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Seeing Christmas Through My Son’s Eyes

Seeing Christmas Through My Son’s Eyes

It usually starts sometime around July 1st and gains in frequency and intensity the closer we get to football season. In truth, I think he would be happiest to engage year-round, but as younger brothers often do, his younger brother puts up an argument at every turn until around Thanksgiving, despite being a known music-lover in the family. [more]

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From One Mother to Another at Christmas

From One Mother to Another at Christmas

With one son 13 years old, and another getting ready to graduate from HS, I think about how fast the time has gone. We recently attended a senior awards banquet for my oldest son’s fall athletic season, and parents were invited to submit photos for their senior from infancy through this year for the senior slide show. As I searched for appropriate photos, the years raced through my mind. [more]

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Picture Perfect Doesn’t Matter

Picture Perfect Doesn’t Matter

It wasn’t shaping up to be the picture-perfect Christmas this year. And I was, well, trying to “hold it all together.” We were in the midst of another chemotherapy week, and as I had shared with a friend, I felt like a spider with eight arms and legs, trying to keep that many plates spinning between my husband’s medical care, my children’s school, extracurricular activities, and emotional needs, work, and ministry endeavors, and it was all I could do to not let any of the plates drop. [more]

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When Christmas Isn’t

When Christmas Isn’t

It was barely noon on Christmas day and I ransacked the house, tearing down the Christmas tree and all the decorations, trying to rid the house and my heart of every visible reminder of Christmas…my first Christmas without my mother; my first Christmas in the unwanted role as matriarch of the family. [more]

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The Power of “What If?” 7 Powerful Truths to Remember When You Are Tempted to Ask What If?

The Power of “What If?” 7 Powerful Truths to Remember When You Are Tempted to Ask What If?

“I hate to tell you this, but you need to go home and get your affairs in order.” How could that be? We were young, and still considered ourselves newlyweds despite having been married 14 years. We had waited 12 years to have children, until after I had finished all my years of schooling to become a doctor, and then the requisite years of internship and post-doctoral training. Now with a toddler in tow, the oncologist was telling us that cancer was going to rob our son of his father. [read more] This Tuesday, the TV Interview with Sheila Walsh and Randy Robison of Life Today airs. [read more for details]

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Dr. Michelle Bengtson

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