Posts Tagged ‘Blessings’

Grateful Hearts this Valentine’s Day

February 11, 2011 This Valentine’s Day many will celebrate with gifts of jewelry or chocolate or by sharing a meal at a favorite restaurant. Angie MacDonald and her family will mark the day with gratitude for more than 200 strangers who saved her life 31 Valentine’s Days ago. Born prematurely to Charles and Cece MacDonald…

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An Attitude of Gratitude

Watching news reports of massive snowstorms across the country earlier this week, I was overcome with gratitude.  I’m grateful that, for once, we who live in the Twin Cities escaped the storm. I ‘m grateful that I live in a warm house with food in the fridge and cars in the garage.  I’m grateful that…

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The Woodruff Takeaway: Live in the Present

November 6, 2010 Bob Woodruff’s future was brilliant in 2006. The ABC News journalist, father of four and husband to Lee, secured the coveted World News Tonight co-anchor chair after Peter Jennings died. Then fate intervened. Embedded with an Iraqi army unit, Bob was struck by a roadside bomb filled with rocks. He sustained a…

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Visitation: Not for School, but for Life

This past weekend, I gave a speech at the mother/daughter brunch at my daughter’s school, Convent of the Visitation. You can read the entire speech below. A couple of months ago I was walking with Ellie McDonald’s mom, Ann, and I said, I’d like to speak at the mother/daughter brunch and share with the group…

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A Gift from Guatemala

June 24, 2010 Before she set foot in Guatemala last month, Lauren Scharmer sensed her life was about to change. Her intuition was correct. Scharmer was one of 16 seniors and two chaperones from Convent of the Visitation School whose mission trip to Central America took an unexpected turn when a confluence of two volcanic…

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Choices: Bitter or Better

May 28, 2010 Earlier this month, Sgt. Joe Bergeron, a 26-year veteran of the Maplewood Police Department, was memorialized after being executed in his squad car. He is survived by a large family and many in law enforcement who are mindful that, on any given day, they could suffer the same fate. Such a cold-blooded…

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Join the Crowd, Imperfect Mom

May 10, 2009 The bags were packed, the boarding passes printed. My passport rested on my desk, unopened since I last used it two years ago. Months of planning this save-my-sanity getaway would soon culminate in an escape from a frigid, gloomy winter. Hours before our scheduled departure, my husband breezed into my office, picked…

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