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Do You Believe in “True Love”?

Do You Believe in “True Love”?

By K.A. It’s particularly in February - right around Valentine’s Day - that people are reminded, once again, of the phrase “true love”. For many people, true love is something mentioned only in fairy tales or in the movies. They might convince themselves that...

Happy Valentines Day, My Love

Happy Valentines Day, My Love

Even though it's nearly Valentine's Day, I have my daughter's Christmas card up on our counter. I can't remember how she came up with the message, but it really struck me. It says: "You can never get love. You need to give love to feel love." Such a good reminder. In...

One Thing You Can Do Every Morning to Make Your Life Better

One Thing You Can Do Every Morning to Make Your Life Better

When I started college, my sister shared a poem with me. Just as life was getting busy with classes, grades, projects, labs, clubs, and making ends meet, that poem anchored me. And as life progressed - work, marriage, kids - the poem anchored me.The Difference I got...

Dealing with Death and Grief

Dealing with Death and Grief

By Michael Yakawich As we journey through life, our paths are crossed, created, and joined with that of others—people who raise us, inspire us, and help us discover who we are along the way. It is also natural that we experience the loss of these treasured people in...

A Family Farm Trip to Offer 2020 to God

A Family Farm Trip to Offer 2020 to God

By Nathan Breland Our son stepped out of the car to the sound of chickens clucking and goats bleating. From that moment to the end of our trip, he ran – exhilarated and non-stop - through White Lotus Farms of Port Ludlow, WA. It was a quaint little destination that...

Potty and Perfection

Potty and Perfection

My son is in the middle of potty training. He is getting pretty close to achieving “fully trained” status, but not quite at 100%. We started with the discussion about becoming a “big boy,” put away the diapers, replaced them with cool superhero and dinosaur underwear,...

Our 2-Year-Old Thanksgiving Gift that Keeps on Giving

Our 2-Year-Old Thanksgiving Gift that Keeps on Giving

By Nathan Breland  Who knew how this little curly-haired bundle of joy could have had such an impact on me and my wife? He surely has. And it was even more fitting that he made his appearance on Thanksgiving Eve, right in time for Thanksgiving, because he has truly...

To My Thanksgiving Baby

To My Thanksgiving Baby

By Maruko Breland My dearest son, You came into our lives the morning of the day before Thanksgiving. You decided to come a week early, and I said to your father, “Well, we’ll have a lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving!” Every Thanksgiving is a reminder of that...

Love at 90

Love at 90

By K.T. A lot of people muse about what “true love” is. I’ve recently been witness to it, in a very personal way. My mom, who just turned 90 in August, broke her femur last week. This required surgery and being put into a convalescent facility (thankfully just minutes...

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