Michelle Flaningan

Adoption

Always Included

  How do I describe the man who made an indelible mark on my life? How do I honor the man who, with my mother, chose me for adoption?  It’s hard to find the words to paint an accurate picture for you. So first I’ll tell you a little bit about him.  My dad is…
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Adoption

From the Heart of My Mother

If you know my family, you know that we did not come together in the typical fashion. As I give you a brief overview of how we came together, please understand I feel the weight of knowing there are not enough words to honor the love and sacrifice this family is built on. Our family…
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Feeling Overwhelmed

When You Feel Heavy Hearted

We are now finishing up the 8th week of shelter in place and our kids being sent home to complete school work through distance learning. Eight weeks sounds like such a long time, doesn’t it? Yesterday, it was announced that stay at home orders will remain in place until the end of May for many…
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Parenting

Are My Kids Getting the Message?

Have you ever wondered if your parental messages are getting through to your kids? Sometimes I’m not sure if my sound motherly advice like, “grab a jacket, it’s cold outside” is hitting home with them when I see them run right past me with no jacket.  I often wonder the same thing  about sharing Biblical truth…
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Following God

Hope! Plant, Sow & Reap

The other day my husband and I decided to go for an evening walk. As we made our way down the driveway I glanced back toward our house and behold! Our front flower bed was full of lovely daffodils! What a refreshing site during this pandemic that has us all social distancing and staying at…
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Feeling Overwhelmed

When You Feel the Weight of Worry

Psalm 34:4 “I sought the Lord and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.” ESV   “We don’t even have enough money to order a pizza?” He questioned as I intentionally stared down at my phone screen.  Our family had just arrived home from our day, and already I was holding back tears.…
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Identity

A Season of Waiting

”This one is for you,” my husband said as he handed me the card from the stack of mail in his hand. Before I even opened it I knew what was inside. An invitation to a baby shower. As I opened the envelope and read the pretty card, all of the emotions came welling up…
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Feeling Overwhelmed

A Big Change

Have you ever received life changing news when your plate seemed so full already? Our family received such news during the winter of 2015 when one of our twins (Lucas) was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Our family was living a pretty full life at the time. We had two full-time jobs, 3 young children…
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