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Three years ago, on International Women’s Day, I was standing on the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro raising money for sisters who live in the three most dangerous places in the world. This was no ordinary trip for me. We began in Rwanda, then crossed the border into the Democratic Republic of Congo, an active war [...]

Family gatherings are the best.  Maybe yours are with actual family, or with  friends who are like family.  With our clan, we most often head up to Priest Lake, Idaho, for mountains, s’mores, huckleberry picking, and paddle boarding at sunset on the lake.  Or, in the winter, we dive into knee-deep powder, hot chocolate, and [...]

There’s something about an 18th birthday – no question its a mile marker, for the parent and the child now turned young adult.  It feels big, and it is.  Eighteen signals a crossing. Kids who hit this marker will be launching soon from the home, will make decisions about their futures and careers, and will [...]

My sister had warned me about college drop off weekend.  “Be ready. It’s roller-coaster emotional, busy, and it tears your heart to shreds.”  While my sister and I are similar in many ways, I’m the deep feeler of our duo, so if she felt that way, I forecasted double the emotions.  I knew that the college [...]

Most seniors headed into their freshman year of college are ready for their independence and new experiences.  As they stretch out toward a new beginning, it is comforting and assuring for them to know that the people back home are thinking of them and praying for them. We can do this in many ways, by [...]

Summer comes and we can hardly wait for the lazy days of river floating, picnics in the park, and sleeping under the stars.  Yet, we quickly realize that while these may happen at certain times during June, July, and August, summer is also full of sibling squabbles, too much screen time, and bored children. In [...]

“You will be one of those people.” She looked at me with serious eyes. I laughed out loud. “What are you talking about?” “No, really,” she re-iterated. “I think one day you will be one of the people on that stage.”  She motioned for me to come and stand at the foot of the black [...]

“Well, this is it Mom.” Her hair blew her over her face as the warm wind passed over her tanned armed into the car. “The last stretch. Two more months of high school and that’s it.” Immediately my throat tightened and I bit my lower lip. I knew this was coming. Spring break in Costa [...]

I was a junior in high school and the bright lights shone brightly above the stage.  The MC for the night was handing out impromtu questions and it was my turn.  “If you could have lunch with someone who you find interesting, but have never met, who would it be?” “Oprah Winfrey,” I said without [...]

There is a picture of my daughter next to an overturned raft, hair plastered over her eyes, mouth wide open, that still makes us laugh.  “I’ve never had a boat flip,” the guide had said.  What makes the story even more interesting is that it wasn’t my husband and I with her in the boat [...]

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