Awkwardly standing in the neonatal intensive care unit, I wasn’t sure what to do with my hands. I always feel too big for my body when I’m uncomfortable in my surroundings. Forgetting myself was easy, though, when my husband and I were introduced to our soon-to-be adopted daughter. Born the morning prior by emergency C-section, […]
According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS), over 1.5 million nonprofits are registered in the United States. One and a half million! Based on 2014 population statistics, that equals roughly one nonprofit for every 212 people living in this country. While the purpose of these organizations range from fiscal to philanthropic to fraternity, most […]
All of our emotions – even the seemingly negative ones – have a point of “optimum health” that make them useful for a well-balanced, fulfilling life. Stress, for instance, can motivate us to complete a task. In fact, some people say they do their best work when under the threat of a strict deadline. However, […]
Do you ever feel as though you go through the same motions every day? I know I do. At the same time each morning, my alarm goes off and the routine begins. Shower, make-up (applied in the same order), breakfast (the same foods as the day before), pack a lunch (leftovers from the night before), and […]
I am currently reading the book One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. Doing so has challenged me to think a lot about gratefulness and how thanksgiving strengthens our relationship with God and helps us open our spiritual eyes to the art of seeing the beauty that is all around us. This has been a nice reminder […]
Getting hurt by others is a part of living and loving. Nobody is perfect, and at one point or another, somebody else’s imperfection is going to swing in your direction. Interpersonal pain has the potential to be the most excruciating type of pain out there, and it’s easy to dwell on the wrongs others have committed against […]
Confession: I don’t usually think in advance. Today, I went to a training on forgiveness led by a Stanford professor, and I didn’t bring a notebook. I thought the hosting facility would at least hand out an agenda that I could flip around and write on the back, but no such luck. Instead, I spent the […]
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According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH),...
Awkwardly standing in the neonatal intensive care unit, I...
Last month, my husband and I adopted an infant. She’s...