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The Purpose Filled Wedding

Recently, I went to a fabulous wedding, truly one of the best ones ever. Like all Christ-centered weddings, it was filled with praise and worship, scripture, and the deep symbolism that facilitates the embedding of Truth into our hearts. I cried. I always do. It was beautiful and joyous, and a reminder of the love… Read more »

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October in All Its Glory

I woke up on Saturday with the shocking realization that it was already halfway through October. As a teacher and parent, September is a vast wasteland of trying to reconnect with my many roles as a working mother. Between the half dozen back to school events scattered throughout the month of September, packing lunches, wearing… Read more »

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Vote Early, Vote Often

Election season is upon us. Personally, I know I have found my blood pressure rising as I scroll through new articles and social media posts. There is much to be gained and much to be lost as we elect the leaders of our nation, state, and local communities. Often we get bogged down in the… Read more »

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Encourager: Trade of Hope in Haiti

I’m pretty sure I could write enough about my sudden trip to Haiti to fill up the entire Encourager and it still would not do the experience justice. And yet, I can encompass the experience with one word: Beautiful. My application essay began, “I have seen enough poverty to last a lifetime, and I’m not… Read more »

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Simply Fair

The African sun was shining brightly as we drove along a dusty road in a remote area of Botswana.  I was on safari with my husband and our guide was taking us to a village nestled deep in the bush.  As we came up to the village, the first thing that grabbed my attention was… Read more »

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Acid Attacks: Making Gender Violence Visible

I have tried to start writing this piece so many times I’ve lost count. This is new for me. Most of the time if I’m trying to make sense of something words are my “go to,” my standard mode of processing. And yet, here I am stuttering and stammering and starting over again and again,… Read more »

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The Ethical Shopping Guide

Yesterday the season of Advent began. For many of us, the day passed with little, if any, recognition.  Maybe a prayer was said or a candle lit. We are busy and we don’t have time to stop. Our to-do list never ends. We still have all the cleaning, the cooking, and the shopping in order… Read more »

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Maybe We Are Just Spoiled

This was originally posted on July 15, 2015 on We are THAT Family and is being reposted with permission.   We stood in the hair care aisle and her eyes were as big as the moon. “Go ahead, choose one,” I urged her. She stood still- looking half afraid, half helpless. I put my hand on… Read more »

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Papillon Enterprise

  I first heard Shelly Clay’s story when I became a Compassionate Entrepreneur with Trades of Hope, and I cried. I cried the second time I heard it too. And the third time. The work that Shelly Clay and her staff are doing at Papillon Enterprises in Haiti is incredible. Who knew that something like… Read more »