Slices of Hope

Embracing life and all the journey holds

Author: Heidi Hochstetler (page 1 of 2)

Oh, The Places You Will Go, My Son

I woke with a knot in my stomach.

Steaming mug of coffee in hand, I watched the darkness give way to morning sun. And in the quietness of nature, my sorting and reflections gave way to memories.

Years ago, in Virginia, we lived within a few miles of the college campus where Doug taught and coached.

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Hope in the Midst of Life’s Delicate Dance

Gift of Early Morning Hours

We woke with intentions of making and serving breakfast at a local church.  Folks living in need would arrive for a healthy meal and some warmth before the cold air accompanied them outside.  Upon arrival, we learned of a miscommunication with age limits.  Our youngest was unable to stay due to

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Happy New Year to You!

A new year begins in many ways and at various times. 

Happy New Year!  That is what it feels like around here.

A new year is largely marked by the date, January 1 with a host of celebrations and the setting of resolutions.  There is the simple task of remembering the new year when writing the date

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When You Hold the Difficult Pieces Together

We can choose to hold difficult pieces together,
And work toward fully living… for all.

Breathe when life feels full and hope seems impossible,
When the heaviness of life, of reality, becomes overwhelming, heartbreaking.
Breathe as you grieve and feel uncertain,

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Roots and Wings – A Look Back

Roots and wings… always a journey!

Emma and I sat in the doctor’s office explaining our dilemma.  She was bound for Florida in four days but felt terrible and could hardly breathe.  A virus with symptoms of walking pneumonia was the culprit.  Should she go?  Would those in charge care for her? 

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Sometimes It’s the Little Things

Sometimes it’s the little things in life.
Here’s to gratitude for a weekend full of twists and turns as well as joyous and quiet moments…

“It’s the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.” (Laura Ingalls Wilder)

Family plans coming and going,

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Showing Up with Our Stories

“Hope holds a breaking heart together.”
(Ann Voskamp)

Oh glory… I’ve been struggling.
The last two years have felt like a mountain range to overcome.
The past few weeks have been our Kilimanjaro.
I bet you’ve been there at some point in your life…

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Lessons from a Running Family Tradition

It’s the longest standing tradition for our family.
It happens each year on a given Sunday morning in the midst of spring days.
Unpredictable weather only remotely affects the event.

Doug, the running man, rises early for the annual St. Luke’s Half Marathon.

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Simple Treasures

We awoke with plans to clean the garage.  Well, I did.

A day with no school.  Surely it held room for this item on the family to-do list.

Boxes from the move cluttered sections.
Shelves that didn’t properly find homes stood aimlessly.
Odds and ends making their way to garage spaces were

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Hope Begins in the Dark

I miss all my flowers and plants.  All the spaces created and re-created at our “last” house.

Over time, each space was intentional.

Several years of planning and working with the soil.
Designing and re-designing flower beds,
Including precious plant gifts

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