A Week of Grief

March 23, 2017 | Danielle | Relationships & Coping | 0

I gently patted around the blankets looking for her frail hand to hold, but it was too buried. So I settled for combing my fingers through her thinning gray hair. Under normal circumstances, she’d hate it that so many saw her without freshly styled curls. But this week, there was no beauty shop visit. Nor…

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16 Candles

January 23, 2017 | Danielle | Cancer | 2

If I could travel back in time and tell the 17-year-old standing in the back of the library one thing, the one who was just told she had colon cancer, it would be this: Look up. Breathe. Exhale. Seek. Repeat. If I could give her one heads up, I’d tell her to expect life to…

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Because She Was Rose

December 18, 2016 | Danielle | Cancer | 21

I stood off to the side, a common place for me, and watched her arms raise and hips gently sway. The sparkles on her low-cut, v-neck, blue sequence dress flashed in the lights. Her tall silver heels and spiky hair, not to mention her signature blue eye shadow, led me to believe she felt good.…

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This is 33

December 14, 2016 | Danielle | Faith | 0

I opened my eyes only for a second before I wrapped up tighter in the the 11-year old quilt that my grandparents gave us for our wedding. My husband’s winter beard scratched my face as he leaned in to whisper. “Happy Birthday.” I closed my eyes again and tried to drift back to sleep. Of…

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Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel

November 27, 2016 | Danielle | Home & Work | 1

Ten years ago as a starry-eyed first-time home buyer, I walked into each room of our farmhouse and dreamed of its remodeling possibilities. New paint, updated curtains, furniture and furnishings. While the 1920’s-era house had so much character already, I wanted to add our special touch. The kitchen provided a great opportunity and we decided…

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A Birth Mom’s View on her Open Adoption

November 23, 2016 | Danielle | Adoption | 0

This will be one of those posts I print out and hope Mae keeps tucked away forever. I can’t convey with adequate words what an honor and privilege it is for me to share a small piece of our birth mom with you. When we adopted Mae six years ago, I’m not sure any of…

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Following Orders | A Devotional

November 16, 2016 | Danielle | Devotionals | 0

The only thing missing was padding on each square foot of the white room. It didn’t matter that my seclusion was due to low white blood cell counts and my high risk for serious infection. It felt like I’d done something wrong. As I laid still in the hospital bed after yet another surgery, I…

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Disney Princesses And Different Families

November 15, 2016 | Danielle | Parenting | 0

At age two, my daughter loved Dora. Soon after that, the Disney princess obsession hit. While Barbies and other “big kid” toys now fill the Christmas list, she still stops to examine anything with Elsa on store shelves and sleeps with stuffed versions of Jasmine, Merida, Mulan and Sleeping Beauty. Sometimes Disney catches slack for…

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Trusting God To Provide | A Devotional

November 9, 2016 | Danielle | Devotionals | 2

We couldn’t afford it. His middle school math teacher salary and the income I brought in from my small business paid our bills but didn’t leave wiggle room for much of anything else – especially an adoption. “When you accept the call to adopt, God will provide… trust us.“ Our friends who’d adopted their son…

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6-year-old Adoptee’s View on her Open Adoption

November 8, 2016 | Danielle | Adoption | 1

Today isn’t only Election Day. It’s a part of National Adoption Month! To break up the election news cycle, I thought I’d toss out a subject that’s also near and dear to the heart:  adoption. As a family impacted by this beautiful experience, we wanted to share about what it’s like to be in an…

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