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August 26, 2009

Roberto Clemente

Lately I've been watching "This Week in Baseball" on Saturdays at noon.  I've always been a baseball fan and used to watch this show back when Mel Allen was still the host (RIP 1996).  Growing up, it was the Pittsburgh Pirates that I learned to love.  I guess that was passed down to me from my dad and grandfather who…
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March 16, 2009

Coverage

The news coverage on the theft of our church audio equipment has been pretty extensive.  It's been pretty much on every local news website after being featured on Kare 11.  Sometimes when things go wrong, you know you're doing something right.  There have been so many seemingly random things happen at church the last few months that are now beginning…
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December 29, 2008

Q.C.

I can't actually remember what I got this sticker off of.  All I know is it was an article of clothing.  That's not really the important part to me, it's not what led me to dig it back out of the trash and photograph it.  What led me to that was thinking. I was cleaning and saw that sticker and…
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December 7, 2008

Warning: Very Sad News.

To preface this, I hate to share such bad news with people, and I especially hate to post something so sad on our website -especially around Christmas time.  But it happened, and it was big in my life, and so I'm writing about it.  If you don't want sad news, just skip down to my coffee story, it was pretty…
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October 30, 2008

Abandoned Teens

This constantly updating story breaks my heart - teenagers being abandoned at hospitals in Nebraska legally because of their poorly worded safe-haven law.  Another one was left this week at a hospital in Omaha... the 24th since September 1st.  Nebraskan lawmakers are set to fix their mistake on November 14th.  Can you imagine making a mistake like that and being…
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September 30, 2008

Oh my God

I still replace God with gosh... I just don't like saying "oh my God." Most people call it "taking the Lord's name in vain" - breaking one of the ten commandments. While I don't like it or say it, I don't believe that's the meaning of the commandment. I think one of the ways we take His name in vain…
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August 28, 2008

A Little Wave

Matt, my mom, and I all visited the Crystal Cathedral when we were in California back in May.  There were many statues of people from the Bible (and of course I'm always curious as to how they come to look a certain way when we know so little about their looks. Isn't that funny? Most books describe the physical appearance…
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August 13, 2008

Eerie Answer to Prayer

Okay, so this was a very strange event. Yesterday I was jogging -just a quick two miles. It leads me up a hill near a wooded area. I began to think, and please don't ask what prompted it, about people who have murdered other people. Okay, maybe it's because on one side of the road is this thick wooded area…
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June 12, 2008

Sliding Doors

I am in no way recommending the movie (Starring Gweneth Paltrow), because it has to many "cringe" factors to recommend to anyone -however I have seen it and had a day, or night, similar to it. In the movie they show her living two parallel lives. One is the life she has -having just missed the subway home (the door…
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June 5, 2008

Hope in the Future

This isn't it- the limit of hope- or anything but it has admittedly given me some reason for hope. The cup being held by the littlest girl in the photo (Caroline -who you'll be glad to know is no longer bald) is the very same cup in the other photo. The first picture is from three and a half years…
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May 29, 2008

Purpose

"For I know the plans I have for you... plans to prosper you and not to harm you... plans to give you a hope and a future." This verse from Jeremiah was my dad's favorite scripture. Looking back over some of his writings, I can see how much this verse impacted his life.  He believed that God had given him…
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March 24, 2008

Easter

Easter had begun to be a tradition with me and my Grandma, and whoever else would be there that year.  For many years (since my mom moved to California) this was the time I'd go to Hibbing, decorate eggs, staining my poor fingers for days, eat more than I should, and just generally enjoy the tradition -especially the egg cracking contest,…
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March 10, 2008

Medisin

Okay, so here's something interesting I've been learning in the hospitals I've worked in. Medicine and Ministry are a lot alike. We're taught, in the medical field, how absolutely important cleanliness and sterility are. We're taught how the body works and how to teach others to keep theirs working in the best health they can. We strive to help others…
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February 27, 2008

New Bridge

The new I-35 bridge is on pace to open at the end of this year. Driving by it everyday is both fascinating and frustrating. It's amazing to see the 'round the clock effort to build the bridge and the visible progress on a daily basis. The frustrating part is alternative routes offered to fill the void. There's a bridge by…
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November 20, 2007

My Name in Vain

I was nannying yesterday and I heard the oldest girl, Madeline, telling her younger sister (Caroline) that if she didn't do something then Jill was going too... fill in the blank. As they played in their room I continued to hear them threaten each other with, "Jill says if you do this..." or "Jill won't like it if you..." They…
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August 3, 2007

Poinsettia Down

A few years ago I was at a Christmas party with Matt's coworkers. There were free poinsettias given away and I grabbed one with white leaves, or petals... what are those things anyway? Is it actually a flower? I've never been very into poinsettias in general, but a free plant was a nice offer and it would give me something…
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