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Say No to the Dress

The seed of hope was planted..sometime in my teenage years: I would wear THE wedding dress of my dreams. The evening would be unforgettable, and I’d cherish the memories of dancing all night long with my beloved. In that gorgeous gown. And then…flash forward: >>> We would have a baby girl. >>> Baby girl would reach second grade. Too soon. >>> Baby girl would
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PrayMoreWorryLess

Past :: Present :: Future

Sorrow looks back. Worry looks around. Faith looks up! It’s beyond tempting. To look back and not forward. To drive through the past and forget to thrive in the present. The enemy brings old situations and people up. Before I know it, I’m regressing at warp speed. The blinders are on and I’m plunging…and then…my Beloved…Rescues me! Holding my hand lovingly,
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Learning to turn…90° to 180°

“Crap! What time is it? Ryan!! We gotta go…like an hour ago!” Our heads were fuzzy from last night’s party. Today. Sunday. Gotta get to Mass. But………….we missed all the Masses here in town. I stumbled to get my clothes on as I called each and every Church in the vicinity. Got one. Next town over. “Ok. Ready or not,
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Palm Branch Cross

“Good” Friday

This is one of the hardest posts to pen, as I’m attempting to remember the details from over 2 years ago. Golly. Over two years…one home sold…another one bought. Three pregnancies unlike our previous three. Daughters 9 mos, two and four. Who could have EVER fathomed, the journey our Lord and Savior was ready to navigate us through. But it’s one
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masks & makeup

those of you that have been on planes before are familiar with the reminder “put the oxygen mask on yourself before putting one on your children.” i do, quite readily, remind others to do this. lately though, i’ve not done the best job of heeding the advice. when i’ve felt well in the past, putting on makeup in the morning has
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homecoming: july 19

the following post is detailed…and may be too much. please use caution in reading, especially if your heart is tender…God bless you… 12:30 am…our evening nurse came in with the second dose of cytotec. her name was misty, and she wore a familiar cute pink bow in her hair: it was the same style that my sister jess bought us bridesmaids.
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new life: july 18

friday morning. daddy stayed home today, and fixed pancakes for us on the back deck. we called the doctor’s office, to inform them of our decision. as we awaited a return phone call with instructions of when to go to the hospital, we touched base with mimi. she was on the road from st.louis and making great time. very little
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new life: july 17

all started well today. very well, in fact. anaya and catori had vbs, and tirzah and i enjoyed one another’s company. we packed a lunch for all of us, then headed out to pick up the girls from vbs. daddy and i shared lots of excitement, for this was the day we were to hear our baby’s 17 week heartbeat.
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new life: may 3

We slept like babies last night. Your daddy is very wise, and got our hotel room switched so that everyone would have plenty of room to sleep and play. Between the six of us, we had 2 queen beds AND a couch that pulled out into a bed AND the pack n’ play. Last night, we met up with your
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err-and?

last week. kids dropped off, except for the babe. she and i had a three hour window. we had errands to run, lunch to eat, playtime to be had, and calls to be made. walmart, the first time…she and i set a family record with how quickly we were in and back out. spreading out the wares on the kitchen table
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