Hollywood surprise: Mae’s 9th birthday (pictures!)

October 13, 2019 | Danielle | Parenting | 0

We had a wild idea when we sat down to write our goals for the year in January, which in and of itself felt like a victory. Me, I love goals. Mike, not so much, although he’s begun to embrace them. But, we recognized that over the years, they’ve helped guide our finances and calendar.…

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Why I chose Plenvu prep again

October 11, 2019 | Danielle | Cancer Survivorship | 0

This is a sponsored post. Salix Pharmaceuticals compensated me for this post. All opinions are my own. Certain product information has been included to meet regulations. If you’ve been following my story as a colon cancer survivor with Lynch Syndrome, you know that last October, my doctor found several polyps during my colonoscopy and that…

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Finding community changed sickness for me

September 23, 2019 | Danielle | Cancer Survivorship | 1

My friends’ fingers gently wrapped around my arm as they led me out my front door. Faint rays of light broke through my blindfold as I slowly stepped down from the porch. I soon felt gravel under my feet. They were taking me somewhere, and I trusted them, but I had no idea what the…

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What to say to someone with cancer

September 7, 2019 | Danielle | Cancer Survivorship | 0

Although I consider myself an optimist, I can quickly recall two comments that negatively impacted me as a cancer survivor. The first came from a medical professional who implied that the threat of losing my hair from chemo was “cool.” The other came from my peers – teenagers at the time – who told me…

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August 2019 Health Update

August 31, 2019 | Danielle | Cancer Survivorship | 0

Hello friends! A few years ago, I started writing August updates to check in with you about my health. Two years ago, it was long overdue and last year, I shared my yearly schedule of follow-up appointments. Many of you know I’ve had a roller coaster year. My colonoscopy last fall found three polyps and…

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A Place to Be Me (FCA Camp in Pella)

August 26, 2019 | Danielle | Communications | 0

As the editor of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes magazine, I had the opportunity to visit Pella, Iowa and watch a multi-sport FCA Camp in action this past summer. Here’s a personal story from a fun experience! Background on FCA Camp There are 6 different types of FCA Camps: sports, leadership, coaches, power, team and…

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Embracing the Happy – A Devotional

August 25, 2019 | Danielle | Devotionals | 1

Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. Psalm 145:3, NIV. — “I’m good.” It only took me one second to say, but as soon as the words rolled off my tongue, conviction hit my heart. I quickly shifted around in the Panera booth to get more comfortable,…

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Racism at the bank – A devotional

August 19, 2019 | Danielle | Devotionals | 1

So she called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, “You are a God of seeing,” for she said, “Truly here I have seen him who looks after me. Genesis 16:13, ESV — I’ll never forget the day I watched a racist bank customer refuse to let a woman of color help him.…

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Stay strong, storytellers

August 13, 2019 | Danielle | Communications | 0

Hey friends! I feel an apology is in order – it’s been a long time since I’ve blogged a personal update. I love cooking up Monday morning devotionals each week, but that’s all I’ve had capacity to post the past month or so. I’ve been reflecting on why that is lately – and in true…

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