Stories of Our Iron Butterflies

My Road Less Traveled

My Road Less Traveled by Nikki Abramson I have always felt like an ‘outcast.’ Different. Perhaps it was because I was a Korean adoptee or maybe it was because I have a disability. I was six months old when I was adopted from Seoul, South Korea. As infants we learn...

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Whenever You’re In Trouble

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BrVYciS-PU Sandy Sandefur was born in Canada to a mother who was not ready to understand what it was like to raise a child with Cerebral Palsy. As a result, she was put up for adoption and was adopted by her mother Jean who lived in...

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Handling Holiday Stress

By Shelley Anne Friend Years ago, I created a program called Handling Holiday Stress. It was a six-hour training session designed for teachers, but it seems just as relevant today as it did years ago. So, as a holiday gift to our Iron Butterflies Project friends, I am...

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Healing Power of Crystals

By Susan Current "Divinity exists within us, and within all living things.Through yoga, meditation, intention rituals and insight coaching, we can more fully embody this- the essence of who we are. I work to guide individuals towards creating an ever present, sacred...

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Letting Go

by Verlie Edwards It’s never easy to let someone we love, respect and admire move from our earthly home to our heavenly home, but our faith prepares us for that day. Today I had the honor to sit with a dear friend as he took the final walk to his Heavenly Home. As I...

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Words

By Brittney Wells “Don’t Worry God will take care of it.” Those were the last words my grandfather ever spoke to me. He had rushed across a parking lot after church that Sunday; gently wrapping his arms around me, he spoke those few words I so desperately needed to...

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Flygirl: Get Gutsy

Vernice Armour, AKA FlyGirl, recorded this video just for Iron Butterflies Project.  She is a world renown author and speaker and we are thrilled to have her as part of our community. After listening to her story below, check out her site: http://vernicearmour.com ...

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Fudging Awesome

By Jessica Ehrlich Healthy dessert… Sounds like an oxymoron doesn't it? Believe it or not, it's true and it's Fudging Awesome! No really, it's called Fudging Awesome. When I first stumbled upon a vague version of this recipe, it had a few "unhealthy" ingredients. I...

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A Reason To Fight

By Anna Harwin As the family scapegoat for a drunken stepfather, I knew it wasn’t safe to go home.   Too many meals missed, too many head ringing punches, too little sleep, I knew I wouldn’t survive if I couldn’t find a place to go and so, one night at the age of 12,...

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Butterfly Logo Story

Butterfly Logo Story By Shelley Anne Friend Mother's Day weekend is my favorite holiday of the year. Over the past few years we have left for a week-long business trip on Mother's Day. So, I've celebrated with my daughters the Saturday before Mother's Day.  It's...

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Butterfly Art by Laura Regan

  Laura Regan was born in Canada in 1950, and was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area from the age of three. By Kindergarten she knew she wanted to be an artist. While working on a self-portrait in crayon, she added ruby slippers onto her feet, transforming herself...

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Butterflies Everywhere Keep Me Focused

By Kathy Strain If I ever doubt that our “Iron Butterflies Project” isn’t important, I am reminded of its importance as I see the beautiful butterflies all around. I was working on editing some videos for the website and I had forgotten how to do it. I had learned at...

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Poem of Joy and Freedom

By Marianna Dydek Waite My story is one of my joy and freedom. I once lived a life based on a balance of trust along side a faint and haunting noise of mistrust. Fear and mistrust are very noisy, indeed, distracting and misleading. Love is not. Love is clear, sure and...

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