Growing Independent

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A wise man recently told me that I should be 95 percent happy and 5 percent sad that our oldest daughter has relocated to Austin, Texas for her first professional job.

I am extremely proud of her and all her accomplishments and know that she will do well in her architecture career.

I told this wise man that whenever I feel a little sad I think about how I did the same thing after graduating from college in Nebraska, taking my first ...

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Settling

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I’m super strong willed—have been since birth and my mom has the stories to prove it.  As a three year old, I remember my lily white Easter dress with the wide yellow ribbon tied at the waist, my white tights and my white patent leather Mary Jane shoes.  I also remember my mother telling me, in no uncertain terms, to stay out of the creek.  I’m sure my eyes twinkled as I immediately headed for the creek to catch frogs ...

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Celebrate Father Figures

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Like the country song “My Boy” by Elvie Shane, says, whether or not a child is yours biologically, you can make a significant impact if you have been placed in that child’s life.

The song talks about how he doesn’t have his smile or his eyes, but that’s ok, he intends to be at that child’s sporting events and other important milestones.

As we celebrate Father’s Day this month, let’s remember to thank those who may not be biologically ...

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Be Excellent

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I’ve been privileged to raise two children to adulthood.  While I have experienced all the feelings of joy and frustration while raising my kids, I have not taken for granted the amazing opportunity to observe their becoming.

My oldest daughter, Caroline, is 27 and has set her sights on law school.  Each day she is studying and getting incrementally better at mastering the LSAT—an exam she did well on the first time she took it and knows that if she does ...

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Dominoes

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I am constantly seeking the secret sauce of time management and this week…my system failed me…or, more likely, I failed to effectively implement the system to my benefit.  Ugh.  #Truth.

The falling cascade of dominoes were predictable as early as Sunday morning when I awoke and realized (interpreted as ignored the knowing that I needed to do it and did other things) I had not completed a meal plan on Saturday night so that I would be ready for the grocery ...

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Black and Blue on the Inside

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It can be easy to dismiss abuse when it is not physical. Yet, in the work that I do, I know that emotional and verbal abuse can be far more destructive than the physical hit that leaves a bruise or breaks a bone.

While that may be hard for someone who has never faced domestic violence to understand, if you listen to a survivor, most will say, it was the sabotage of their self-esteem and self-worth that left the deepest scars.

As ...

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Off Trail

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I spent Saturday hiking with a friend through Matea Park and Nature Preserve north of Ft. Wayne.  I highly recommend the trails there!  They are very well kept, low traffic, beautiful views.  Mostly easy hiking with some moderate sections.  I had my trekking poles and was grateful to use them on a couple more difficult sections.  Plus…I like to go off trail at times to check something out.

Speaking of off trail—do you ever feel like your own life is in ...

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Moving Forward

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Recently I had the unfortunate honor of attending the funeral of a close friend’s brother.  A man who died, too young, of brain cancer.  And during that time I got to thinking about how even amidst his diagnosis, he continued to move forward and live.  Shockingly, what was a six to 12 weeks life expectancy, turned out to be just over a year—and during a pandemic as a pile on.  He loved hard and lived hard for 12+ glorious months ...

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What Were You Wearing?

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We need to stop asking a victim of sexual assault, “What Were You Wearing?” and instead ask “How can I help you recover?”

This month members of the Grant County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) have strategically placed outfits and messaging from actual survivors at various locations across Grant and Wabash counties. The SART includes representatives from Marion Police Department, Marion General Hospital, Grant County Sheriff’s Department, Hands of Hope/Family Service Society, Inc. and Grant County Prosecutor’s Office

April is sexual assault ...

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Statement of Solidarity with Asian American Community

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Family Service Society, Inc. believes in creating an equitable, diverse and inclusive environment for all. The pandemic of the last year has been difficult for many, but it has added a new level of violence and discrimination for our Asian American individuals and communities. They have faced a substantial rise in racially motivated hate incidents during this time. As Rep. Young Kim noted at the hearing: “No American of any race or ethnic group is responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

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