The Stories My Mom Shared With Me

by Julie Thompson My mom retired after 35 years of being an elementary teacher. As she was ending her teaching career, I was beginning mine. I loved sharing teaching stories with my mom. She could relate to what I was going through, and on those really tough days and weeks,...

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55 Years Without a Mother

Fifty-five years. Double nickels. This event fifty-five years ago set me on the course to my destination, the Motherless Daughters Ministry. I was just jumping into the great unknown, because it never came into my mind that I would do this someday. Why would it? My biggest cheerleader and supporter...

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Mirror Image

by Dottie Menkhaus Occasionally I will take a moment and stare at myself in a mirror and smile. It has nothing to do with vanity. Sometimes when I catch a glimpse of myself in a mirror, I see my mother. As time marches on, I start to see the same...

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Motivation

By Marisa Saenz “How can you be so bold to help others when you have so many issues yourself?”, says the critical voice inside my head. Lately, I have had a difficult time with motivation. Whenever I start a project, whether it’s going to the store, reading of favorite book,...

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A Mother’s Gentle Wisdom

By Dottie Menkhaus Certain days of the year— such as birthdays, anniversaries, and Mother’s Day—are difficult after the loss of your mother. The date on the calendar triggers a tidal wave of memory and emotion. March 24 is when my Mom passed away from breast cancer at the young age...

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Where Can I Go?

By Gladys Bell I was never looking to become a pastor’s wife. That was not my chosen pathway. However, it was the pathway my future husband chose, so it became my future as well. But where can I go with this pain? The hurt? The anger? As a pastor’s wife...

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The Voice That I Miss The Most

By: Julie Thompson It’s been 10 years since I’ve heard her voice. A voice that consistently spoke words of love and encouragement into my life. A voice that I didn’t realize how much I would miss until I couldn’t hear it anymore. 10 years later, I’m still learning how to...

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Anniversary – It’s Just Another Day, Right?

By: Marisa Saenz (Guest Blogger) Well, here I am again. Three more days, and it will be the anniversary. I think I am doing a great job at pretending everything is okay. Why not? It’s year five for me. (Not that I’m counting.) The fact that I am getting “weepy”...

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Butterfly

By: Beth Corbley (Guest Blogger) “I MADE MY FAVORITE THING FOR DINNER TONIGHT … A RESERVATION.” SALLY ANN CORBLEY, AKA, THE GENERAL It was Saturday August 22nd, 2015, around 9am. Her breathe was shallow and I knew her time was about to come. Sitting next to her elevated hospital bed...

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Getting Rid of the Roots

By: Pam C. (Guest Blogger) Healing is a process. When one suffers trauma, such as from mother loss at a young age, or any age for that matter, seeds are sown and roots grow and take hold. Until recently, I was unaware that much of my present day hang ups...

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