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heather blair
writer at joyfulchallenge - #findingjoy after #childloss
writer at joyfulchallenge - #findingjoy after #childloss
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Protect your Balloons
My mother has battled depression for many years.  For any one who faces this demon, my heart goes out to you for your bravery in battling each day. I say it is a battle because I've watched her fighting.  It is tangible, physical.  Some days it is an uphill...

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Choices
According to multiple sources online, the average adult makes over 35,000 choices a day.  That number seems unreal to me. Thinking through my typical day... Will I get up immediately or hit snooze?  Shower or no?  Curly or straight?  Dress up or down?  Shou...

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Where's your Focus?
My husband's simple prayer at dinner one night this week nearly brought me to my knees. We were both struggling with back pain, though for different reasons.  I've been blessed to not really have back issues until the past month or so.  It has been one of t...

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Terrific Twos
Last weekend, we had the pleasure of keeping my nephew, Eli.  He was good as gold but I forgot how exhausting caring for a toddler can be!  Maybe that's why it has taken me a week to recap our adventures. We weren't sure how he would do, never having spent ...

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As for me and my house...
In some ways, 15 years seems so long ago.  In others, it seems like just yesterday. I can vividly remember pulling into the subdivision of our soon-to-be home for the first time, with our excited boys in the backseat.  They eagerly bounced into the empty ro...

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Forever Young
Noah catches me staring at him often.  And sometimes sneaking pictures. But I still can't believe my boy has gone from baby to grown in the blink of an eye. I wish someone told me how fast time flies.   Like really told me .  Life goes by so much quicker th...

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Keep on the Sunny Side
It's the middle of February and we're having a heat wave.  Trees budding, plants blooming, and birds chirping to announce spring is here.  Maybe... By this evening our temperature will drop from a near record 80 to mid 30s.  With a change that drastic, stor...

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Love is...
Valentine's Day. The ultimate opportunity for comparisons and gauging the level of love in one's relationship. Was the gift big enough?  Did it surprise?  Better than a friend's online or the next desk over? Did they remember at all?   I'm sure many ended t...

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Temporary Home
Catching the last few lines of a popular song by Carrie Underwood the other day brought me back to saying goodbye to my Grandpa in the hospital, many years ago. While it was difficult to let him go, and I still miss him to this day, we'd watched him suffer ...

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Joy in Pain?
When pain is present it tries to take over everything.  Priorities shift without your consent.  Focus is lost. Panic spreads. Fear invades.  Pain is controlling, isolating, debilitating. My poor hubby is still battling lots of pain and little answers.  He's...
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