Stories of Our Iron Butterflies

Hiking in the Foothills

by Tricia StephensTen winters ago, I moved with my family into the foothills of the Rockies west of Denver, Colorado. Previously I had lived my entire life, over fifty years, in Texas in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, so moving to the mountains everything was visually...

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When Stupidity Reigned Supreme

by Verlie Edwards Changing the filter in your air conditioning unit is a simple task, right? I’ve done it so many times I should be able to do it in my sleep. Well, apparently, I was sleeping when I tackled this easy job on a recent summer evening. I must confess no...

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The Unplanned “Normal”

By Christie Oates Life is seldom what is portrayed in magazines, Pinterest and Facebook. Pregnancy is not always a quick push and 7 hours later you look like your ready for a romantic date night with your hubby. Things happen, and we are surrounded by disillusion...

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Life is Full of Ups and Downs

by Kay Lynn Means DarlingLife is so full of ups and downs, but most have lessons to be learned or knowledge to be stored. More times than not at this stage of my life it has become easier to accept change because I realize our Father in Heaven is graciously guiding my...

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Making Art Can Be Healing

by Margo McCarthy At the deepest level, the creative process and the healing process arise from a single source. When you are an artist, you are a healer; a wordless trust of the same mystery is the foundation of your work and its integrity.  Rachel Naomi Remen, MD  I...

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Gratitude is the Heart’s Memory

By Mary Groenewoud Hale I have fond memories of my iron butterfly grandmother, Cornelia Lievense Groenewoud, sitting in her chair knitting.  She was always doing something with her hands: knitting, crocheting, darning socks, or sewing.  She even made the men in our...

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The Stranger in our Home

By Caroline Kessler SalcedoOn July 19, 2018, my husband and I met a stranger and invited her to live with us. To be honest, she wasn’t the best roommate at first. She stayed up all night, was very loud and never cleaned up after herself. She left her stuff all over...

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Loving Jaxon

By Rachel FriendI don’t know if I can fully express the range of emotions I went through once I discovered my son had “special needs.” Specifically, a rare genetic disorder that would be the reason for his global developmental delays. Our journey began after we took...

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How One Health Industry Guru Finally Healed her Body

By Jessica EhrlichI have suffered from some sort of health issue or ailment for most of my life. I’ve been actively searching for answers for the last 20 years… To no avail until now.Fatigue, IBS, eczema, brain fog, and borderline hypothyroidism have almost completely...

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Asking for what you want and need

By Janet Favorite People are often surprised to hear that there is a syndrome that mimics food addiction. You may not have heard of it.  It is called Prader-Willi Syndrome. If I were to say that some people lock up food to keep it away from their children, you might...

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My Father, My Hero

By Kay Lynn Means-Darling When I think back on my life, my first thought is the need to honor my heroes…being a true Daddy’s girl, first on my list would be my father.  Oh how I wish I “would have known then what I know now.”   The extent of sacrifices he bestowed...

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Germ Bustin’ Ideas

By Jessica Ehrlich It’s flu and allergy season and it seems like errrbody been getting sick! Ain’t nobody got time fuh dat! So, whether you are already sick or just want to avoid it….Here are some killer germ busting ideas that I do, and did do this past week, when...

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Never Destined to Succeed

https://youtu.be/g-eKgNeKo-U Dr. Judith Loredo holds a Certificate of Completion from San Antonio College; a BS in the Science of Communication Disorders, an MA in Speech Pathology, and a M.ED. in Education, from Our Lady of the Lake University; and a Ph.D. from the...

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Never Make Assumptions!

By Kay Lynn Means Darling As I’ve previously written, my career choice was law enforcement, which extended to approximately 30 years. This incident recently crossed my mind so I thought I would share. During my first decade in the business, I was involved in pistol...

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It’s All for Her

By Marty Barnes In 2006 my husband and I welcomed our first and only child into the world while living in Santa Monica, California.  About one month before the due date we were rushed to the hospital where they performed an emergency cesarean.  Due to a traumatic...

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