30 People, Day 31: My Support System

Shout-Out to my online girls, my support community, my sisterhood. In all the one in four or one in ten statistics, we are the “ones.” As we walk the road of miscarriage, a hormonal disorder, and fertility struggles, I’m so grateful to have friends to walk beside who truly understand. Y’all have been a lifesaver on this journey,…

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30 People, Day 30: My Husband

Shout-Out to Brett, my handsome, long-awaited husband. There are two seasons of my life: before you, and with you. Both seasons have been rich in blessings, adventures, grief, and laughter… but I’d way rather be experiencing all of that with you than without. Waiting for you challenged my faith, grew my patience, and taught me…

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30 People, Day 29: Camp Friends, Round 2

Shout-Out to the girls who welcomed me in, became my not-just-camp-friends-but-also-lifelong-friends, and made my first year at Echo Ranch wonderful and memorable…. and the subsequent ones pretty great, too! To Courtney, who texted me nonstop for months before I came to Alaska, making me feel like I already had a friend when I arrived, and…

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30 People, Day 28: That One Guy

Shout-Out to that one guy I met at that conference that one time. I don’t even really remember your name, but I think you were from Canada…? Anyway, we chatted briefly and sat at the same table at lunch that one day, and it was pleasant. The important thing is what you looked like, because…

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30 People, Day 27: The Girl He Loved Instead

Shout-Out to her. The her of all the sad and angry lamenting love songs… the I’m-jealous-of-her, I-hate-her, why-can’t-I-be-her, what-does-he-see-in-her… yeah, that girl. A shout-out to you, because you stole his heart when I wanted it, but it wasn’t meant for me. You caused me heartache, but you saved me from it, too. That no led me to a bigger and…

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30 People, Day 26: Lisa the Encourager

Shout-Out to Lisa — coworker, friend, professional compliment-er! You taught me just as much as Alan did about camp ministry and management, as you and I worked side by side in the camp office. You, like he did, believed in me and gave me jobs that were opportunities for stretching and growth. On top of…

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30 People, Day 25: The Boss

Shout-Out to Alan, my old boss at Camp Ba Yo Ca, for taking under your wing a visionary young woman who thought she wanted to be a camp director someday. You gave me a job and an opportunity to see the world of camp management from the inside. That was huge for me. But you…

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30 People, Day 24: ‘Charleston Friends’

Shout-Out to to Amanda, Kelsey, and Alisha — if I’d just said ‘Charleston Friends,’ you would’ve known I meant you, right? Because we still can’t get together without someone saying, “Remember that time we went to Charleston?”  We are such an unlikely group of friends, I don’t know how it even happened except that God threw…

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30 People, Day 23: Bible Study Girls

Shout-Out to Sherri and the rest of the Bible study girls! { y’all know who you are } Wow — you ladies, our friendships, and our season of studying the Word together were so impactful. I marveled, looking back, because just a couple months before our group came into being, I had written a prayer…

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30 People, Day 22: Jenny

Shout-Out to Jenny: While you lived, you made everyone’s world a little brighter, and when you died, you made us realize the value of a life lived well, no matter how long. Though we had fallen out of touch in the last couple of years before your accident, you were still a friend who was…

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