A Mother’s In Memoriam

Donald Stone Scheu served in the U.S. Navy during WWII, along with three of his brothers, one of whom was my paternal grandfather. My grandfather served in the Coast Guard, and in addition to sailing off the coast of south Georgia looking for submarines, he was off the coast of Normandy during D-Day. Throughout the war, my great-grandmother and great aunt Mary (not born when this picture was taken, along with Edward, the fourth son) provided the four brothers, who had been flung around the world by the armed forces, with ongoing news from the home front through the "SBI," ...
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Mission Essential

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Mission Essential: We hear that term often in the military. These are the elements without which the plan fails, objectives are missed, and lives are lost. Rations, equipment, personnel, and intelligence all fit neatly into ...
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The Ministry of Showing Up

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Lately it feels as though there is a new shooting every day in this country. It seems as though we all know someone who is affected in one way or another by violence. Several months ...
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A Key Invitation

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This is your invitation into the mother of all mom movements. One of the first ways we welcome you into the year is with a custom Giving Keys necklace. Membership is just $31.95 for the ...
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A Key Invitation

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This is your invitation into the mother of all mom movements. One of the first ways we welcome you into the year is with a custom Giving Keys necklace. Membership is just $31.95 for the ...
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The Spring of the Basketball Hoop

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This spring is The Spring of the Basketball Hoop. Aaron and I had talked about it a little bit, in the loose conversation we have on a walk, or while the boys are tearing around ...
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Setting Stories Free

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My mom dressed me in cream-colored tights and a brand new cream-colored dress for my first day of kindergarten. I whined about having to wear tights, but my mom got her way that day. It ...
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Mission Essential

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Mission Essential: We hear that term often in the military. These are the elements without which the plan fails, objectives are missed, and lives are lost. Rations, equipment, personnel, and intelligence all fit neatly into
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Know Your People

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I have kids who are huge Star Wars fans. OK, I admit I like it too. I was always fascinated by how the storm troopers marched in unison and carried out their orders just as they ...
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Know Yourself

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Susan is an amazing designer. She can walk into a room, move a few pieces of furniture, grab a picture from another room, add a plant and a lamp and make what was a basic ...
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The First Move Advantage

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There is a well-known theory in chess called the first move advantage that suggests the player who goes first is statistically positioned for the best outcome. When I first heard this, I went and found ...
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Writing Tips From the Pros: Mandy Arioto

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You've asked, so we've delivered. We've gone straight to the source to give you some of the best writer's tips around from none other than the pros. Check in all week to catch them. Mandy Arioto ...
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Find Your Fire: 2018-19 Theme

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Never let the fire go out ... When you hope, be joyful. When you suffer, be patient. When you pray, be faithful. Share with God’s people who are in need. Welcome others into your homes ...
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A Mother’s In Memoriam

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Donald Stone Scheu served in the U.S. Navy during WWII, along with three of his brothers, one of whom was my paternal grandfather. My grandfather served in the Coast Guard, and in addition to sailing ...
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Godsend Community

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May 14-20 is Mental Health Awareness week I've struggled with depression since I was 12 years old, in and out of bad spells through my parent’s divorce and some other pretty rough patches. I had ...
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Clean Breath

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May 14-20 is Mental Health Awareness week I’ve never been considered a neat person. I’ve struggled with depression since I was a child, and my way of dealing with life was simply just not dealing.  ...
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The Ministry of Showing Up

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Lately it feels as though there is a new shooting every day in this country. It seems as though we all know someone who is affected in one way or another by violence. Several months ...
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My Magenta Shoes

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In almost every way I have chosen a colorless existence. A peek inside my bedroom closet reveals a sea of black and grey resting neatly on velvety hangers. My sofa, barstools and kitchen table are ...
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Choosing Every Day

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I speak as the single mother of two pre-teens (8 year-old-boy and 12-year-old girl). I have also been a first-time mother at 20; the mother who was married to a software engineer working for Lockheed; the ...
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