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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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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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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Far From Home

Look what I found! Orchids hanging from the wedding bouquet my mother in law lovingly designed for me when I married her son 14 years ago. Last week I remembered a conversation I had with her while planning my wedding. She thought it would be lovely to include this flower in my bouquet and that it […]

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Against the Wind

Every spring I grow sunflowers from seed. I get a thrill watching these gigantic flowers bloom. This warm loving prairie plant actually does quite well in the long Alaska summer days. This year I knowingly started my seeds four weeks ahead of schedule. It was my turn to teach a group of preschoolers the lesson […]

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Making Peace

I know I’m jumping ahead, way ahead, to the final step—making peace. The word peace is usually associated with healing because peace signifies freedom from anxiety, pain, and fear. It signifies the end of suffering, a place of healing, a state of being. Peace is on every victims’ quest for healing.  It’s called making peace […]

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Identifying Fear

I never believed in anxiety attacks until I experienced one for myself. About nine years ago I had a friend from high school come up to the last frontier to visit me. We had a blast sightseeing all over Alaska until we made a trip into Denali National Park that I will never forget. We […]

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