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Helping a Friend in Need
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Update: Up to $420 already!! Update $200 in the first full hour! If we keep this up, we’ll have the whole amount in less than 24!!!! Update: $100 raised in the first half hour!!! You guys are amazing!!!!! You know I wouldn’t ask unless it was an absolute necessity. My friend’s loved one has been in ICU at Mayo for over 2 weeks with...

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Twenty Years and We Still Love (and Like!) Each Other
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I knew I’d grow old with this man. What I didn’t know was how we’d get to that point without killing each other. We’ve had some rough years—like almost all of them. Of the twenty years we’ve been together, I can count five that were (what I would consider) good years, but even in those “good” years, my mother died, his step-father died, and...

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Making My Way Back
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It’s been 20 months since my first visit with my endocrinologist. 19 months since I went (militantly) gluten free on her recommendation. 15 months since starting adrenal meds. 6 months since starting a T3 supplement (in addition to the T4 I’ve taken for years.) Between my last visit with Dr. LaSalle and now, I’ve also begun Removing More Toxins from my life. Last visit, my...

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Every Storm Runs Out of Rain
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I remember starting this painting, though I couldn’t have told you the date until today.   I knew what I wanted to do for my sister-in-law. Her dad was diagnosed with cancer. She loves Gary Allan and when I watched this the video for Every Storm Runs Out of Rain and saw this image and I knew.   The canvas was huge. 36″ x...

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The Art of Listening
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The first instance came between a death and the anniversary of a death. It arrived the day between these two days like a seedling popping up through the frosted ground. Strong emotions are a burden to me. They’re foreign and messy. I’d rather be doing anything than sorting through them–even cleaning my toilets.  I was already feeling the sting of empathy for my sister-in-law...

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Authentic Czech-Slovak Gluten-Free Goulash
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My mother’s family is Bohemian. My great-aunt Mary Skiba came over on the boat. We lived in a tight knit community where most of the neighbors shared our heritage. Growing up, I didn’t know that we ate different than others. When we went to church on Easter to have our food blessed, most people had the same items in their baskets. It wasn’t until...

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Rooted {Listen to Your Mother}
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The barren branches of a mature lilac bush shiver as winter’s breath exhales on them. From the warm and peaceful place inside our new home where I sip my coffee I see them. Stripped down. Fragile leaves and blooms gone. Awaiting spring. Thick branches crossing over one another. Roots unseen stand through the bitter cold. I used to believe my mom was a weak...

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Mind Blown in The Middle of Nowhere
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When I first met Phil (nearly 20 years ago!) and decided to move to Missouri to be with him, I had never been very far outside of the heavily populated confines of Northwest Indiana. Lake Station, Indiana was about 25 minutes to downtown Chicago on a good traffic day from the house I grew up in.  I was a city girl. He is a...

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2013 {to be a year of Restoration}
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Simplify. {2008} Simplify.  {2009} Simplify. {2010} Believe. {2011} Grace. {2012} I’ve been praying for a couple of weeks over the word God would have guide 2013. For awhile, I thought maybe He was going to make me choose it without His opinion and I was kinda freaking out at the prospect. I asked on Facebook if anyone else chose a word to guide their...

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2012 {year of grace}
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After praying intentionally about a word to guide my year, God gave me the word “grace.”  I knew it wouldn’t be easy because I am not the most grace-giving person. Not by a long shot. (the year before was “believe” and the previous three years the same word surfaced over and over: “simplify.”) I had been thinking to myself what a bad year 2012...

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#CreativeSoul #VisualPrayer #heartfull
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There are days God’s presence is so heavy and all encompassing I question why it is He chose me. The spiritual eyes He gives are overwhelming. The glimpses are sometimes terrifying, but yet–He gives more and trusts me as I struggle to trust him. He gives me words to share with others and when I do, like the prophets and disciples, I’m ridiculed, shunned, rejected. And...

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Michelle’s Story
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I’m writing for a new blog that deals with pursuing healthy identity. I don’t know anyone that hasn’t struggled with that topic in one form or another. My first post:  Michelle’s Story. I love to be outside in the dirt. Barefooted, usually. I love digging, planting, watching things grow. I’m not afraid to sweat or get dirty. I have callouses on my hands and...

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First Endocrinologist Appointment
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I am so excited to report that today’s appointment was wonderful!  Dr. LaSalle is not only and endocrinologist, but  also Medical Director of Integrative Medicine, which means she treats the whole body using alternative and conventional medicine.  She studied under the direction of the man who established the field of integrative medicine. After today’s visit, I feel confident that we’ll get to the bottom...

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Do They Know Me By My Love?
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Nope. Some of them don’t. It’s true. I don’t love everyone. I don’t know how to love people who continuously and willingly make the same stupid choices over and over.  I don’t know how to love people who claim they’re Christian, yet, their fruit is rotten. I don’t know how to love fake people. Or people who knowingly lie and cover up their lies...

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