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From Devastation to Determination

Wearing striped pajamas, laying on a bed of wooden slats, a 13-year-old orphan girl named Alexandra wished for death. Considering the many ways she might achieve the desired result, she whispered a prayer asking God to let her die when she says God answered her, almost audibly saying, “I need you to love my people.” It was at that moment that a defeated child living in a Nazi concentration camp had her heart miraculously move from a place of devastation to one of determination.

Overcoming the Darkness

Not many people know, but 1960 marks the year that the world was blessed with a little boy named Oree Bradley. He was the fourth of six children, and they lived outside the city limits of Emerson, Arkansas. The Bradley family lived so far out of the city limits that when Oree started school in 1965, the school bus would not come down his country road because the condition of that road was so bad. To get to school, Oree and his siblings would walk almost a mile down a trail that intersected with a more bus-friendly road. There, the Bradley children would board the bus and go to school.

National Bald is Beautiful Day

Our son Jaxon was born with a head full of hair. Our friends even joked he looked like a little weatherman ready to report. … I remember at the age of three when we first noticed spots of hair loss, the size of a dime. We initially thought that rubbing his head on the car seat might have caused it until more spots appeared, and the first ones became larger. At one point, he had a few areas the size of half dollars. We asked his pediatrician about the hair loss at his yearly check-up, but Jaxon was healthy.

Bougie Grubs Cherry Cobbler

INGREDIENTS … 1/2 stick of salted butter … 1 cup milk … 1 1/2 cup Bisquick baking mix … 1 cup sugar … 3 cups of fresh cherries … 2 tbsp of lemon juice … cinnamon Sugar mixture … DIRECTIONS … 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 2. Pit cherries. 3. Toss cherries with lemon juice and sugar. 4. Place butter in a pan and melt in the oven. 5. Mix baking mix and milk together. 6. Remove pan from oven and place the cherry mixture on top of melted butter. 7. Drizzle the baking mixture over the top of the cherries. 8. Sprinkle cinnamon mixture on top. 9.

Perfectly Blended

photo by Matt Cornelius
When Christy and Dr. Jeff Young decided to get married in 2019, they began the search for a house they could call theirs. However, after continued searching, they realized that the house Christy and her girls already lived in had all the makings of the perfect place to bring their families together. “At the time, nobody lived with us, but we still wanted a space for everybody. This is not just the girls’ house; we wanted the boys to feel at home too,” Christy said.

The Monthly Mix

Coffee Table Style

September is the perfect time to refresh the interior of your home! A coffee table is typically the focal point of the living area. It is a great place to kick your feet up and relax. Your coffee table can also be a conversation piece when you have guests present. Here are some great pieces that will help give your table area a fresh look as we go into a new season.


A Sarine Thought… or Two

photo by Matt Cornelius
Where Everybody Knows Your Name … If you watched television in the 1980s and 1990s, I know you just sang that title line in the tune of the Cheers theme song. You are not alone. I totally hummed it while I typed! But do not let the title mislead you. I am not about to talk about my favorite coffee bar or hang out (true confession: I am a literal teetotaler). Nope. I want to talk about what it means to be home, and at least for me, that means being known and knowing others. … I grew up in a small town. Being raised in Sulphur Springs, Texas, is one of the biggest blessings of my life.

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