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Grief and Loss

How we find love after loss

“I would like to be adopted someday,” she says to me as we walk through a cow pasture in rural Mexico. The girl, who lives in a group home with 25 other foster kids, hopes to be adopted by the house parents who started the home, but Mexico’s laws make adoption difficult. She is eight and […] Read more…

When life doesn’t turn out like you planned

“When you were a girl, how many kids did you want?” My daughter asks this question one night before bed. “Four” I say.  “I always wanted four.” “But you didn’t get four, you only got two,” she says. “You don’t always get what you want in life,” I reply. I don’t tell her about the years […] Read more…

Lessons on Grief: Why Sheryl Sandberg’s commencement speech matters

Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer at Facebook and author of Lean In gave the commencement speech at the University of California at Berkley last week, chronicling the lessons she’s learned since her husband, Dave, died a year ago. As someone who’s only followed Sandberg since her Facebook post on grief last year, her words resonated with me. Her lessons […] Read more…

How to find the beauty in our brokenness

I find the broken planter when the snowdrifts melt on my back porch, leaving behind puddles and mud. Large cracks reveal an orange eyesore on the side. I turn it over to see if the other side looks any better, but it is cracked through on both sides. Studying it to see whether I can […] Read more…