The Right Place

There have only been a few times in my life I had the distinct impression that I was exactly where I was supposed to be. One was sitting in the celestial room with my husband waiting to be sealed for eternity. A few others were moving back to Alaska after a difficult two years in […]

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The Joy Maker

My daughter and I just finished reading The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I’d read this book in elementary school. However, as a child, I missed the message of healing in this classic children’s novel. As did my ten-year-old daughter. She loved the magical characters. Dickon the animal charmer. Mrs. Medlock the stern housekeeper. […]

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Book Update

I’ve had a lot of feedback from readers since I published Restoring Virtue last September. One thing I’ve heard from everyone I’ve talked to is that although their life experiences have been different (most have not been victims of sexual abuse) they identified with feelings I described. Their own trials brought about the same sorrow […]

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Flying on Hope

Last month I took my two daughters with me to visit my parents in California. It was wonderful to take a quick break from Alaska before the winter settled in. On my return home I made a connection in Seattle. Flying doesn’t scare me. However, I do get nervous during take-off and landing, and occasional […]

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Where Do You Go When You’re Lost?

I have a handful of songs in my repertoire I play on the piano when the mood arises. They’re in my mind and muscle memory so take little effort to play. Some are favorite hymns that have sentimental value or sweet memories attached to them. Others are simple waltzes or sonatas that can brighten any day. […]

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Giving More

Wednesday is trash day on my street. The Alaska Waste truck pulled in front of my driveway one cold December morning last year. My husband stood waiting on the curb with a Christmas card. It included a twenty dollar bill along with our family’s scribbled signatures. My husband wished the driver a Merry Christmas, told him thank you […]

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Why I Believe

I hate to admit this, but I almost killed my orchid—the flower that had such profound influence on my healing. Water had collected in the bottom of the pot. A fateful mistake. By the time I realized what happened only two scraggly roots hung on and the leaves were wrinkled and limp. I suppose someone […]

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Experiment With Prayer

I tried an experiment this past month. I set a goal to focus my prayers specifically on things I’m grateful for and let go of any needs or wants. Here’s a little backstory for this decision. At the beginning of the year I felt amazing. I had a vision for 2016 and I was going […]

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First Lessons in Gratitude

“Clean sheets, birthdays, packages, growth, wind, sharing, hugs, pacifiers, quiet time, coming home…” These happy words represent two of the hardest years in my life. My husband and I moved to Missoula, Montana almost 10 years ago. We had big dreams for finishing college and starting a career. Instead, we found ourselves face to face […]

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A New Year

Sunday night I had a dream. It was brief, but significant. I looked up into the blue sky filled with puffy clouds. Two strong and familiar arms reached out of heaven, took me by my wrists and lifted me off the ground, just enough to separate me from the heaviness of this world.   I’ve […]

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