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Storytelling

The Christmas Tablecloth

The Doornink family gathers every (close to) Christmas Eve for our celebration of love and family, and sometimes a little Jesus. We sit around the dining table and enjoy a meal of turkey, swedish sausage, mashed potatoes, corn, stuffing, and rolls. Although my family has been altered in some big ways over the years, this dinner remains comfortingly unchanged. Every…

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On Grief & Grieving

Published on Still Standing: How Active Grieving Saved Me from More Pain

There’s no question that grief is hard. It takes everything you have just to be a human when you’re deep in grief. It’s physical, it’s mental, and it’s tough. The day that I was lying in my hospital bed waiting for my induction to help me push out my stillborn baby boy, Jonah, I made a decision. We had been…

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