Writer’s Rejection | A Devotional

August 30, 2017 | Danielle | Devotionals | 0

As I scooted out my chair and walked away from the round table, it became increasingly difficult to hide my disappointment and contain the stream of tears about to drop down my face. Becoming the next 20-something bestselling author was not in my near future. The editor I’d requested to review my writing samples during…

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Back to Everything

August 28, 2017 | Danielle | Parenting | 0

I’ve got a first grader. For all of you who told me to cherish the baby, toddler, “three-nager” and pre-K days, you were right. Time goes fast when you’re a Mama Bear. You were also right about the bad memories fading. There’s a few bad days lodged in my mind that will be hard to…

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5 tips for talking to kids about cancer

August 18, 2017 | Danielle | Parenting, Survivorship | 1

Talking to kids about cancer isn’t easy, but if a close friend or relative has been diagnosed, I guarantee cancer is on their minds in one way or another. One pretty day several summers ago, my daughter, age six at the time, made a cute craft box at camp designed to keep her prayer requests.…

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Fitbit | A Devotional

August 2, 2017 | Danielle | Devotionals | 0

I have somewhat of a love-hate relationship with my Fitbit activity tracker. I was excited about it at first, but after many weeks, which turned into months, I didn’t hit my goal. My step count was dismal, no stars appeared next to my days. After awhile, it was easier to stop wearing the tracker than…

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One Year Later: Facing my fear of birds

July 30, 2017 | Danielle | Faith | 0

One year ago today, I faced one of my deepest fears – one I’ve held for most of my life. I fed the birds inside the Kansas City Zoo’s Lorikeet Encounters. Memories of the cold, eerie touch of bird’s feet wrapped around my finger and the soreness in my core after leaving the cage are…

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Piles | A Devotional

July 26, 2017 | Danielle | Devotionals | 0

I prefer a clean house. I like to see our stuff organized. Stacked containers with coordinated lids is a small paradise. Books neatly lined up on a shelf feels like a treat. Sometimes life affords me the time and energy to clean, sort and organize. My house glows, and subsequently, I do too. I love…

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Slow Down and Step Up

July 23, 2017 | Danielle | Faith | 0

Isn’t it funny how when we’re younger, time can’t go any slower? Mae’s birthday is in two months, but September cannot come fast enough. She updates her birthday list each day and mentions it at least once. I, on the other hand, was up until midnight the other night looking at mermaid theme parties on…

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Stairs | A Devotional

July 19, 2017 | Danielle | Devotionals | 0

There really weren’t that many stairs. I’d run up and down them many times; the carpet threads were worn from years of foot traffic. Climbing to the second floor was nothing I hadn’t done before. Yet my fresh incision and doctors orders told a different story. I was to take it easy. Scaling the steps…

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The Golden Rule and The Enneagram Test

July 16, 2017 | Danielle | A Post About Mike | 2

My husband Mike is an avid podcast listener. Most often if you catch him in the grocery store (yes, he shops for our groceries, I know he’s great) he’s got earbuds in as he rolls down the aisles. Over the past week, he’s been talking a lot about The Liturgists podcast episode that covered the “enneagram”…

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Out of the Box – A Devotional

July 12, 2017 | Danielle | Devotionals | 0

One day, it hit me. I was living most of my life looking at or through a box. Not literally, of course. But my eyes and ears were mostly focused on messages with four lines surrounding them. Sometimes, it was the TV box. Other times, the boxes were of computer screens, calendar dates or pages…

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