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So I finally found a copy of a letter I wrote to myself quite a long time ago. Now I am 60 so it is interesting to compare how life IS versus what I imagined and hoped it would be. Dear 60 year old Miriam (2019), If you are reading this, you have managed to […]

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Hey Jim! … So yesterday our son told me he is interested in vocational ministry. I must admit that I find that daunting and I am not sure why. Perhaps it is because I can see how things have changed or because I have become a bit jaded. Maybe it is because I have seen […]

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So I was asked to share about John.  That is really difficult because most of you know him better and longer than I and are much more capable. I thought about just “winging it” or starting 10 minutes late, in “John fashion” but I am not that good! I met John when we moved back […]

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I remember the day you got married. It was so fun and an honor to be there! There are not many who make it to 40 years; but even more there are not many who make it so well, so strong, so beautifully as you have. Here are some of my memories (narrowed down to […]

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So in the seventies I met this amazing woman who would become the wife of Jim’s best friend and then she became my best friend! The 4 of us became family, in the best way possible, as we have traveled together, shared meals, raised kids, cried and laughed in a million ways. And I hope […]

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Lauren When I think of you I think of a total messy (in a good way) kind of life that is ripped at the edges and colorfully spray painted with African rhythm in the background . There are purses and shoes that always fit and carry all the things. You are loud and brave and […]

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Four is the year of flowers and fruit! And that will hopefully be the story of the rest of your lives! As you continue to cultivate the soil of your marriage and care for the seeds planted, I pray that you will continue to weed regularly, getting rid of the bitterness and roots that will […]

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The first time I met you was at Disneyland and you were enthusiastically greeting my daughter! I had seen you prior to that because you were in Emily’s class at church, but that was my first official introduction to you.  Then when you came on staff as a lead, you seemed so young (and you […]

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This year the theme for Women’s day is “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change” Let’s! In honor of International Women’s Day, I want to toss some gratitude toward many examples of fierce, brave, intelligent and compassionate women in my life. Collectively they have blazed the trail, created role models, challenged the status quo, caused […]

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Never a Shadow

Today is Ground Hog Day. It is also Tim Hummel’s Birthday and the Appleton’s Anniversary. Emily Beth Elwood was born this morning, And on the high church calendar it is Candlemas Day. Most of the time Punxatawny Phil is wrong in his prediction about the weather and the seasons changing. But I had a thought […]

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