Learning to Embrace the Rain

  By Dawn Onley This spring has been one of the rainiest on record. I’ll admit, for several weeks now, I’ve been complaining about the constant rain and the cool, damp temperatures, even as my grass grows a beautiful shade of lush green, the roses on my rosebush spring up and color my yard a…

My Faith, My Mustard Seed

By Samantha McKenzie “And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”  Matthew 17:20 I used to carry…

Little Steps = Great Distance

By Dawn Onley There is generally a correlation between the level of effort and the level of result. For example, when I see someone who has lost a large amount of weight (sans an operation) I see a BIG effort, one that involves dramatically changing the way one eats and exercises, limiting alcohol, drinking more…

After Difficulty Comes Ease

By Samantha McKenzie “The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.”     — Helen Keller From time to time we all find ourselves in unfavorable situations. We…

Be a Champion for Our Children

By Dawn Onley When I first heard the term “age out,” I was sitting in a foster care training class and the teacher was explaining that many children will reach the legal age of 18 without getting adopted, so they “age out” of the system and have to either find a home of their own or move…

A Mother’s Day Reminder

By Samantha McKenzie I’ve called my mother a thousand times over the course of my adult life and she can always tell when something is wrong. I don’t really know how, she just does. Her words are always exactly what I need. And her prayers for me always follow. When I became a mother, I felt this…

The Most Good

  By Dawn Onley What should I do with my life? That is both the name of the book and the million-dollar question best-selling author Po Bronson posed to more than 900 ordinary Americans who had one thing in common: the desire to dust off their hidden passions long stored away in the china cabinets of…

Words Have Power: 5 Things to Delete from Your Language

By Samantha McKenzie What we speak has power. What we say, good or bad, takes on a life of its own. But the negative things weigh us down. They’re the worst. And they bring out the worst in us too. Here’s a short list of negative things we should stop saying and workarounds for moving…

Spring Beckons Our Renewal

  “We say that flowers return every spring, but that is a lie. It is true that the world is renewed. It is also true that that renewal comes at a price, for even if the flower grows from an ancient vine, the flowers of spring are themselves new to the world, untried and untested….

Black Girls Will Always Be…Magic!

By Samantha McKenzie I joined the millions of supporters who cheered on the recent news of Malia Obama’s acceptance into Harvard University. We celebrated online with strangers, mentally high-fived each other on news feeds and collectively felt like we were sending one of our own daughters off to college. It was another beautiful Obama family…