Karla’s Korner: Being Thankful When Times are Tough


Being Thankful When Times are Tough Being Thankful When Times are Tough…. It’s November and that means everybody is posting “I am thankful for ____________” on Facebook. It seems that the minute November 1 rolls around we are all ready to proclaim just how wonderful our lives are and how thankful we are for even the little things. Last year I wrote about being thankful and professed that I was going to be different and write a thankful post every day for an entire year; that didn't ...

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Karla’s Korner: Learning to Love and not Hate


Learning to Love and not Hate…… On Thursday morning I saw this posted on Planting Peace’s Facebook page and immediately shared it on my own. Throughout the day I thought of the words on this picture and just how true they are. In the past several months there have been numerous tragic events involving school and workplace shootings, kidnappings, killings, suicides as a result of bullying and much more. Each time I hear of these situations my heart aches for the families of all involved. As ...

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Karla’s Korner: Big Kids


Big Kids…. It’s the day after my birthday, my husband is away on a golf outing with old college friends (no, I’m not angry that he missed my birthday), my son is in his room playing a video game online with a friend and my daughter and her girlfriend are tucked away in the basement studying their brains out and writing papers for college. My house is full for a change and I am a happy momma. When my daughter left for college in 2011 I felt that my heart would break into a million pieces. The ...

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Karla’s Korner: Ten Things I’ve Learned in 46 Years


Ten Things I've Learned in 46 Years…. It’s my birthday week and along with that for me comes reflections not only on the number of years I have been on this earth but on the important things I have learned over those years. On Friday I will turn 46. I’ve never really been bothered by the number of candles on my birthday cake but for some reason this year seems to be just a bit bothersome. Maybe because I am inching closer to 50 or because it seems that life seems to be zipping by quicker these ...

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Karla’s Korner: Teamwork and Appreciation


Teamwork and Appreciation…. It’s Friday evening, I am tired from a busy week filled with everyday obligations, work, Bible study, church meetings and more and all I really want to do is sit down and rest; better yet just go to bed. I know, however, if I stop and rest I will still have my weekly chores, including laundry on Saturday, the only day we will have to spend together without obligation as a family. My husband, however, wants me to stay with him on the sofa and spend the evening ...

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Karla’s Korner: Finding Peace


Finding Peace… After spending nearly two hours trying to come up with a topic for this week I was ready to give up and call it a day. I was considering sending the boss an email and letting her know that my brain was on overload and that I just couldn't write this week. The prior week had delivered a few surprises, a lot of work and a flare up of fall allergies that left me feeling out of sorts and a bit unsettled. As I prepared to give up I scrolled down through my Facebook newsfeed and ...

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Karla’s Korner: Celebrating The Journey


Celebrating The Journey…. Twenty five years ago today I went to work and then to my boyfriend David’s house to fix dinner and spend the evening with him; something we had done several times a week for five months. We spent a lot of evenings cooking dinner together, hanging out in his basement shooting pool or sitting outside on the back patio watching the wildlife and enjoying each other’s company. Our lives were relatively simple and we liked it that way. As I stood at the stove stirring a pot ...

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Karla’s Korner: Lessons from a Squirrel


Lessons from a Squirrel… Sitting down to write this week there is heaviness in the air with a fine misty rain falling from the sky. The first signs of fall have arrived along with a cool crispness in the morning air. I absolutely love this time of year. I find myself spending a few extra minutes outside on the playground with my preschoolers, taking the long way back through the memory garden to our classroom pointing out the new colors of fall on the trees. Another sign that fall is upon us is ...

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Karla’s Korner: Blending Families, Making Memories and Finding Purpose


Blending Families, Making Memories and Finding Purpose This week my husband and I traveled to a small lakeside community in Ohio to celebrate his brother’s wedding. We had heard so much about the Huron, Ohio community and the small town charm but wasn't sure what to expect. Initially our plan was to stay in a local hotel and hopefully spend time with extended family at some point during the weekend. After receiving an email inviting us to share a lake house together we cancelled our ...

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Karla’s Korner: My Little Hero


My Little Hero…. December 6, 2010 was just an ordinary day for me; it was a Friday. I woke that morning, muddled through my normal weekday routine which included checking Facebook and email. I noticed a friend had posted a prayer request for her little three year old granddaughter Sophie. She had been taken to the hospital with severe abdominal pain. As I whispered a little prayer I was sure it was something simple; after all she was three and in perfect health. By the end of the day the news ...

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