Rediscovering My Ground

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It’s been 19 months since our son had his stem cell transplant for acute lymphoblastic leukemia and yesterday he texted me:

“How am I alive? Was just reflecting on everything we have been through.  It’s crazy.”

I occasionally look at the photos and videos from that timeframe and frankly, I don’t know the answer to his question.  Some will want to invoke God’s will; some will recognize Will’s innate drive ...

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Ho-Ho Whoa!

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I don’t know if the rest of you live by silly group text messages or not but sometimes there’s a gem that just has to be shared. Our family has a “Family” group that we use to share funny things, logistics about who is where, travel status etc. It’s not really a conversation string—however, last week Isabelle sent out a serious S.O.S. to the family.

“we need to buy our Christmas presents NOW ...

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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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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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Children’s Mental Health and Telehealth

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This is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week and at Family Service Society, Inc. the majority of our clients are children and youth aged 0 to 20.  For FSSI, the mental wellness of our young clients is of primary importance because of the downstream impacts of poor mental health—lower economic achievement, lower academic achievement, relationship issues, poor physical health.

The Child Mind Institute has published its 2020 Children’s Mental Health Report: Telehealth in an Increasingly Virtual World.  There are both disturbing and hopeful ...

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Caring in 2021

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As we enter 2021 let’s learn from mistakes of 2020.

Let’s continue to wear masks, social distance and wash our hands often.

As part of my morning exercise routine at the YMCA, some days I do a virtual strength class in which once the trainer asked, ‘If you could go back to the day before and have a do over, would you? Would you improve something you had done the day before?’

I also ask each of you that question. Now that we ...

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