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How an Heirloom Quilt Stitched Me Together

How an Heirloom Quilt Stitched Me Together

Not without design does God make the music of our lives. John Ruskin Saver of Things On December 31, 2022, I finished up the last stitch on an heirloom quilt I've worked on since April 2020 during the pandemic shutdown. It is for our first grandchild. The heirloom...

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When Your World Crashes In

When Your World Crashes In

We were at a movie theater when a phone call changed the trajectory of our evening. One of those phone calls when the world seems to crash in around you, and the only choice you have at the moment is to sink or swim. Have you received those phone calls, the doctor's...

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Giving Yourself Grace

Giving Yourself Grace

A young mom, I laid sobbing on our couch in our basement. It was my reaction to a comment I received that day which validated feelings of unworthiness and unacceptability. I laid there, loathing myself. It triggered feelings I had as a teenager with an eating disorder...

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