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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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Jest in Time

I am reminiscing about the season of my life that Tibby and I launched a business and ministry. It was 1988 soon after her dad died and a class we took at Scottsdale Community College when the idea was born. Our mission was to help people learn how to invite more laughter and play in […]

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I must say that last year I was very successful at meeting my resolution, which was to not make any resolutions! LOL This year however is different. There are only 250 days or so until I hit a big birthday and I feel like I have some things to address as I say goodbye to […]

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Moving on.

Dear Christina, I remember when I first met you. You were a friend of Kelsey’s and you were willing to give up a week to help her as she led a mission trip with students. You were beautiful with kind eyes and an inviting smile. Since that time I have come to know you in […]

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Day 1 Nov. 1 – Every year I challenge myself with the discipline of thanksgiving and gratitude. So here I go: The Bread of Life thanked God for food. (Mt. 15:36, 37) I too am grateful for enough food to eat everyday. Day 2 Nov. 2 Jesus gave thanks for a God who listens. I […]

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Today I am thinking about perspective. Perhaps it is because of all the tragedy around me, around the world. Perhaps it is because I have stuff, relationships and a job. Perhaps it is because I am so tired of the consumer mentality in my own life. And perhaps it is because as I get older […]

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