Faith

How to Have a Sweet ’16

How to Have a Sweet ’16

by: Brandy Heckford We are more than three weeks in to 2016 and about this time every year, I reevaluate my resolutions. Instead of pledging to change my body or wallet size this year, I challenged myself to change my… Read more →
The Moon and Me

The Moon and Me

by: Brandy Heckford I see the moon and the moon sees me, Up above the tall pine trees. Shining brightly as it looks down, Nothing is hidden for miles around. Drawing me in and making me see, all of my… Read more →
Distractions

Distractions

by: Brandy Heckford In light of the approaching holiday season, many “sweet” things will be dancing around in everyone’s mind, whether those be friends, family, gifts, or the devilish delights of sweet things to eat. Halloween candy leftovers, Thanksgiving pies… Read more →
The Things We See Now Will Soon Be Gone

The Things We See Now Will Soon Be Gone

Several weeks ago my toddler son and I went to St. Louis, Missouri for a few days to spend time with extended family. St. Louis is a beautiful, historical city, and I have had family residing there since the 1800s.… Read more →
Sinking Sand

Sinking Sand

by: Brandy Heckford Like many people during the summer, my family takes an annual vacation to the beach. I absolutely love: sounds of the seagulls and waves crashing in and slowly rolling out, sight of couples holding hands taking romantic… Read more →
I Left My Baby in a Hot Car: Part 2

I Left My Baby in a Hot Car: Part 2

I Left My Baby in a Hot Car: Part 2- What Shame by Anonymous     What shame I felt in the days that followed. If only they knew what I did. If only they knew what I did. I’m… Read more →
I Left My Baby in a Hot Car: Part 1

I Left My Baby in a Hot Car: Part 1

I Left My Baby in a Hot Car: Part 1- But God by: Anonymous     “Is she dead, Mom?” I’ll remember my daughter’s question for the rest of my life. Oh, My God, My God, I killed my baby.… Read more →
Marion Emmitt Engagement Photo

Lessons from 1923

She came into and left my life in a matter of a decade, but the impact she made will last me for the rest of my life. Marion Christopher Emmitt, or “Mama E” as we called her, was my husband’s… Read more →
Facing Death

Facing Death

It was a normal Wednesday night. Homework, dinner, choir. During the normal chaos, I got a simple text that changed everything. “Kim is in the ER.” My husband called her husband. Here are the words I heard him repeat: Emergency… Read more →
He Cares about Our Bloody Paws

He Cares about Our Bloody Paws

by:  Christen Vermeulen   I love camping. It’s where I find peace, struggle, challenge, joy, and beauty in this world. It’s where all the daily pressures, technology alerts, buzzes, and texts melt away. And I love it most with my… Read more →
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