Karla’s Korner: Ordinary Miracles of Life

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Ordinary Miracles of Life Embracing the Ordinary Miracles of Life…. Hans Christian Andersen wrote “The whole world is a series of miracles, but we're so used to them we call them ordinary things.” Born in 1805, I am certain that Andersen’s every day ordinary things were quite different than those we have today, however, ordinary for him none the less. Thinking about the many ordinary things that occur every day in my own world I am reminded that quite often the ordinary is not ordinary at … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: On Being Positive

Being Positive

On Being Positive On Being Positive: Turning I can’t into I can…. He was just a normal middle school boy full of energy and mischief; his red hair adding to his unique country boy personality. His name is Bruce. Life for him, for all of us was pretty normal; as normal as life could be in a small farming community in rural Virginia. Summers were spent working on the farm with our families. Vacations were few and far between, because farm life never stops. The cows still produce milk, the … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: The Importance of Persistence

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The Importance of Persistence The Importance of Persistence…. It’s March and that means it is a pretty serious time for college basketball. Being the parent of a college student I find myself drawn to games that involve my daughter’s college team but do not really follow college sports as closely as my husband or other family and friends do. As those around me pick their favorites, fill out brackets and sneak peeks at smart phones, televisions or games streamed online during the middle of … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: Facing Life’s Obstacles

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Facing Life’s Obstacles Facing Life’s Obstacles: Lessons Learned From a Little Girl…. Every afternoon around 4:30 p.m. she begins her ritual. Always dressed in pink workout gear, sneakers and a headset, and her long black hair falling loosely down her back she runs up and down the hill by my house time after time. This ritual began many months ago; first just a few trips up and back and now many more. By the looks of it she will continue this process for quite some time. I don’t know her. I … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: Learn to Love Yourself

Learn to Love Yourself

Learn to Love Yourself Learn to Love Yourself Right Now. One of my favorite spots in my house is the chair by my bed. The nearby window allows the morning sun to shine through and the moonbeams to peek through the shades in the dark of night; and if I’m lucky I will experience both the sun and moon each day giving me a beautiful beginning and end to each day. As much as I enjoy my time in my special spot I have not always taken the time to do so. For so many years I filled my time with tasks … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: The Power of a Hug

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The Power of a Hug The Power of a Hug: The Perfect Expression of Love, Affection and Acceptance. It’s Saturday morning, the sun begins to rise as I sit in the quiet of my home with my little family still tucked in their beds. The past six weeks or so have been incredibly draining on my emotions as I have watched my daughter struggle with an undiagnosed illness. Multiple trips to the ER, doctor’s appointments and sleepless nights of worry have caught up with me as I struggle with the fact … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: The Importance of Relationships

The Importance of Relationships

The Importance of Relationships The Patchwork Quilt of Our Lives: Combining the Past With the Present to Make Our Future. Hunkering down in an overstuffed chair to write, I caught a glimpse of two framed photographs sitting on the table in my living room. Two simple wooden frames containing photographs of me and a friend sit side by side to remind me of time spent together. To some these pictures are ordinary, but to me each one represents a very important piece of my life. As I stare at … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: The Importance of Saving Relationships

Saving Relationships

The Importance of Saving Relationships Saving Relationships Life, Relationships and Duct Tape Have you ever had a relationship that ended and afterward you wished it hadn’t? Have you ever found yourself looking back and wishing you had not lost contact with someone or that you had not walked away from a relationship because it was just too difficult to deal with? Have you ever wondered “what if?” about long lost relationships and wished you had another chance to make it work? Unfortunately, … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: Love Quotes

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Love Quotes Love Quotes Defining love and putting it to action…. Love is in the air. Valentine’s Day is approaching and there are “signs” of love everywhere. Heart shaped boxes of chocolate line store shelves next to mounds of stuffed animals and dozens of roses will cost you a small fortune. Commercials for jewelry stores claim that every kiss begins with them or every love story starts with diamonds, fine gems, fancy food and romantic strolls in the moonlight. Love, according to much of … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: Seasons of Life

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Seasons of Life Seasons of Life: Staying focused, finding happiness and seeking peace It’s Friday afternoon and as I stare out my bedroom window remnants of this week’s snow still sit in clumps along the outer edge of my yard. The week has played havoc on me emotionally filling me with questions, concerns and deep prayer. I welcome the weekend with open arms hoping that it creeps by a little more slowly than usual. When I stepped on the bathroom scale this morning my heart sunk a little … [Read more...]