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"Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains! For the Lord comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones." -- Isaiah 49:13

On Feb. 13, my husband called 1075 KZL, an area radio station, to defend food allergy families who are boycotting the Peter Rabbit Movie due to a scene that many describe as “food allergy bullying.” It’s my impression that the boycott is an attempt to raise awareness of food allergies and, in many cases, the challenges our children face. My husband inspired me. I hate conflict and confrontation. I don’t want to invite trolls and misinformed talking heads like Jared (Jared 1075 KZL / Jared and Katie in the Morning) into my world; I have enough to worry about. But after listening to and reading all the negative comments, sarcasm, mockery, and even threats directed toward food allergy sufferers and their families for their decision to boycott this movie, I can’t be still any longer. This started out as a reply in a thread on a 107.5 Facebook post of the same topic where food allergy children and their parents were called”dumba$$es” and “pu$$ies” and “snowflakes.” It’s now a manifesto. It’s…
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"The light shines in the darkness and the darkness can never extinguish it." --John 1:5

We lit a candle for our sweet Alice tonight. There's something sad and sobering and, dare I say it...joyful, about seeing that tiny flame flicker in the darkness like some sort of hauntingly beautiful birthday candle.
There are a lifetime's worth of wishes and prayers in that little flame. Imagine that. An entire life, all those milestones and celebrations, the mundane and magical, extinguished in one breath. But still she shines. How powerful!

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month organizers and participants call this event the Wave Of Light. But I see a circle. A circle of friends and family who grieve and love in equal measure.
The darkness presses in, but we focus on the light.

That's how we hold on to hope.

That's how we find peace.

There's where we find joy.