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Jan 30, 2017

Michelle Wulfestieg

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9 years ago this month, I had my second stroke. My how far I have come….

Relearning how to speak, eat, drink, go to the bathroom and all the other activities of daily living, makes you really appreciate the small things. And although I am still disabled, today I am thriving.

In the past 9 years, I have returned to work fulltime in order to serve the dying, providing dignity, comfort and closure to those at the end-of-life. I have graduated with a master’s degree, written an award winning book, and traveled extensively. I have thrown confetti on New Years from the rooftops of Times Square, gone on countless camping adventures, and expanded our family, IMG_7675adopting a beautiful little girl who fills our lives with so much laughter and love.

Life is so good. It is rich in so many ways and there is not a single day I take for granted. Not a moment goes by that I don’t inhale the possibilities that still lie before me and exhale gratitude. After all, we have we have so much to be grateful for.

Appreciate all that you have, even though it might not be much. Hug your loved ones tightly and always remember to say, “I love you.”

And although the month of January symbolizes new beginnings for many, for some, it has also been a month of great sorrow. I lost two family members this month. One young and one old. Both died too soon and there is now a void that can never be filled.

Working in the field of hospice for over a decade, coupled with my own life experiences, I am keenly aware of the brevity of life. It is precious and every moment deserves to be celebrated.

Aug 13, 2016

Michelle Wulfestieg

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There was never any doubt in my mind that I would be an adoptive parent.

Diagnosed with a lesion in my brain at the age of 11, I have endured radiation treatments, surgeries, and suffered two devastating strokes resulting in permanent disability. Although the tumor was obliterated in 2008, and medically the doctors say I could indeed have my own children, the desire of my heart has always been adoption.

For years, God had been preparing me to raise a child that grew in my heart, not in my tummy. So when it came time for us to actually start a family, my husband and I began our homework. (more…)

Sep 20, 2015

Michelle Wulfestieg

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More than anything, I love productivity! I love making lists and crossing things off. It gives me a sense of accomplishment, like I’m moving toward something. Progress. I love progress.

Yes, it’s important to have periods of rest. But to have the wind on your back, to see new places, to do new things! It is such a glorious feeling. No wonder Dr. Seuss’s book, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” has become so popular! It’s the perfect gift to give to anyone of any age who is embarking on a new journey. Because that’s what life is. It’s a journey. An amazing and powerful journey.

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Aug 09, 2015

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You are enough. You are exactly where you are meant to be at this point in time. Never give up on the dreams that God has put on your heart. Do not be discouraged by failure, for failure is often the foundation of your success.

Here are some of the fundamental ways failure shapes us.

  1. Failure is a universal phenomenon.  We have all failed. Maybe it was a test you took in school. Perhaps it was a project at work or a business deal that went bad. Maybe it was a relationship, or a marriage that you just couldn’t save. During these moments, it’s difficult to think about the next steps. Know that you are not alone.

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Jun 07, 2015

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For me, my path hasn’t been easy. And I would be willing to bet there are many reading this who have had their fair share of battles.

Because for most of us, our lives are like rivers. Rarely do they follow a straight path. All too often we experience fierce rapids, bends and twists, and even waterfalls.

If your path has been anything like mine, then I liken it to Niagara Falls. Perhaps you have gone over an edge so steep that you thought you could never come back from it. (more…)

Nov 19, 2014

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Let’s face it. We all have bad days. Whether you’re putting up with rude drivers or crabby co-workers, we all deal with the Eeyore’s of the world. You know, the old grey donkey from Winnie the Pooh with his gloomy disposition who uses catchphrases like “Thanks for noticin’ me” and “Ohhh-kayyy.”

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Maybe you’re in a season of your life where you feel like Eeyore. You have come to believe that there is really no point in trying because whatever it is, you are bound to fail. You expect hardship to happen to you, and so you accept it when it does.

This is a chancy place to be, my friends. You must let your inner light shine, in spite of your circumstances. Whatever roadblocks, mishaps, trials or tribulations you face, let God turn your mourning into dancing. Let him clothe you with gladness. Use your voice to give thanks and sing praise for all the blessings in your life. Psalm 30:11-12 (ESV). (more…)

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