Lily: A Thanksgiving Story

Happy Thanksgiving!! ❤️❤️

Allison Maruska

This Thursday is Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S., and my family and I are celebrating a reason to be truly thankful.

If you read the post about our new kitten, then you know we found him because of an unfortunate circumstance. On October 23, our shy, sweet Lily kitty went missing.

Lily lost

Our hope that she would turn up in hours turned into days. Then weeks. We took down flyers ruined by the weather and replaced them with laminated ones that would bear the elements.

I admit that I struggled to remain hopeful as we neared the completion of her fourth week missing. She gets scared of every little thing inside our own house, and I couldn’t imagine her exploring outside for long. She’d find a dark, tight hidey hole, and maybe–maybe–come out to hunt or to be fed by a friendly stranger.

I kept up my…

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If It’s in You, Put Aside Your Ego and Write (or whatever you want to do)

Heather Kindt


Many times I hear aspiring authors say they are nervous about publishing their book or even trying to write a book because they don’t want to be critiqued. Anyone who ever became anybody has faced critics in their life. You’re too pretty, too ugly, too money-hungry, too bold, too timid and so on.

To be successful, you can’t care what others think of you. I know you’re saying, but Heather, we’re in the business of being critiqued as writers. But if it’s in you, you need to write (or anything else you want to do). Why do I say this? Because if you have the passion for something there’s a reason. God wants you to do it. Now, I’m not going to say I have it all figured out. But I do believe that things happen for you, not to you.

As writers we are often paralyzed by the…

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