Stories of the Lost & Found

There are people who have suffered unimaginable loss. The loss of someone they loved or the loss of themselves in one way or another. Some of those who have suffered have chosen to live with grace and gratitude. Their choices are brave and rich. Those special few inspire me and sharing their stories is my passion. 

Picking Up The Pieces

It is often said that those who serve together in the military or police form a deep bond that the outside world cannot understand. These individuals are willing to sacrifice themselves in order to serve their brothers and sisters. One such soldier came to Acres for...

Pushing Life Away

This is yet another testimony to the amazing, life-saving therapy of Acres for Life. Monica's childhood was nowhere close to idyllic. Instead, it was brutal. Monica's mother had been left on the doorstep of an orphanage as a baby. She wasn't adopted until age seven....

An Intro to Acres for Life

Have you ever heard a story that gave you goosebumps? Have you ever struggled to make sense of something? Have you ever found a cause you felt called to support? I recently found a place where all three of these things happened. I heard stories that were the most...

In The Shadow of Service

Karen had everything she had ever wanted in life. She had a husband, two young children, a house, a dog. She loved her role in the Army wife community. Her soldier husband had safely returned home from service in Kuwait. They could finally be a family. The white...

Darcy’s Story

Stories of the Lost & Found There are people who have suffered unimaginable loss. The loss of someone they loved or the loss of themselves in one way or another. Some of those who have suffered have chosen to live with grace and gratitude. Their choices are brave...

Small Wonders

If you were to meet Nicole you would find her to be warm and bubbly. Her hair would likely be adorable since she's an amazing hair stylist. She is a lover of Jesus and nineties rap music. She'd probably make you feel good about yourself. And there's a good chance...

Thin Spaces Bring Heaven to Earth

Several years ago during a church service I was introduced to the term thin spaces. Thin spaces is an ancient term first used by the Irish, then the Celts, and finally Christians. By definition thin spaces are areas where the space between Heaven and earth is thin....

Thank You Patty

This post was originated in the fall of 2015. Daniel Heinrich made an appearance in court. He was named as a person of interest in the disappearance of Jacob Wetterling. The sight of Heinrich made my stomach turn. If you've lived in Minnesota for any length of time...

The brilliance of a bloom is not diminished by its brief life.

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Gone Too Soon

Two weeks or so ago I attended a visitation for an eighteen year old. The young daughter of an old friend. I arrived at the funeral home weak and wordless. My hand shook as I signed the guest book. I had nothing, but a hug to offer. My friend and I had not seen each...