What Does It Mean to be the Salt of the Earth?

My favorite grocery store has an incredible variety of salt. There’s your ordinary sea salt but then there’s amazing varieties I’d never seen before. Pink sea salt from the Himalayas. Black sea salt from Hawaii. A strange pearly-looking variety from India. There are even some smoked and flavored varieties. It’s […]

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An Unexpected Blessing

“I’m from Child Protective Services.” I stared back at her in dumbfounded shock for a moment. Quickly, confusion yielded to chaos. Waves of emotion flooded over me, dragging me down into instant despair. As uncontrollable sobs wracked my body, I doubled over and nearly collapsed in the doorway. Each labored […]

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The Clutter of a Lifetime

We have a gorgeous kitchen in our rental home. In fact, the kitchen is one of the main reasons why we rented the home in the first place. After years of living in homes with small kitchens that offered very little space to cook or entertain, I fell in love […]

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What If We Weren’t Afraid to Be Real?

Maybe it’s just something that happens to a mom who wakes up one morning and realizes she’s tired. Physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually tired. Tired of failing. Tired of trying. Tired of pretending. Tired of seeking perfection, only to always fall short of the impossible goal. Maybe it’s just something that […]

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Discovering Our Family Myth

This is another segment of an ongoing series about my recent family estrangement. If you haven’t already, please read the previous posts in this series before continuing: (1) The Real Definition of Family, (2) The Moment That Changed Everything and (3) The Silence Before the Storm. “Nikki, we love you and always […]

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The Silence Before the Storm

This is part three of an ongoing series about my recent family estrangement. If you haven’t already, please read Part One (“The Real Definition of Family”) and Part Two (“The Moment that Changed Everything”) before you continue. Thanks! Silence. During my grandmother’s attack, my grandfather was completely silent. There was […]

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The Moment That Changed Everything

Yesterday, I published the first post of a series discussing my recent family estrangement. If you haven’t already, please read Part One before you continue. Many thanks! “I don’t know how to tell you this,” my sweet husband whispered, his expression pained. I had only been home from the hospital […]

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