer Fecowycz. She emailed me after finding my blog and shared her connection to Arthrogryposis . Read on for more of her story. This is still part...
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    Why Avoiding Questions Adds to the Disability Misconceptions
    November 22, 2016
    Today we carry on the series about disability misconceptions. This topic is so important. Talking in depth leads to a better understanding of what culture says and how we can grow as a whole. Welcome to...
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    5 Questions with Hidden Disability Misconceptions
    November 15, 2016
    Last week I shared the top 10 misconceptions about the physically disabled. Before I wrote that post, I reached out to people online who also have various kinds of disabilities. I soon realized -- we are all clashing...
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    The Top 10 Misconceptions About the Physically Disabled
    November 8, 2016
    We're going to talk about misconceptions. Things assumed by culture as a whole. These ideas about the physically disabled are often false: A physical disability automatically means a mental disability as well. Wheelchair users are confined to their...
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    When I Felt Different, part six
    October 25, 2016
    The past few weeks we have been examining the moments I felt different. Something happened in those stories that made me aware of my physical limitations. If you missed any of the posts: Part One We...
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    What I Learned by Not Letting My Limits Stop Me
    October 21, 2016
    You aren't supposed to look like a pretzel when you are born. But I did... Because of my physical disability, independence is not an option. But I've accepted this fact for years. I don't let limitations...
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    When I Felt Different, part five
    October 18, 2016
    I used to attend a camp for children with neuromuscular disease. I liked it some years. But I grew to not enjoy the camp sooner than most. There was no one reason I stopped...
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    When I Felt Different, part four
    October 11, 2016
    I've already mentioned that my classmates loved to help me at school. I couldn't tell you how it started or when, but I have memories of friends helping all the way back to kindergarten....
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    When I Felt Different, part three
    September 27, 2016
    Surgery of any kind isn't fun for anyone, especially a third grader. I thought I was going to a normal check-up with my orthopedist. I was never a fan of those appointments. Then he...
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    When I Felt Different, part two
    September 20, 2016
    It wasn't the first time I had fallen. I was as used to falling as I could be. We practiced falling in physical therapy with the cushiony mats and I tried to tuck in...
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    When I Felt Different, part one
    September 13, 2016
    If you asked me, "What's it like to be different?" or "When did you know you were different?"...I might respond in one of three ways: "I'm not different. I've never seen myself as different." (I...
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    When Friends Care in Tangible Ways
    August 30, 2016
    This isn't a story about what we did or where we went. This is a real-life story about friends -- when they cared, how they helped in tangible ways, and what that meant. I went to...
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    3 Unspoken Goals of Caregiving
    August 23, 2016
    Caregiving isn't just about me asking someone to help me with a specific task and then we do it. That is part of it and that is how caregiving begins. But caregiving done well...
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    Being a Mom Has Its Own Limitations, part two
    August 9, 2016
    Today I'm thankful to have Jordan Fortenboher on the blog once again. She continues her story of entering motherhood and the limits she is learning to feel and face. (If you missed Part One, please go...
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    Being a Mom Has Its Own Limitations, part one
    August 2, 2016
    Today I am excited to share my space and introduce you to fellow blogger and writer, Jordan Fortenboher. We connected in recent years as we both were learning to chase dreams and move forward in obedience...
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    Understanding Arthrogryposis and A New Normal, part four
    July 26, 2016
    When I was little, I didn't really know what mainstream inclusion meant. Those words weren't in my vocabulary and I don't remember hearing them from my parents. But I lived it. Public schools were just...
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    Understanding Arthrogryposis and A New Normal, part three
    July 12, 2016
    My first day of school came sooner than what's considered normal. I was only 2. My oldest brother headed to kindergarten and I headed to preschool. Different schools, but I love the fact that...
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    Understanding Arthrogryposis and A New Normal, part two
    July 5, 2016
    Normal would always be a word I redefined with my life. There is nothing normal about looking like a pretzel when you're born. But I did. My parents immediately knew something was off the night...
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    Understanding Arthrogryposis and A New Normal, part one
    June 30, 2016
    We went to physical therapy that day. And the therapist had been working on your balance and standing for a while. Probably months. We had been trying to get you to walk independently. All of...
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    The Me Before You Dilemma: What Makes Life Worth Living
    June 28, 2016
    When I first bought the Me Before You book, I didn't know it came with controversy. I didn't realize I was entering a story full of dilemma and debate centered around an unnamed question: Is life...
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    The Real Rest We Need
    June 24, 2016
    I thought I would take a break from writing today. Just rest. Not quit or really pause the blogging, but give myself a day off. I have had a lot on my mind as...
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    Two Reasons to Lose Track of Time
    June 17, 2016
    I lose track of time when I'm writing. It can take a while for me to get started, but once I'm there, once I'm in the zone, I can't really stop until that task...
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    Breaking Through Barriers: When Expectations Affect Hope
    June 14, 2016
    I had a favorite verse in high school. It was Proverbs 19:21 -- "Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand." I knew...
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    Finding a Way to Something You Want
    June 10, 2016
    She smiled at me and I couldn't resist wanting to hold her. There is something special when they are still small. I can find a way to easily hold a baby, before they are...
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    Breaking Through Barriers: When Expectations Affect Daily Life
    June 7, 2016
    "Can you hold onto both arms?" "I got you." "Ok, I am trying to get there. I just can't move as fast." "It's okay." "I don't like feeling different." I had this conversation with my mom earlier today, but...
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    Adapting to a New Haven
    June 3, 2016
    A safe or peaceful place. That's one definition for haven -- the word of the day. What comes to mind? Where do you run? What place brings you peace or rest? I used to go to...
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    Breaking Through Barriers: When Expectations Affect Identity
    May 31, 2016
    Last week I left you with this question: In what ways could I enjoy life now without giving up these simple dreams forever? After my thirtieth birthday, I began to consciously work through this question. I...
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    Why We Need Hope and Cheer
    May 27, 2016
    When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer. -Psalm 94:19 I return to this over and over -- We need each other. Life is better when we share it with...
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    Breaking Through Barriers: Letting Go of Expectations
    May 24, 2016
    Thirty. It wasn't about the number. It was what the number represented and how everything came to the surface as a day of celebration approached. I didn't want to turn 30. I was a mess...
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    Expect to Be Surprised
    May 20, 2016
    There's a funny thing about expectations. We don't always know which ones to hold onto and which ones we need to lay down. Even in the past week I have seen how God wants...
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    Breaking Through Barriers: Simple Dreams, part two
    May 17, 2016
    What does it feel like... To rise from the bed and stretch without someone lifting your body or moving your arms for you... To open the front door and go for a run or bike...
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    On Growing Up
    May 13, 2016
    Ten years ago I moved. From one small town to another. From a place I called home for 4 years to the place that is my home once again. Ten years ago I woke up...
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    Breaking Through Barriers: Simple Dreams, part one
    May 10, 2016
    Facing my limits isn't something new for me. However, life with a physical disability looks and feels different as an adult in a way. I'm not hopping on a school bus every day. I'm not...
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    A Lesson I Would Miss
    May 7, 2016
    I have to be honest. I almost missed writing this post today. I'm tired. I'm low on energy. I'm wishing for the sunshine to come back and stay for days. I don't do well...
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    Breaking Through Barriers: Facing My Limits
    May 3, 2016
    It's not always easy to face our limits. To know how weak we are or how much we need others. Whatever the reason, limits exist. Eventually we have to face the limits in our...
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    Before the Moment Passes By
    April 29, 2016
    I watched our kids playing duck duck goose outside and running around. I couldn't fully participate, but I held things for people. One boy gave me his toy to keep safe. But part of...
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    Breaking Through Barriers: How I Feel Limited
    April 26, 2016
    Last week we started this series by asking and answering the question: "What is normal?" My normal is this -- I am limited. And I need help. All the time. The list is rather long if...
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    When We Can Unite
    April 22, 2016
    I started to define normal for you the other day. But I didn't mention that our normals can change. A lot. Just think about life. Normal changes with every single life stage...from childhood to...
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    Breaking Through Barriers: Redefining Normal
    April 19, 2016
    Normal. How do you even begin to define "normal"? Culture teaches us what normal can mean, what normal should look like, and how to respond to what isn't considered normal. What is normal, really? This...
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    The Easy Side of Limitations
    April 16, 2016
    Easy isn't really a part of the definition when you're thinking about limits. Or looking at limitations that might affect the way you live. But I've come to see there is an easier side...
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    Living Beyond Your Limits
    April 12, 2016
    Two years ago I chose my first word for the year — focus. That was the year I struggled. A lot. I faced health question after health question with no signs of the answers...
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    When It's Time for Boots & Other Things
    January 18, 2016
    It was time to pull out the boots. The forecast said the temps would be in the upper 30s by mid-day and they mentioned a chance for snow showers. I guess I should get...
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    When Weary Can't Win
    November 15, 2015
    I have to admit I've been missing the daily blogging. I grew used to the habit last month as I finally did the Write 31 Days challenge. I did it. I finished. I learned...
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    Why I Almost Lost it in Public
    November 1, 2015
    It definitely wasn't the first time, but it still made me mad. Maybe mad is too strong of a word, but I was frustrated and there was a hint of anger under the frustration. My...
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    A Random Post on Bacon
    October 30, 2015
    I woke up to the scent of bacon. Then I found out the word for Five Minute Friday was bacon. The connection to bacon on this day continued when I ran an errand later...
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    Lost in a Sea of Words
    October 29, 2015
    Can you believe another month is ending soon? And I've been blogging every single day? I didn't have it in me this time last year. I quit before I started. So glad I finally decided...
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    Hope Wavering in the Night
    October 28, 2015
    Darkness is when the worries grow and hope begins to waver. It's easy to see all the good possibilities before you start something new. And in the middle of the darkness, whatever that looks...
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    The Perhaps Part of Transition
    October 28, 2015
    "Perhaps I will sleep tonight." I was half-joking by using the word perhaps. It's not a word I commonly choose. But I was already pondering what to write today and how to use the word....
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    When it's okay to Whisper at Church
    October 26, 2015
    My mom just told me I used to whisper at church when I shared the word for today's post. She's probably thinking about my childhood and teen years when I'd whisper in the middle...
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    On Preventing the Energy Crash
    October 25, 2015
    This whole year I've been working to heal my body and find freedom within a new set of limitations. It was hard, but I knew it would be worth the effort, worth the commitment....
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    3 Ways Writing Benefits from Silence
    October 24, 2015
    Well, I started this blogging challenge more than three weeks ago. I had hoped to write some posts ahead and give myself the freedom to not be stressed over meeting a daily deadline. It...
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    When Joy Follows
    October 23, 2015
    We aren't left in the middle of confusion for long. If we're seeking a way through a storm and taking each little action step we know is ours to take, then the mess becomes...
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    The Value of Connection
    October 23, 2015
    I have a love/hate relationship with social media. I'm pretty sure the majority of people on Facebook would say the same things at different times. It can be...overwhelming. Too much to keep up with. Too...
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    Community In the Wave of Hard Things
    October 22, 2015
    Hard things seem to come in waves. And in the middle of those seasons, emotions go up and down too. Lately I've had days where I feel more messy and confused. I'm looking for...
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    On What is Temporary
    October 21, 2015
    "Whatever's in front of me, help me to sing Hallelujah" I just had my music on and these lyrics stood out. Whatever's in front of me...guess that includes the storm I wrote about last week....
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    Honor the Space You Need
    October 20, 2015
    Well, friends, I didn't want to write a post today. It's the first time during this challenge that I really thought about skipping. I'm tired and my brain feels foggy. It's not from the...
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    When the Cold is Worth It
    October 19, 2015
    I came back home frozen. My whole body was stiff and that made me even more unsteady on my feet. I could still move, but I told my dad not to let go. He...
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    Accept What is Offered
    October 17, 2015
    A couple of weeks ago I shared bits and pieces of my experience with thyroid disease and the journey back to wholeness. It has been a long four years of ups and downs and...
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    Beyond the Green Shirt
    October 17, 2015
    In all my sorting so far, I couldn't give away this one green shirt. I went looking for it tonight before I remembered I wore it the other day. Fall is the time of...
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    Freedom in Unlikely Places
    October 16, 2015
    I laughed when he first walked up. Lunch was almost over and we figured he must not be working today. He was on his way out the door, but he sat down for a...
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    When You Can't Fly
    October 14, 2015
    The past few months have quickly disappeared. I filled my time with the Do Summer challenge along with the normal, everyday things. They say the older you get, the faster time flies. I don't...
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    Patience Mixed with Action
    October 14, 2015
    After a rough start to the week yesterday and just feeling stuck in the middle of a hard situation, I took more time to rest and seek clarity on what to do. I didn't...
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    The Storm Inside
    October 12, 2015
    "What’s the word for the day?" "Storm," I told my mom earlier at lunch time. “And I need to figure out when to write my post before small group tonight." She offered, "My Life is a...
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    When Rest is Good
    October 11, 2015
    When it comes to napping, I'm often one who fails. I don't like sleeping during the day. I'm not saying I've never napped because that's what you do as young kids. And you always...
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    Ready to Let Go
    October 11, 2015
    The topic of letting go could point to a number of things. For now, we'll talk about sorting again. I've mentioned it off and on this year because I have a strong desire to...
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    The Tension to Trust
    October 9, 2015
    It was easy for me to trust God about the whole college thing. I never questioned the going or not going. In my mind, the answer had always been I was going. This might surprise...
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    Free to Wear Purple
    October 9, 2015
    I grew up knowing these 2 random facts: my mom didn't like purple and my grandmother didn't like purple. They were both very against the color. So that meant nothing in their wardrobe related...
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    Reasons to (Not) Love the Doctor
    October 7, 2015
    Nobody loves going to the doctor. So many fear the dentist, but that's never been one of mine. I guess I have a really healthy mouth and I'd like to keep it that way. There...
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    A New Season of Possibility
    October 6, 2015
    I don't really want to leave you with the sadness of the longest ride home, but it's impossible to tell you everything that college meant to me in "five minutes". And there were plenty...
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    The Longest Ride Home
    October 6, 2015
    It was hard to leave that place. I didn't want to go home. The day was supposed to be celebratory, and it was, but I carried a sadness inside. I wasn't ready for this...
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    Embrace the Now
    October 5, 2015
    I'm starting to embrace this challenge. I wondered if I'd post everyday or group the writing into longer pieces less often for the blog. So far it is working. I'm writing freely and freely...
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    He Captured My Attention
    October 4, 2015
    He captured my attention when we were much younger. Somehow my friends and I always used to convince him to play with us outside during recess. That was probably the only time we really...
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    A Part of Our Family
    October 2, 2015
    There is a freedom that comes with growing up as the only girl in the house. I didn't have to share clothes, take turns with the girl toys, or wait for my sister to...
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    31 Days to (More) Freedom
    October 2, 2015
    The blog has been calling me all day, all week really. I'm starting a new challenge for the month of October. It's called Write 31 days. Lots of bloggers gather together and make plans...
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    Never Doubt the Journey
    September 30, 2015
    From the beginning, I never had a doubt I could get better. I just knew something wasn't right. Even my friends noticed at this point. You might think I'm talking about my physical disability...
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    Celebrate the Change of Seasons
    September 22, 2015
    Can we pause for a minute and celebrate as summer officially comes to a close this week? Back in June I thought my summer season would be quiet, restful... I didn't know exactly what I...
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    When we are no longer the same
    September 12, 2015
    When I think about my life, it can be funny to realize the moments that stand out. They're not always the ones you'd imagine. Sometimes it is a big event or reaching a milestone,...
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    What it Means to Say Yes
    September 6, 2015
    Sometimes God wants us to say yes when we scream no. Sometimes we say yes when we should have said no. Sometimes we say yes without much thinking. Sometimes we think too long before we say yes. Looking...
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    The Things I Find When Sorting
    August 24, 2015
    It started out as a simple sorting project. I found an old box in my closet full of church bulletins. I don't really need them and I'm not sure why I saved every single...
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    5 Things I've Learned
    August 16, 2015
    I took a couple of weeks off from blogging after my blog series on Arthrogryposis, but it is time to keep going. And I'll share much more of my (un)limited life in the weeks to...
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    A Peek into My (un)Limited Life, part four
    July 21, 2015
    We made it to Part Four...the final questions. I will expand on many of these thoughts in future posts. What do you wish someone knew automatically when meeting you for the first time? 1. I am...
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    A Peek into My (un)Limited Life, part three
    July 14, 2015
    Well, friends, I thought I'd finish up the Q&A series today, but there are more questions to answer. Here is Part Three. What sort of movement have you lost or gained since you were a child,...
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    A Peek into My (un)Limited Life, part two
    July 7, 2015
    Today we will keep exploring Arthrogryposis and what my life looks like / doesn't look like in the day-to-day. Your questions covered a lot and this is Part Two of the series. (If you missed part...
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    A Peek into My (un)Limited Life, part one
    July 1, 2015
    First, happy Arthrogryposis Awareness Day! When I asked for your questions last week, I had no idea what you might send in, but I was excited to find out. This was a blog experiment I...
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    Dear Readers, Ask Me Anything
    June 24, 2015
    Dear readers, You might be wondering what happened last Sunday with the girl and my purple dress. Well, I wore my purple dress and I hoped she would be at church again. But that week...
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    When Faith is Bigger than Fear
    June 21, 2015
    "Do not be afraid." "Be strong and courageous." "...For the Lord your God is with you." I read these phrases during my quiet time more than once this week. God reminds his people not to fear all...
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    The Gift of a Girl and Her Questions
    June 9, 2015
    The word for the latest Five Minute Friday posts is "gift". Here is my story. She wanted to know why I wasn't wearing purple. I didn't think she would pay attention to those details. I had...
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    Finding Freedom in the Unwritten Words
    June 4, 2015
    This not writing was not helping. I had to think of a new strategy. And I knew this would work. I pulled out a stack of notebook paper. (Well, I called my mom to my...
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    FMF: The Kind with Blue Lines
    May 31, 2015
    I pulled out a piece of paper, the kind with blue lines. I knew this is what I needed to do because my normal methods for getting back into the flow of writing were...
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    Living in Freedom
    February 1, 2015
    I've been pondering my One Word for a few weeks now. I thought I knew what it would be this year, but I wasn't sure. I took my time to dwell on the possibilities...
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    When the Wait is Over
    February 1, 2015
    One month in to 2015 and I finally have a few words for you. I can already tell this year will be different than last year. I didn’t start out with unanswered questions, but...
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    Heading Out the Door, part two
    November 12, 2014
    If you missed the beginning of this story, read part one here. I can't tell you everything that happened on the day of the short walk. I've lost many of the details, but I remember...
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    Heading Out the Door, part one
    November 1, 2014
    It was supposed to be a short walk. I wanted to go down the street to the neighbor’s and come right back home. I thought it looked easy and I had been walking for...
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    Reaching for a book that isn't there
    September 1, 2014
    The word for this week's Five Minute Friday post is Reach. I reach for a book, or ask my mom to bring me book so-and-so off of shelf #1. Those are the books I’m not sure I will...
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    On Seeking Focus & Creating a Change
    August 24, 2014
    The word for this week's Five Minute Friday post is Change. I wrote what came to mind and it also turned into an update on Focus, my One Word for 2014. I'm linking up...
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    FMF: When a Moment Turns into a Story to Tell
    August 17, 2014
    I could tell he was having a lot of fun. His little feet ran around, chasing the water squirting up from the ground. I watched from the side under the shade of the tree....
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    FMF: And Words Fill Another Page
    August 8, 2014
    The piles take over. The books stack up. The scrapbooks stay on the shelf, unfinished. The sewing machine waits to feel the love of hands on fabric again. Notebooks sit on the writing table, empty...
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    FMF: A New Decade to Begin
    August 2, 2014
    I'm not even sure how to begin a post today. I have many thoughts running through my head, too many to capture in five minutes… Today I woke up to a new decade. Today I...
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    Five Minute Friday: A Place to Belong
    July 13, 2014
    Sometimes we know exactly where we belong. We know as soon as we arrive. Or as soon as we step into a new place and feel the welcoming presence of community. A place you...
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    A View of the Ocean, part two
    June 27, 2014
    This is Part Two of thoughts at the beach. Read Part One here. Day 3, morning It’s our last morning at the beach. My parents and I head home today. This is when the long ride...
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    A View of the Ocean, part one
    June 26, 2014
    Today I'm sharing Part One of what I wrote at the beach last week. Come back tomorrow for the rest of it. Day 1, afternoon I’m writing with a view of the ocean. And the warm breeze...
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    Five Minute Friday: Release More Words
    June 22, 2014
    A change of scenery. A break in the rhythm of daily life. I was reminded last week how good it is to change our normal routine every so often. This time my parents and I...
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    Looking Back on the Camp Days
    May 30, 2014
    empty stables on the right where the horses lived and I visited every afternoon to groom, to feed, to ride even if I had to sit sideways the edge of the woods on the left by the parking lot, still...
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    Returning to the Cabin in the Woods
    April 30, 2014
    We drove down the long road until it turned to gravel. When we hit the rocks and dust stirred around the van, I knew we were almost there. The excitement grew as I unloaded and...
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    Breaking the Silence of an Ordinary Day
    April 1, 2014
    Writing has been nonexistent for the past six weeks. I didn’t mean to stop and I wasn’t trying to lose my momentum. I wrote my way through January, 500 words at a time. That...
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    From One Word to 500 Words
    January 5, 2014
    At the end of the year, I came across something called “One Word 365” on Twitter. I explored what it meant. Everyone picks a word relating to their own journey, a word they need...
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    Stuck at Home, part three
    December 31, 2013
    Ninth grade. The whole idea of a new school left me in anticipation of great things to come. I don’t remember being afraid of starting high school. Moving up to a bigger school where...
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    Stuck at Home, part two continued
    December 24, 2013
    Today I continue the story of “Stuck at Home, part two”. Read the beginning of part two here. ******* The family vacation went on as planned. We didn’t leave early or attempt to see an unfamiliar...
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    Reclaiming a Passion to Write
    December 18, 2013
    Last week Jeff Goins wrote this post and challenged his readers to ponder why we write. Today I’m joining Jeff Goins, Bryan Hutchinson, and other friends as we offer our answers. ******* Every so often I need...
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    Stuck at Home, part two
    December 17, 2013
    This is not a story about a family vacation or about the car ride to get there. No, it’s more about one event that stayed with me weeks later. A small part of the...
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    Five Minute Friday: reflect on the Light
    December 8, 2013
    Christmas is coming reflect on the Light another year ending the One who shines bright a new year beginning He comes to restore fresh starts arriving redeeming day and night stories are growing remember the great height dreams ever building His Love never ceasing   Christmas is...
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    Stuck at Home, part one
    December 3, 2013
    February 20, 1993             When I woke up, I felt happy. I could go home today! I packed my things so I would be ready. (Well, my Mom and Dad helped me pack my stuff.)            ...
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    When I was only eight
    November 26, 2013
    When I was only eight, I wanted to delay the inevitable. But the doctor said no. I visited the orthopedist often as a child. I slept with removable casts on my arms and legs every...
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    Five Minute Friday: I don't want to fly
    November 24, 2013
    Some days fly by. Seasons can be over before you realized what happened or what you forgot to do. We can rush through certain times of the year without fully welcoming each individual day. Thanksgiving...
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    On Finding Focus & Writing Plans
    November 21, 2013
    Blogging hasn’t happened much in six weeks. I’ve only posted once. I think I needed a break to refocus my writing efforts and find the courage to keep going. It’s not that I quit chasing...
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    An Open Letter to the World
    September 26, 2013
    This is a part of the Open Letter Challenge writing contest hosted by Josh Irby. I’m writing a response to the Open Letter to You from the Rest of the World. Dear World, I read your...
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    Five Minute Friday: She Grew
    September 21, 2013
    She used to not take naps in preschool. She got her name put on the board for talking in kindergarten. She didn’t want to miss anything. Slowing down was for the night. But she didn’t like to...
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    September 11: thoughts and a poem
    September 11, 2013
    Senior year began the Tuesday before everything changed. Both of my brothers had already left for college. I heard the news about 9:30 in the morning. Environmental science class was ending and the word...
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    Five Minute Friday: As Red Leaves Drop
    September 6, 2013
    Fall is coming when the wind begins to blow. Red leaves drop, mixing with yellow and the fading green grass. Red flowers close up and trees grow bare, waiting for the briskness of winter. Just...
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    Five Minute Friday: On Worship & the return of September
    August 30, 2013
    Sunday brings the return of September. I look forward to the return of the fall season, not just for the pleasantness of sipping warm coffee on a cool morning or the joy of adding...
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    Five Minute Friday: When the Writing Rhythm Doesn't Last
    August 25, 2013
    I don’t remember the last time I wrote every day for a whole week. I think it was a couple of months ago, but it’s hard to say. I don’t remember the last time I...
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    Five Minute Friday: belong
    July 20, 2013
    I am excited to be a part of the Five Minute Friday link-up again! wait hope search for a place that space to feel accepted understood loved home time needed necessary to be open cultivate grow meet learn welcome embrace time find belong
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    Five Minute Friday: imagine what could be
    June 1, 2013
    It's time for Five Minute Friday and I wrote a poem: imagine what could be imagine what is not wait for what to see live the story of me graphic designer? no way! it's my job most every day be a writer? no,...
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    Five Minute Friday: The Power of a Song
    May 18, 2013
    A song is a powerful creation of words and music. But it goes beyond simply being a product of creation. Any one song can transport me back in time to a specific place filled...
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    Five Minute Friday: On Being Brave
    May 3, 2013
    When I first think of the word brave, I think of heroes in action films or characters that travel on grand adventures and make it to the end of their journey. I think of...
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    Five Minute Friday: Learning to Jump
    April 19, 2013
    We are called to run the race before us, but sometimes I think it is okay to simply walk. Walking is all we can do on the ways we are weary and weighed down...
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    February 16, 2013
    chain, chain bound to the heart won’t let go won’t break apart break, break out of the way you’re not welcome not free to stay free, free free to give free to breathe free to live

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