Posts Tagged ‘family’

When a Friend Seeks Divorce

When a Friend Seeks Divorce

Divorce is just part of life today. The sentiment is common. It seems as if divorce can’t be avoided. Affairs occur in 50% of marriages, and children are talked about as being resilient. They’ll get over it. But why should they have to? Why should their security be shaken, their foundations be built on sand rather…

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A Family Forever Changed

Empty chair and table - Single Mom A Family Forever Changed

I know it’s the right thing, in fact it’s a Good thing, and I know there are many friends who would love to send their sons or daughters off to college and just cannot for one reason or another. Maybe the child doesn’t have the grades or the motivation. Maybe finances prevent a child from…

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6 Weeks to Let Go of My Child…

single mom B&W Class of 2015 Graduation picture

I have six weeks to let go of my child. It’s not quite as dramatic as that sounds, but in my little corner of the world, it kinda is. You see, my first son will be off to college then, and the thought has put me in a melancholy kinda mood as I write this. In fact,…

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Strength for the Divorced & Hurting Psalm 23

Big Horn Sheep

I often post about the Sunday’s Gospel Bible reading on Monday morning, but this week’s readings were so intent and struck me so hard, each offering something for so many families of divorce and in crisis, that I wanted to devote a day to each. This is Sunday’s Responsorial Psalm. It has long been one of…

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How I Chose My Name – Strahlen Smith

German tudor house

Last week was my Grandmother’s birthday. She was a wonderful woman with a smile that shone through even some of incredibly difficult times. She moved to America from her beloved but increasingly hostile Germany as a tiny 3 year old. I don’t know much about the struggles this young German woman faced growing up here,…

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