Remembering My Why in Denver

November 6, 2016 | Danielle | Cancer, Communications | 0

I tried really hard but between the intriguing conversation with my Ethiopian taxi cab driver and the bumps from Denver’s road construction, I couldn’t seem to snap a great picture of the mountains. Not everyone’s amazing at iPhone photography. Case in point: Contrary to what the pictures may seem, the Colorado Rockies were beautiful. I…

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From Scanxiety to Hopeful | A Devotional

October 26, 2016 | Danielle | Cancer, Devotionals | 2

The words were about to roll off the keyboard like drizzling butter over freshly popped popcorn when I stopped myself. No – the days of basking in scanxiety were over. Instead of writing about the trauma and pain of cancer, or the nervousness about my upcoming scans, I felt an invisible nudge to focus on…

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My Biggest Aha! from the Writer’s Conference

October 25, 2016 | Danielle | Communications, Faith | 5

Attended a writer’s conference over the weekend. Writer’s conference selfie. Learning how to tell better stories and offer hope to this broken world. A photo posted by Danielle Ripley-Burgess (@danielleisb) on Oct 21, 2016 at 7:59am PDT I learned I have maybe 60 seconds to convey my message right now so I’ll make it brief.…

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Happy Shelves

October 20, 2016 | Danielle | Home & Work | 1

I had a dream… it was that one day my beautiful Fiestaware dishes wouldn’t be hidden by a drab oak cabinet door. A day where my old house’s kitchen would reflect its true charm and character. A day where I put everything I need to cook right in front of my face, letting the creative…

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In Real Life and Roller Skating

October 19, 2016 | Danielle | Relationships & Coping | 3

I think she morphed my common phrase “for reals” into her own saying – but when Mae’s trying to figure out if we’re joking or not, she’ll often say, “In Real Life?” It usually goes something like this: “Hey Mae, we’re going to get ice cream. Get your shoes on.” “In real life!?” (Then long…

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Love the Poor | A Devotional

October 12, 2016 | Danielle | Devotionals, Faith | 1

  And Jesus said to His disciples, “Truly I say to you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. “Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”…

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Finding God in a Crappy Week

October 6, 2016 | Danielle | Faith | 2

To be blunt, it’s been a crappy week around here. No pretty, easy, or nice way to say it. We unexpectedly entered a season that’s familiar to many others but new to us:  unemployment. Unexpected dissolution of my husband’s job last week came at a surprise. Thankfully I am employed – a huge blessing I…

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In the Club | A Devotional

September 21, 2016 | Danielle | Devotionals | 0

My bouncing, bubbly kindergartner stepped off the bus with a smirk on her face. I expected to hear the same thing I’d heard for three weeks – news of a playground crush and elementary marriage proposals. But her news of the day came unexpected: “I’m in the club! I’m with a bunch of other girls…

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Opening up about cancer again

September 4, 2016 | Danielle | Cancer | 11

I tried to stop writing about colon cancer a little while ago. Well, sort of. I moved away from writing on my Semicolon Stories blog – a site I began after my second diagnosis. Its musings and content mostly focused on “life after colorectal cancer.” I took an active step away from blogging about my…

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My first day of school as a mom

August 21, 2016 | Danielle | Parenting | 2

Chimes from my smart phone’s alarm broke the silence at 6:30 a.m. The long-awaited morning arrived:  the first day of school. Five years prior time felt like a marathon. A judge made a nine-month-old baby girl “officially” ours after six long months of post-placement adoption visits. But on this day, time felt like a sprint.…

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