The difference between forgiveness and reconciliation

The difference between forgiveness & reconciliation | Such the Spot

Is there someone in your life with whom you just cannot see eye to eye? There is in mine. Our differences have resulted in an estrangement that has lasted nearly seven years now. Though not blood-related, she’s a member of my family and so the absence of a relationship there is difficult, to say the least.

Yesterday a card arrived in the mail. It was a thank you note sent in response to our Christmas gift. You might remember that instead of buying material objects, Jeff and I opted to honor those on our gift list by donating to charitable causes in the names of the people we love. This estranged family member was no exception. We gave a bike to a needy family in a developing country in honor of this particular estranged family member. When I went to the mailbox and saw that thank you card yesterday, butterflies developed instantly. There exists such contention between us, I tend to dread any communication with her. Yesterday’s note serves as a perfect illustration as to why.

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Vanilla almond margarita | Such the Spot

Vanilla almond margarita

Hi, friends! I’m super excited because it’s Margarita of the Month day here on the Spot! Just in case there was any doubt as to my excitement level I think the overuse of exclamation points in those first two sentences conveys my mood. :) I’ll do my best to curtail that from here on out. Are you curious about this month’s flavor? I can assure you that it has been strictly scrutinized and duly tested (it’s … Continue reading Vanilla almond margarita

Two unique ways to see the vineyards of Paso Robles | Such the Spot

Two unique ways to see the vineyards of Paso Robles

Special thanks to Travel Paso, Outback Trail Rides and Margarita Adventures for hosting our experiences in Paso Robles. The opinions I’m sharing reflect my genuine experience. When I travel with my family, I set out to do two things: Have fun. Make memories. Pretty simple, right? In most cases, yes. I will say, however, that it took us a few tries before we learned the key to having fun and making memories no matter where … Continue reading Two unique ways to see the vineyards of Paso Robles

DIY Free Printable "berry" glad classroom Valentines

DIY Free Printable “berry” glad classmate Valentines

It’s only a matter of time until your elementary student will be bringing home a list of names for the annual classroom valentine exchange. Are you ready? Sure, you could pick up a bag of conversation hearts from the holiday aisle at Target, but I suspect that the teacher might not be thrilled with the prospect of teaching multiplication to twenty-something sugar-hyped kiddos. I have a better idea for you. Cute, right? The best part, … Continue reading DIY Free Printable “berry” glad classmate Valentines

The difference between forgiveness & reconciliation | Such the Spot

How I feel about my 20 year-old, unmarried daughter’s pregnancy

Sometimes I really wish you could watch a video of me as I sit down to write a post. But then there’s the issue of you seeing me all scrounged out in my workout clothes and ponytailed (at best) or greasy (at worst) hair, so perhaps the video idea isn’t a great one. I suppose it’s best to at least limit my appearance to the UPS guy and the neighbors I wave to from the car at the … Continue reading How I feel about my 20 year-old, unmarried daughter’s pregnancy

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