An Unexpected Feast: When Grief Meets Gratitude

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We dipped into hearty bowls of butternut squash soup garnished with sprigs of fresh parsley. We passed platters of golden roasted turkey, Nana’s green bean casserole, and homemade crescent rolls. My dear friend added a plate of her family’s special Salvadoran pupusas to the mix, while my famous pumpkin tiramisu chilled in the refrigerator for our ...

A 7-Day Challenge Guaranteed to Make You Smile

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I could feel it coming on — an overwhelming sense of heart-pounding panic, difficulty breathing, dizziness. There wasn’t any one thing that set me off, just a long train of emotional rail-cars carrying the cargo of daily demands, losses, and this impending feeling of doom in our world. I could hear the newscasters on the television in the living ...

When Prayer Doesn’t Feel Like Enough

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to adopt. My dream has been to open our hearts and our home to a child who needs a forever family. I’ve started the process several times, too, but each time I sensed that my husband wasn’t quite as enthusiastic about adoption as I was, so I felt it was wisest to wait (and pray!) until we were both totally ...

A Thanksgiving Hallelujah

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We’d been married 205 days when my body failed my first (un)born. We’d been apart for 148 of those days. My soldier left in the fall, in the brilliance of the dying leaves. He left, and I was pregnant and blissfully naive in the way you can only be when you have yet to suffer real loss. I said goodbye to my husband at midnight in a nondescript ...