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Anne Adriance

Featured in 2013 Edition
In the midst of a year of transitions, ANNE ADRIANCE of Oldwick, New Jersey, has learned more profoundly that the most important things never ever change. For that, she says, “I am deeply grateful. My husband Matt and I have had one son graduate from college and start a life on his own, and another son live in faraway cities all year long. It's meant we've had to learn new ways of relating as parents, expressing our feelings and sharing our connections as a family. Through it all, my love for my precious family, and my joy in living the life I have before me, has only grown!

Sam Adriance

Featured in 2014 Edition
This was a year full of milestones for SAM ADRIANCE, of New Haven, Connecticut. He watched his fiancee, Emily, graduate from college, began his first year of law school, and started planning his wedding. "I was very sad to leave my job teaching high school students," Sam says, "but I've been loving the next chapter of my life." He participated in the Temporary Restraining Order Project, helping battered women and men get restraining orders against their attackers, and has now joined the Education Adequacy Project, where he will help in an enormous litigation effort to reform Connecticut's public schools.

marci alborghetti

Featured in 2014 Edition
It has been an interesting year for MARCI ALBORGHETTI and her husband, Charlie of New London, Connecticut. They have been reminded frequently of the various forms of an adage: Man plans and God laughs. Or even more appropriate: Man proposes; God disposes! "I am not the one who has the final say in my life," says Marci, "and that's probably for the best. But I'm still not great at adjusting my routine and expectations, so I'm praying for God's help with that." Marci has two new books out: The American Prayer Book: In God We Trust and Being the Body of Christ.

Andrew Attaway

Featured in 2014 Edition
“This past year has seen more changes in the household," writes ANDREW ATTAWAY of New York City. "Our children are growing in body, mind, and, we trust, spirit. Elizabeth, 18, finished her junior year at MIT; John, 16, completed his junior year of high school; Mary, 14, blossomed as a dancer, performing with confidence and, most important, with joy; Maggie, 11, amazed me with her singing at our local children's theatre; and Stephen, 9, our only remaining homeschooler, has enjoyed architecture and robotics classes, and has become an enthusiastic Cub Scout."

julia attaway

Featured in 2014 Edition
"It's been a year of adaptation for the Attaway's," writes JULIA ATTAWAY of New York City. "Mary and Maggie started school after many years of homeschooling, and that's a big change for us all." Between PTA meetings and freelance writing, Julia finds time to blog for Guideposts (Guideposts.org/blogs/Seeds-Devotion), run a preschool nature class in the park, and pray. "An active life requires active prayer, and I've been working on developing the habit of praying wherever I go." As the mom of three teens, a tween, and a 9-year-old, she also practices praying before she opens her mouth to respond to anyone!

karen barber

Featured in 2014 Edition
“This past year has seen our family embarking on new phases of life: the first year of marriage for our son Chris and his wife, Grayson; the first full-time job for our son John after his college graduation; and the first year of retirement for my husband, Gordon," says KAREN BARBER of Alpharetta, Georgia. “One way that I continue to be renewed daily, even when big changes like these come in my day-to-day life, is through prayer. And one way I keep my prayer life refreshed is through trying out new prayer ideas I learn from the people who share on Prayerideas.org, which I edit."

evelyn bence

Featured in 2014 Edition
EVELYN BENCE of Arlington, Virginia, says, "In the past several years God has expanded my heart to the needs of my neighborhood: a fragile older woman with few supports; a family with no car; a child with special needs who knocks on the door every day, asking me to read to her. Challenges, inconveniences, interruptions? Yes. But then I hear a heartfelt thank-you or see a grammar-school breakthrough, and I thank God for mercies raining on us all. I had a good business year, providing editorial services, and in August enjoyed a family reunion of my siblings at a niece's wedding in Indiana."

erika bentsen

Featured in 2014 Edition
This year has certainly thrown extra challenges her way, ERIKA BENTSEN of Sprague River, Oregon, tells us. "I ruptured a disc in my spine, fighting a wildfire on the ranch. Suddenly thrust into an intense battle with crippling pain, I faced surgery, powerful medications, physical therapy, and months of nearly healing. Then regression, further regression, and finally, as I write this, the tiniest hope of recovery once again. This injury has changed the course of my life, much to my chagrin, but I know God has a plan for me. Every day I pray for acceptance, and I try to discover His new aim. Can I continue the life I thought He wanted me to lead? Do I yield to a different path? And the questions I fear most: Is there life after ranching? Must I lose everything I love? Can joy and peace be found elsewhere? Please pray for me as I struggle to find answers."

rhoda blecker

Featured in 2014 Edition
"This has been a very challenging year," says RHODA BLECKER of Bellingham, Washington. "In May, my husband, Keith, had a cerebellar stroke, which landed him in the hospital for three days. But we were truly blessed. He recovered quickly and well enough so that the only prescription was to return to tai chi for balance improvement. Then in July he had a COPD episode, which also meant he needed to be hospitalized, and now he's on oxygen all the time, except when he's sitting still. I've had to adjust to living with stress, which was never really a part of our lives before, and for a stubborn woman like me, it hasn't been easy. But I am getting support from our neighbors, and that reminds me every day that their generosity is God's generosity made visible."

Featured in 2013 Edition
“It is indeed a year to give thanks!” MELODY BONNETTE SWANG of Mandeville, Louisiana, writes. She recently graduated with a PhD in educational leadership from the University of Southern Mississippi. “I was filled with such thankfulness as I walked across the stage,” states Melody, “and, somehow, in the huge coliseum, I heard my family cheering!” That cheering section included Melody's children Misty, Kristen, Christopher and Kevin; their spouses; her 81-year-old mom; sister Sandi and brother-in-law Bob; and seven of her grandchildren. Melody is especially thankful for her husband's support while she earned her degree. “I never could have finished my doctorate in two-and-a-half years without his hard work,” says Melody. “He has his doctorate, too, so we now jokingly call ourselves a ‘paradox.’”

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