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 Survivorship | 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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Fly Away: Facing my fear of birds

July 30, 2016 | Danielle | Faith | 2

I freely walked into a bird cage at the zoo today and faced my fear of birds. With my body shaking, I stretched out my arm and let a lorikeet perch on my finger and drink nectar from a small cup in my hand. At one point, two birds rested on me. But one flew…

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A Post about Mike #1

July 25, 2016 | Danielle | A Post About Mike | 0

God gave me Mike as a freshman in high school. We met through our friend Erin. She told me he wore a green “Fully Rely on God” bracelet and that I’d like him. She knew we were both Christians. She was right. I did like him. Well, I mean, I thought he was cool. We…

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Today I went to a black church.

July 17, 2016 | Danielle | Faith | 16

Today I went to a black church. No, I didn’t have an agenda. It wasn’t for work. There wasn’t a rally to attend or any special invitation (other than the one from my friend Rene who’d been praying for the African American community and felt told to go). I went to listen and pray alongside…

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Of Course I’m Jealous | A Devotional

July 12, 2016 | Danielle | Devotionals | 2

I’m facing a dilemma at the moment. I can’t decide if I’m going to hide the gray hairs popping up all over my head at my next hair appointment or if I’m going to let them be. On one end, I want to hide them because I don’t love them. Nothing wrong with that. On…

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Why Ask Why? | A Devotional

July 5, 2016 | Danielle | Devotionals | 0

The day we stop asking “Why?” is a very dangerous day. It’s a day draped in a mask of maturity but really it’s not. “Immature children are the ones who won’t stop asking questions,” we think. Us adults are the ones who don’t get it. We shouldn’t ask for a map only when we’re lost…

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The Red Shorts

June 30, 2016 | Danielle | Cancer Survivorship | 3

In reality it was only a few seconds. But it felt like several minutes, if not hours. I stood there helpless in an outlet store staring at a selection of red summer shorts. Usually a “summer sale” would have helped me feel better about making a purchase. No luck this time. “Just pick up two…

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