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    Luke 15:2

    “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”   Hallelujah! If there is one verse I need to hear this Lent season, it is this one. I know how hard on myself I can be. As one in the flesh, I know I fail my God. I know that no matter how hard I try I will continue to mess up. I can’t imagine how hard it was for our God to watch his son be crucified. I can’t even watch a clip out here of the scene without breaking down. I think about my baby girl. The love I have for her as a Mom is indescribable. I fail…

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    Hope For Joey! Fundraiser

    Hope for Joey Fundraiser Hat  Joey’s Story Hope for Joey (from Mom’s page): Won’t you please take a moment and read Joey’s story.  We think you will then understand why we covet your donations to our running team for the JDRF, the leading organization in T1D research.  We will be running the 8k (as a family) and the marathon (without the kids) because we want to help the JDRF prevent, better treat and eventually cure T1D. Please read and share Joey’s story and we appreciate your consideration for financial support as well… This past September, 2018, marked 6 years since Joey was diagnosed with T1D…6 years ago…when we knew something…

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    Leap of Faith

    “Allow your passion to become your purpose, and it will one day become your profession.” – Anonymous Here goes… Sometimes in life, you just have to go for it. Yes, I left the industry and I can’t thank everyone who has called to check on me enough. I will return every call as soon as I can. With my experience in education, curriculum development, sales, marketing, healthcare – you name it, I wanted to do something that I feel is truly making a difference. Please ask me about my wellness business. I’d love to grow alongside you. I believe we are all here to make it through this life together.…

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    Girls Weekend

    “A friend is someone who knows everything about your life and still loves you.” – Unknown What a perfect weekend relaxing and exploring with my dear friend, Jamie. There was so much catching up to do! I can’t thank Jamie enough for always being there for me – always! Friday night I pulled up to the most adorable cottage on the side of the Blue Ridge Parkway. It looked just like the cottage out of the movie, The Holiday. It’s my absolute favorite holiday movie and the Blue Ridge is my favorite little getaway to de-stress. I can’t thank Jamie enough for setting it up. We spent the weekend laughing…

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    Granny’s Letters

    In honor of International Women’s Day, I have to write about my Grandmother. I mention her throughout my blog. She was a woman before her time, very independent. She had her own beauty salon, taught teenagers just like me and my sister, and traveled with me and my sister alone. I can’t put into words how much she means to me.  She also loved growing her own food, teaching us how to pickle, jam and make homemade ice cream. There were many hours spent on the front porch snapping beans and planting flowers too. Some of my fondest memories were of her just simply swinging with us and talking about…

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    Love IS the Answer

    Ellie and I have been creating something special, at least something special to us.  When I started this blog, Love IS the Answer, I wasn’t sure the direction it was going to take. At first, I used it as an outlet for healing. Life is tough and we all go through major life changes that take a toll on us mentally, physically and emotionally. These experiences really test our strength to the core. I must say that I am so proud of myself and of my daughter for getting to the place where we are today. My closest friends know what we’ve been through and to those people in my…

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    Hell at Hinnom Valley

    Hell at Hinnom Valley   I loved listening to my Dad talk about scripture growing up so I’d like to share a story that he shared with me. He’s always open for discussing anything biblical and people are just drawn to his passion. I’ve seen him get through some of the toughest of times. I can not explain how incredible it felt to have so much loving support from friends and family to help our family get through all of the hard times we’ve faced as a family… cancer treatments, stem cell transplant, anxiety, depression, medical bills, birth defects, premature babies, divorces, tough relationships, the list goes on, probably much like…

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    Celebrate Life this week

    My family celebrated life twice this week, my nephew’s 3rd birthday and the Anniversary of my Dad’s release from Duke Medical Center. Happy Birthday sweet Ryland! He’s so very special to my family – I love being an aunt. Clifton Ryland was named after my Dad so he holds a special place in the family, not to mention, he’s the only other male aside from my Dad and brother. There are a lot of women in this family. Grateful for Science and Technology: Ryland was born with a bicuspid aortic valve, but my brother and sister-in-law wouldn’t have known if he wasn’t born prematurely. He was experiencing complications and had…