Uncategorized'S ARCHIVE

  • For as long as I can remember, I have always strongly disliked change. I like things to be very predictable. My parents once threw me a surprise birthday party and as you can image, for someone who likes to know exactly what is happening at all times, that party ended in tears. I am the […]

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  • Recognition of the gifts of others is essential in community. All it takes is a smile and two small words – Thank you by Jean Vanier, Community and Growth. It is hard to believe that today is my last day serving at Maggie’s Place! This community has been so much more than my home for […]

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  • As I prepare to leave Maggie’s Place after eight weeks, I have an abundance of thoughts running through my mind. Most of them consist of reminding myself not to cry, because I know the moms will make fun of me if I do, but I’m actually alright with that – I’m used to their teasing […]

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  • “Home is where the heart is.” As cliché as this saying has become in our society, its meaning is beyond measure. It means that home is not bound by walls or defined by familial ties. Home is not a stagnant place where you simply eat, sleep and breathe. Rather, home is wherever you love and […]

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  • “See the world” has always been my answer to the age old question, “What is your deepest desire?” When I was little it was my automated response to adults who were interested in what I wanted to do when I grew up. When I learned of bucket lists, after watching the heartfelt movie The Bucket […]

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  • Moving from rural northern New York to my new suburban surroundings in Arizona took me a couple of months to get acclimated to the many changes I encountered, some of which I hadn’t fully anticipated. Slowly, I conquered one small hurdle after another – I got used to being three hours behind my family and […]

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  • I was recently visited by a friend I went to school with. A year ago she did mission work in Mexico and two weeks ago she graduated from college, just a couple of days before flying into Phoenix. It was so nice to catch up with each other and share with her a bit of […]

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  • To the outside world, I look completely normal, mentally stable and healthy. But inside there is a gnawing desire; it eats at me day and night, controlling my every thought. It’s a monster that takes control more often than not. I wake up at the kitchen table, paper strewn everywhere, dull scissors next to my […]

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  • It has been nearly two years since I came to Maggie’s Place to serve as a MissionCorps, and during this time not a single day (or night) has gone by that I haven’t been struck by a mother’s love. It seems to me an almost supernatural ability the mothers have to sacrifice, love and put […]

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  • Life at Maggie’s Place is hard—plain and simple. It’s not hard because of the moms’ backgrounds or their current situations that are lined with a million different frustrating scenarios. It’s not hard because of the struggles of community life; like when it’s your turn to clean the kitchen and there is a sink full of […]

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