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Sarah Westfall


We walked out of the hospital emptyhanded. In December 2010, we discovered that our son Carter had never developed kidneys—a diagnosis that at the time offered zero hope of survival. His tiny body would not be able to sustain life after birth. We were devastated, but pregnancy became our time with him. For seven weeks,[…]

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Our sons were born only a couple weeks apart. When our families got together, conversation naturally revolved around our boys. We’d talk about all the developments they’d made over the last week—sleep patterns, poops, poundage, first words. You get the picture. Typical new-parent talk. I’d smile as the other mom shared about how her son[…]

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I’ve killed every plant I’ve ever owned. Last winter, my sister-in-law graciously gifted me succulents—plants that theoretically take care of themselves. They didn’t make it to summer. Currently, once-beautiful tulips sit wilting by my kitchen sink. I love the idea of plants. I love how they create a warm, inviting atmosphere in our home. I[…]

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When I was young, my Dad worked for the Northeast Indiana Solid Waste Management District. What a mouthful, right?!? There’s not even a good acronym for that. So whenever a friend or teacher asked what my Dad did, I always told them he worked for The Recycling People. The Recycling People’s office was within walking[…]

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I’m not a sci-fi movie person. But I’ve seen my fair share of blockbusters to know what happens when the aliens arrive. Chaos ensues. The sky grows dark beneath a shroud of alien vessels. One by one, the skyscrapers begin to crumble like sandcastles. Screaming people flee in every direction through a haze of smoke.[…]

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