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    The Two Most Courageous Women I Know

    Today I had the privilege of guest posting over at LaTan Murphy’s blog. Read the beginning here and finish at her site, or just go over there to start! by Heather Bock Who is the most courageous woman you know? As you consider this, remember that courage isn’t the absence of fear. Courage is facing fears when needed, standing or acting with bravery when you’d rather turn and run. In fact, those with no fears might be less courageous and more naïve (at least that’s what describes me sometimes). As I sought to answer this question, I couldn’t pick just one—I narrowed it down to two. The first is a…

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    Broken But Priceless Magazine Article: Establishing Community Support

    by Heather Bock This week I have the honor to have an article published in an online magazine: Broken But Priceless on a topic about which I feel very strongly. Here’s the start of it, but I hope you’ll click to read the rest at the magazine itself. Eleven years ago, shortly after we moved across the country, my husband and I joined a small group of young couples. Seasons went by, and a few couples left and a few others came aboard, but the core remained stable as baby after baby was added to the mix. We threw each other baby showers, rotated a carpet cleaner, and combined garage sales. We…

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    True Closeness

    I have some amazing friends who I consider more family than friends, girls to whom I can tell almost anything, who would do anything for me (and have), and for whom I would do anything, as well.  However, true emotional closeness with a friend is still something for which I long, something I’ve wanted all my life, ever since my first best friend moved away when I was 8 or 9–not that I had true emotional closeness with that friend, but I think I was too young to realize yet that I didn’t.  I’ve been thinking about this again lately since one of my best friends found out that she would be moving across…