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First Days Can Be Tough

First days can be tough. Especially for the overthinkers. The big feelers. The sensitive ones. For us, the anxious souls who don’t slip into newness with ease, first days are met with dread rather than anticipation. The worst case scenario seems entirely possible....

Write Your Own Ending

For the majority of my life I've hated Father's Day. A day meant to honor that man in my life that was a solid foundation. A steady presence. A protector. A day set aside for a man I've never known. That not knowing is tough. Harder some days than others, harder than...

2018 Word of the Year

It seems to be a popular thing these days to pick a word of the year. Since I have a thing for words this is a trend that I can get on board with. A few years ago, my word was stronger. Last year I chose the word still. I chose it because I felt like I needed to slow...

7 Simple Steps to a Better Year

You know the drill. The new year approaches and you might feel compelled to jot down a few resolutions. We all want to do better, be better, live better and so resolutions seem like the thing to do. I've noticed that my resolutions are usually about giving up things I...

Could YOU Be The Cure?

Some stories are sparked with passion and my fingers race to keep pace with the words formulating in my mind. Other stories marinade for months before ever coming to fruition. This story began as the later, it has remained unfinished on my computer for several months....

A Note From The PTA

This post was originally shared on Her View From Home. This year I will serve as the president of our school's parent-teacher association. This follows three years of volunteering and one as vice president. Consider this my state of the union speech. It seems to me...

Not Seeing the Forest for the Trees

After the water from Harvey had receded and the winds of Irma calmed Montana was still burning. Over 1,000,000 charred acres. Many of us live in suburban jungles where the typical yard is a quarter acre, we really can't comprehend such a vast space. Denis Malone has...

In God’s Time Our Time Will Come

Where I live people say "going up north" or "heading to the cabin" as commonly as hello. It seems many have a retreat. I'm a water lover without a shore to call home. Being near the water calms my sometimes anxious mind like nothing else. It is my happy place. My...

What If We All Just Kept It Simple?

The Minnesota State Fair ended on Labor Day. It had the largest attendance of any fair in our state's history. My son and I went on the opening day while everything was clean, workers still enthusiastic, and carnival rides in good working order. I've never been to...

First Day Fears

My newsfeed was filled with an endless stream of the adorable first day of school photos. All the kiddos in their favorite outfits, some holding cute signs, all the smiles. Their joyful anticipation and excitement easy to see. I cried as I scrolled through them. I...