Karla’s Korner – My Girl: A Lesson in Inner Strength

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A Lesson in Inner Strength My Girl: A Lesson in Inner Strength One of the greatest joys in my life is being a mother. When my daughter was born 21 years ago I found myself in the “learn as I go” mode most of the time. As a matter of fact, I still learn as I go because just when I think I have it all figured out somebody changes the game plan. Somehow we’ve managed to learn and grow together as mother and daughter. From the time she was born it was apparent that she would march to the beat of … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: Front Porch Moments

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Karla's Korner Front Porch Moments Front Porch Moments: Making the Effort to be a Front Porch friend…. So there we were riding through North Carolina recently on our way to spend a few days with our family. With my husband at the wheel I have nothing but time as we zip in and out of small towns and wind our way through miles and miles of fields full of crops; corn, cotton, soy beans and tobacco. Much of the time I am gawking out the window playing the game “Oh look at that pretty house” … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: The Geese in the Road

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Karla's Korner The Geese in the Road The Geese in the Road: Embracing Life’s Disruptions Having spent the weekend at a conference in Hampton, Virginia I found myself sitting in busy traffic watching the chaos of the city. Zipping through busy intersections trying to find our way around I was beyond thankful that my husband was behind the wheel. On our way to dinner on Saturday evening traffic came to an abrupt stop in the middle of a busy intersection. Much to our surprise the reason behind … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: Lessons in Living an Ordinary Life

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Karla's Korner The Prayer Box: Lessons in Living an Ordinary Life The Prayer Box: Lessons in Living an Ordinary Life It’s early morning; my family is sleeping soundly as I stare out the window from my usual writing spot. With ear buds spilling worship music into my ears and heart, I sip my coffee and reflect on the week’s events and the “to do” list written in my mind. There are runners, dog walkers and a few robins bouncing by my window; scenes of a simple Saturday morning in rural … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: The Hole in the Fence

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Karla's Korner: The Hole in the Fence The Hole in the Fence: Staying Focused on Life’s Journey Earlier this week while I was on the playground with my preschoolers I noticed a couple of birds frolicking around in the wooded area just beyond the fence. Several students noticed the commotion in the mulch and ran to the fence to watch. In a few quick seconds the birds were perched on the fence and then on the inside of the play area. Flying back and forth, seemingly chasing one another across … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: Embracing Change

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Embracing Change Embracing Change: Celebrating the Milestones in Our Children’s Lives It’s graduation season and social media is filled celebratory pictures. From preschool to high school parents are uploading scores of pictures to share with the world of their graduate. One picture posted this week settled deep within my soul as I studied it not for its pomp and circumstance but for what it wasn’t; it wasn’t celebratory rather random and simple. This photograph was of a young man who … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: Happiness is a Choice

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Karla's Korner: Happiness is a Choice Happiness is a Choice Throughout the past several days I have read numerous articles about happiness and joy. Carolyn Gregorie, writing contributor for The Huffington Post recently wrote that there is scientific proof that happiness is a choice. Citing that there are eight ways to take control of your own happiness, I found myself questioning her theory and wondering if it is truly possibly to choose to be happy. Posing the question to my panel of … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: Setting Goals for a Fruitful Life

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Karla's Korner: Setting Goals for a Fruitful Life Setting Goals for a Fruitful Life American author and novelist Richelle Goodrich wrote "Goals are my north star. My compass. The map that guides me along the road I wish to travel. Goals are motivations with wind in their sails - they carry me forward despite the storms." Every once in a while I come across something that sticks in my head days after I read it; this was one of those things. Searching my mind for inspiration I take a break … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: My Sister….My Friend

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Karla's Korner: My Sister….My Friend My Sister….My Friend. Once in a while, quite often when it’s least expected, we meet someone who changes our lives and makes it better. As I sit down to write this article I am not in my usual writing spot. As a matter of fact, I am 450 miles away from my comfy chair sitting on the guest room floor of my brother and sister-in-loves home. The house is quiet and the Cincinnati sky is filled with sunlight, songbirds and a cool spring breeze that comforts my … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner – Reflections: Twenty-One Years

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Reflections Reflections: Twenty-One Years She came into this world on a Friday evening weighing just eight pounds. The first sound of her voice, a wailing cry, melted her momma’s heart; she waited for that melodic sound for nine long months. Their eyes met as she was gently placed on her mommas chest; a bond had been formed that in time would be tested but would overcome any and all adversity. It was Mother’s Day weekend, a first for both, one that would be the beginning of many more … [Read more...]