Untold Stories About Us

"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you." -Maya Angelou


The Military’s Best Kept Secret


Posted By on Dec 6, 2017

Dear Readers, Today I am over at one of my favorite Military Spouse Blogs sharing on one of our best kept secrets. In his groundbreaking research at the turn of the century, “Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community,” Robert Putnam, a renowned political scientist, forewarned that the very social fabric of America was coming apart. One does not need to look very far in our news today to wonder if he was right, even...

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There’s a lot I don’t know how to handle these days.   Does anyone know how to parent a toddler in today’s world? On most days I feel like I am stumbling around in the dark hoping I am at least getting something right.   The never ending flood of crazy news.   Challenges and stress at work. Time management. Volunteer commitments.   I currently find myself right in the middle of trying to serve, lead, and work in...

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Dear Readers, Today, I am so excited to be sharing over at Thrive Momma! Please enjoy this excerpt and then click on the link below to finish it over at the Thrive Momma Page. For my readers who are working moms or for those considering being one in the future, Elaine McGhee is a wonderful writer, life coach, and blogger whose work you should definitely check out. The community she is building through her work at Thrive Momma has been...

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Ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack, a crack in everything That’s how the light gets in. Anthem – by Leonard Cohen Dear Readers, Going on four years ago now I started up this site. I was the church girl who had found myself stranded on the side of the road terrified to admit that the faith I had built my life on was breaking to pieces. Protestant, conservative Christianity in its many forms...

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Dear Readers, I know I have been especially quiet around here on the blog for quite awhile now. To be really honest, I have strongly been considering giving up blogging altogether.     When I first jumped into this world of blogging, it was exciting and cathartic.   For once in my life my fear of holding everything in grew greater than my fear of speaking up.   At that point, very few people I knew had ever...

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  Dear Readers, My website is finally back up and running fine with all the backend fixes complete. I apologize for the long delay in this post. I had a different draft ready to go, and then today happened and I suddenly found the right words that I think I had been waiting to write all along, I just didn’t know it.   For those of you who are hurting today, I hope you can hear my heart in this.   For those of you...

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    Dear Readers, As I discussed yesterday, I have been pondering the ideas in this letter for weeks, ever since I read Glennon Melton’s newest book Love Warrior. Then the events of this past weekend happened, and our crazy American election only managed to further remind me just how  hard it is to be a girl in today’s world. The sheltered, innocent little girl I was so many years ago, would have understood so...

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  Today’s post is the second installment in my new series Letters to Myself. Last week’s letter was to myself as a young military spouse, and this week’s letter is to myself as a brand new mother. I started this series, as I was inspired to go back and reflect on various areas of my life and give myself the personalized advice that I wished I had received, but in reality is only often found through the...

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Hello Readers!   Today’s post is the first in a new series I am doing called Letters to Myself. I was inspired to do this series, after listening to one of my favorite podcasts, Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert.     In episode 8 of season 2, she charges one of her students to write herself a letter, but to do it creatively in the voices of both her ancestors in the past and then another from her grandchildren...

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  I started Untold Stories a little over two years ago now.   Starting was definitely not easy. There were many times my fingers hovered over the keys or the publish button, agonizing whether it was worth the vulnerability and risk I felt. For so long I told myself that if anyone besides a select few people in my life knew the real me—that rejection, ridicule, or judgment would be the only responses I would ever get.  ...

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