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Shannon Mashinchi
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Dear Future Self...
Dear Future Self, I see you. Right now I am feeling that sometimes life can be a challenge. When looking back on this time, I know that you have so many conflicting feelings. There was sadness, anger, frustration. There was sorrow, annoyance, but also the b...
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Broken hearts and angel wings
Today, seven years ago, my Grandfather died. R'Dean Smith, a strong man in his 90's, had, what we believe to be, a massive stroke. My Grampa was one of Javad's biggest cheerleaders. He and my Grama would sit with Javad during long hospitalizations, singing ...
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Like a Leaf Floating in the Wind
Walking down the trail, a sliver of light cutting through the dark trees throwing shadows onto the trail. One step in front of another, slowly gathering speed and strength, walking around the shadows, stepping into the light. Forest wildlife scampering in f...
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Leap of Faith
“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, she turned into a butterfly.” – Proverb Today I went on a hike. It was my first hike in quite awhile and it felt great to be outside, light breeze blowing and crisp temperatures. Pulling my boots on f...
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Grabbing teardrops from the sky
Being the parent of a medically fragile child can be like riding a roller coaster with a blindfold on. As you are riding along, the breeze flowing through your hair, all of the sudden you are rocketing downward, screaming, body flying and being jostled from...
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An Unexpected Birthday
My sweet giraffe boy just celebrated his 16th birthday. Although Javad shook his head "no" every time I asked if it was his birthday, I assured him that it was indeed his day since I had been present sixteen years earlier for that ever so epic day. When I t...
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Where everyone knows your name...
Yesterday my sweet giraffe boy was released from the hospital. He was admitted a week ago Friday with pneumonia in both lungs. It had already been a rough week. He had been wracked with fever and overwhelming amount of secretions. I won't go into the finer ...
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Tears of ash falling from the sky...
I have been silent this last few weeks. The last weeks have been filled with lots of feelings. In our small MTM community, we have been devastated by more loss. Another sweet boy has gained his wings, sending his sweet soul to run, play and eat ice cream on...
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Total Eclipse...
Today was a Solar Eclipse and, in many parts of Oregon, we experienced either totality or near totality. It was a pretty amazing experience. At 9:00am, my friend and I set up camp in my front yard and waited with our glasses on for the eclipse. As the moon ...
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I wear my sunglasses at night...
I recently got new sunglasses. They are prescription glasses so I can wear them while driving or doing other activities and still be able to see clearly. Sometimes, when I have stopped somewhere, I find that I am still wearing my sunglasses and, because I c...
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