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By Valerie Brandt
I was born and raised a farm girl in rural Minnesota where I met and married the adoration of my lifetime! Our family currently lives in a rural community in Iowa where we frequently trade stories with the family \x34back home\x34 of the likeness ...
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I was born and raised a farm girl in rural Minnesota where I met and married the adoration of my lifetime! Our family currently lives in a rural community in Iowa where we frequently trade stories with the family \x34back home\x34 of the likeness and differences of the slower life from one state to the next. My husband and I own our own business where we provide for our three growing daughters who are the light of our world. Writing has always been an outlet for me, starting a diary as young as 4th grade and continuing for each of my daughters currently. Writing clears my mind and my heart of things that I would rather say but don't (due to my impeccable manners) or did say and wished I hadn't (sometimes those manners fail). I am clearly outspoken and am working on being filled with grace and compassion. In my spare time my family and I enjoy reading, biking and cooking. We do NOT enjoy cold snowy weather.
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Oct. 7, 2013 9:54 p.m.



It is hard to focus somedays on the here and now.  I spoke with a friend today about some things going on in her life.  Her words haunt me..."I am so tired, I am just so tired."

Later I got on my email account and saw that a young family man in our church family died from injuries from a freak auto accident.  Just like that, a widow and two fatherless boys.  Her caringbridge blog last week said, "I am not done being married."

When people want to continue in shallow ways and only want to discuss clothes, weight, celebrities, lifestyles, it makes me crazy!  In less than 3 hours just in my world people are HURTING and we are MISSING IT!  I am not missing it, I am hurting for them, but I want to fix it!  I can't fix these really hard things going on.  I want peace in their lives.  I want hope in their lives.  I want to be an encourager to them but it gets hard when life beats in on you.

If this is you today, don't give up!  Keep going!  You can do it!  I believe in you!  In the words of Winnie the Pooh to Piglet:

"Promise me you will always remember: you are braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."

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