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October 2018

October 2018

In October we: Got flu shots. Ellen put on a cat fashion show. (It gives a whole different meaning to the cat walk 😉 ) Cooper designed lightsabers. I volunteered to take over the school garden and am currently “in training.” I’ve gotten myself so involved with all things health related at the school that the PTA made up a position for me and I now can impressively tell people I’m the “Officer of Wellness.” (For the record, I never…

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May 2018

May 2018

I mentioned in my post about April that Noel was gone for about 1/3 of the month for work. He flew back very late on the 2nd of May and on the 3rd of May we each chaperoned a field trip. Noel went on the shorter field trip with Cooper to a local historic park. Unfortunately it was pouring rain that morning so the field trip was quite soggy, but the kids seemed to have fun anyway. I went with…

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Cooper’s Baptism

Cooper’s Baptism

I’ll do a post all about May next month, but I felt like Cooper’s baptism deserved a post of its own. Our local church is trying to only have baptisms once a month on the first Saturday. It just so happened that Cooper’s birthday was that day, so he was lucky enough to get baptized on his birthday. When my parents visited in April, my mom took some pictures of Cooper in his suit. We used the pictures for the…

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Peace on Earth

Peace on Earth

Every year I struggle to get into the Christmas spirit and I was expecting this year to be the same. Surprisingly, I’ve been in really good spirits. Now, I haven’t been overly festive or merry, my gift giving skills are sub-par as usual, and our unseasonably warm weather has not carried a particularly Christmasy vibe; however, I’ve felt the true Christmas spirit more deeply than usual this year. The small moments have made the difference this year. It was practicing…

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Healing

Healing

At the beginning of April, Noel and I dropped the kids off at school and went for what was supposed to be a quick trail run. As we ran, I got caught up in doing one of my favorite things with one of my favorite people and didn’t pay as much attention to my feet as I should have. About a mile in, I tripped and fell to the ground. I screamed out and Noel who was in the lead,…

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Easter 2017

Easter 2017

I love Easter the same way other people love Christmas. Easter is all about hope and joy and light and so often the outside world reflects that as we turn our back on the long, dark months of winter. Both the plants and our souls are revitalized. This year, Easter was especially tender. Lately, we’ve become more aware of our own mortality and our absolute need for our Savior. As we celebrated Easter our hearts swelled with gratitude for the resurrection that…

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Glenna’s Funeral

Glenna’s Funeral

“I’ve come to understand that there’s a good deal of value in the ritual accompanying death. It’s hard to say good- bye and almost impossible to accomplish this alone and ritual is the railing we hold to, all of us together, that keeps us upright and connected until the worst is past.” – William Kent Krueger, Ordinary Grace I’ll admit my attitudes on the celebrations surrounding death used to be a bit callous. When I talked about my wishes for my…

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And Then Comes Peace

And Then Comes Peace

“Death is the enemy. But the enemy has superior forces. Eventually, it wins. And in a war that you cannot win, you don’t want a general who fights to the point of total annihilation. You don’t want Custer. You want Robert E. Lee, someone who knows how to fight for territory that can be won and how to surrender it when it can’t, someone who understands that the damage is greatest if all you do is battle to the bitter…

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On Miracles

On Miracles

“And whether you believe in miracles or not, I can guarantee that you will experience one. It may not be the miracle you’ve prayed for. God probably won’t undo what’s been done. The miracle is this: that you will rise in the morning and be able to see again the startling beauty of the day.” ― William Kent Krueger, Ordinary Grace The lung center clinic Glenna went to is world-renown. Her oncologist is involved in cutting edge research on lung cancer. He…

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The Backstory

The Backstory

Before I jump into any reflective posts I think I need to set up the backstory. In true Audrey fashion, I’ve been concise, maybe too concise about everything that has transpired. It was the Saturday of our church’s fall General Conference when we found out Glenna (Noel’s mom) had lung cancer. She called Noel in between sessions of talks intended to uplift us and told him she’d gone to the ER earlier in the week because of severe neck pain….

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