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Sweet… 15? What Will Come Next?

Sweet… 15? What Will Come Next?

People around the world have a different idea about when and how to celebrate birthdays. All birthdays are important; no one will deny. It’s more than just another year of life to count. In Brazil, for example, if you allow me sharing some cultural information here, one date in particular is more important than others in the life of a girl. Turning 15 is a dream to come true! Differently from what ...[Read More]

BEST DAY Ever: Number 2673

BEST DAY Ever: Number 2673

I am such a wimp. Seriously. Who knew I’d be living in The Last Frontier, embracing and relishing the cold and snow and doing things like flying four-wheelers down a narrow, bumpy, muddy trail through moose and bear country, then pausing said wild ride to pick blueberries on the trail with my fellow female trailblazers. If you had told me I’d hold fairly limited qualms regarding the use of h ...[Read More]

Throwing Stones and Roasting Pigs: The Art of Letting Go

Throwing Stones and Roasting Pigs: The Art of Letting Go

I live in a pretty incredible place. Who am I kidding? Alaska is STUNNING. No day is identical, and every day has the potential to be an adventure. The wildlife is crazy impressive. (Round of applause for no snakes or roaches!) Our summer sun never sets, and we’ve got mountains and glaciers and islands and rivers and ocean and volcanoes. And did I mention our lovely June and July temps? Who doesn’ ...[Read More]

Super Friends

Super Friends

Are you aware that June 8th is National Best Friend Day? It’s a real thing, y’all, although I’ve never seen a Hallmark card to celebrate it. Have you? No matter. Never pass up an opportunity to throw a shindig! Grab your favorite Betty Crocker cake mix and icing and a tub of Cookies and Cream and have at it. I think we should take advantage of this obscure national holiday to chat about best frien ...[Read More]

No Tree is Taking My Place in the Choir

No Tree is Taking My Place in the Choir

“Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; and let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.” Let the sea roar, and all it contains; let the field exult, and all that is in it. Then the trees of the forest will sing for joy before the Lord; for He is coming to judge the earth. I give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His lovingkindness is everlasting.” 1 Chronicles 16: 31-34 I’ ...[Read More]

No More Excuses, Y’all

No More Excuses, Y’all

Ain’t nobody got time for a wreck. Slow it down. I discovered this small slice of practical advice plastered on every electronic safety billboard hovering over this stretch of interstate in Tennessee. I’d love to shake the hand of the person who typed that little nugget of truth into the state system. Bravo, my friend. Your humor is on point. My family of four is currently 1,000 miles into a 6,700 ...[Read More]

To the Invisible Good Girl:

To the Invisible Good Girl:

This is for the you no one sees. The one who’s been doing the right thing. Over and over. And over. And over again. This is for the weary girl. This is for the girl who wonders if there’s any point … Is there a point in not cheating? No one ever seems to get caught. Is there are point in not gossiping? The ones who do it best seem to be right at the top of popularity pile half the time. Is t ...[Read More]

Thankful For Ciera – a Girl Who Made a Difference

Thankful For Ciera – a Girl Who Made a Difference

Contributor: Sara Carmichael, 26 (Sara on the left, Ciera on the right of picture) On October 26, 2015 at 6:02 pm, Ciera went Home to be with the Lord. She was 23. The mere sentence steals my breath and makes my heart squeeze. I’ve only written it, or said it out loud a handful of times. It’s too painful. Ciera won her battle with cancer. She won an amazing life in the arms of Jesus ...[Read More]

Aiming For Joy

Aiming For Joy

“You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy.” Psalm 16:11 If you stopped teenage girls on a busy street of a city like New York and asked them what they want the most in life, you would probably get the same answer from most of them: “I want to be happy.” It’s interesting that I have not yet encountered one that said that she wanted to live a miserable, bitter life, ful ...[Read More]

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