Category: Family


Tuesday 27th June 2017

If you’re feeling weak or defeated, try this.

windshield, rear view mirror

He just wanted to walk again. That’s been his prayer for months now. If all went as planned, Dad would finally get to stand upright again. He texted me from the the passenger seat of his car, while Mom drove. They were on their way to Mayo Clinic to meet with Dad’s prosthetic team. ...

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Tuesday 20th June 2017

We All Just Needed Someone to Love, So God Made a Family

We All Just Needed Someone to Love, So God Made a Family

And on the 8th day, God looked down on the good earth he made and said, “I need people to love and care for each other.” So, God made a family. God said “I need a lot of somebodies to show the world what it means to weave hearts, to shape souls, and to stubbornly stick […]

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Tuesday 9th May 2017

On Mother’s Day, 15 Things I Want My Daughters to Know

On Mother's Day, 15 Things I Want My Daughters to Know

Dear Daughters, There are approximately 10,952 things I want you to know, but these 15 are the ones I absolutely, positively pray that you will never, ever forget. 1 – I will always love you. Always. As in, you can’t get de-loved in this house — or in this life. You might just make massive ...

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Tuesday 25th April 2017

The surprising virtue of the strongest people you know.

Army Captain, Vietnam War

My father-in-law was a rugged man, a man of duty and honor. He wore Levi jeans and scuffed boots, dirtied from years of chores on the family farm in Iowa. He had no romantic notions about farm life, or about his years as a decorated Army Ranger captain. There were hard years, really hard years. ...

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Tuesday 31st January 2017

What To Do When You Can’t Agree With the People You Love

What To Do When You Can't Agree With the People You Love

So I’m going to tell it to you plainly, and I’ll start with a visual representation of the polarizing tension that most of us are living in right now. This is a political sign for Trump, with a not-so-subtle protest affixed to it. The sign probably represents the tension in your ...

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Monday 22nd February 2016

Asking for Prayers from You, Dear Friends

Asking for Prayers from You, Dear Friends

Hi friends, This is my Dad. I realize I’ve been a little vague about Dad, and all that he’s been going through. I’ve written things like: “Dad continues to work through some major health problems.” “These are tough times right now.” “Please ...

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Tuesday 9th February 2016

how to find your way home – #TellHisStory (book giveaway!)

how to find your way home - #TellHisStory (book giveaway!)

This did not feel like home, not at first. I was as Iowa as a girl can get. But I had felt destined for the city, not the farm. But home snuck up on me, when I wasn’t looking, where I wasn’t looking. I don’t recall the exact moment, but I knew I was home […]

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Tuesday 26th January 2016

Gratitude Starts With a “P”

Kristen Welch

Gratitude Starts With A P By Kristen Welch A year ago, early on a Saturday morning, we loaded up the car and drove an hour to a government housing complex. Twenty-two apartment buildings line either side of a long street, home to more than fifty thousand refugees relocated to our city. A few of ...

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