We painted the room purple – A Devotional

February 18, 2019 | Danielle | A Post About Mike, Devotionals | 2

Several years ago, before our loft was littered with Barbie houses and LOL dolls, Mike and I decided to paint over the dark, aqua-green walls we inherited upon the house sale. A mixture of wanting to put our own personal, newlywed touches on our house and covering up a color neither one of us preferred,…

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10 Favorite Stories from 2018

December 31, 2018 | Danielle | Family | 1

What a year, everyone! Wow! I don’t know about you, but I love reading year-in-review posts. There’s power in stopping to look back before zeroing in on what’s ahead. My “one word” for 2018: Trust I’ve chosen a “word” for each year since 2006. Usually around November or December, I’ll hear a phrase or single…

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Christmas is for everyone

December 24, 2018 | Danielle | Family | 1

The lights went dim as small feet tapped up the stage stairs so girls dressed in white dresses and homemade gold halos, and boys holding plastic swords, could take their places. The thump of a bass drum moving out of the way set the tone. Each kid crammed in one by one and found his…

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Surviving Christmas with no money

November 30, 2018 | Danielle | Family | 2

Figuring out how to survive Christmas with no money? You’re not alone. A few years ago, I looked down at the five, crisp bills that just came out of the ATM. “This is it,” I thought to myself. This is all we have to spend for Christmas. My husband had entered the arena of unemployment…

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Road trip to heaven (A tribute to Ms. Linda)

November 13, 2018 | Danielle | Adoption | 2

I didn’t expect my adoption post this month to be centered around the news of a funeral. But as I’ve processed the passing of my daughter’s birth grandma last week, there’s no better way to advocate for adoption right now. We met Ms. Linda shortly after we adopted Mae. She helped care for the child…

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I wasn’t there, but I’m here now.

September 25, 2018 | Danielle | Adoption | 0

I wasn’t there when she took her first breaths of air, when the vibrations of her vocal chords sounded the alarm she was cold, hungry or tired. I didn’t see the nurses wipe her off, nor the fresh ink from a tiny footprint dry. I wasn’t one of the many people in the room who…

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Mama and Mae’s Epic Midwest Road Trip

August 3, 2018 | Danielle | Parenting | 0

When I transitioned out of my full-time role in May, one big goal was to visit a few family members at their homes. My brother and his family live in Iowa, and some of my extended family members live in Nebraska. So we found a week that worked for everyone, I planned a route and…

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