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DEERWOOD - Jean Kruger believes in the power of prayer. She has a precious daughter to prove it. Kruger always dreamed of becoming a mother. On Dec. 13, 2014, her dreams came true in the form of a 1-pound, 9.8-ounce baby girl who was less than a foot long - a baby who wasn't supposed to be. Kruger, Deerwood, has battled varying gynecological issues most of her life. There was even talk of a hysterectomy. Most recently, it was discovered she had blood clots in her uterus. Because of the clots, she needed to have some blood work done.
Through the columns I've written for the religion page, those in the religious community may have followed the medical journey my dad, Dennis Trowbridge, has been on for the past two and-a-half years. With tears in my eyes, I can finally type the sentence, "He's home." Granted, home is not his home, but he's not at St. Mary's Hospital-Mayo Clinic in Rochester, either.
With a fluctuating economy, jobs come and go. So do people. But what makes someone want to stay with the same employer for years and years? What's the secret to longevity? The Brainerd Dispatch asked our readers "Who's had their job the longest?" and they answered. The secrets are out. These longtime employees have shared the reasons why they still love what they do after all these years. Joe Simons of Crosby is a 58-year employee of Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge.
I led a small women’s retreat for my church last weekend at Miracle Bible Camp in Longville. The theme was “Purse-onality.” We played games, had devotions, praise and worship time, craft time, did a purse exchange, ate too much food and laughed and cried together. It was a great bonding experience for the eight of us. What we didn’t plan on was to venture out to Bear Pause Theater in Hackensack Saturday afternoon to see the movie “God’s Not Dead.”
As I reflect on 2013 so far and consider what I’m thankful for, I realize my list is different from years past. I’ve always been thankful for the “normal” things in my life — family, friends, job, home — and while I’m certainly still thankful for all of that, it’s easy to take those “normal” things for granted. I lost my mom in July. She was 63. I’m very thankful to have had her here for my nearly 40 years on this earth. However, my daughter Bella only had her grandma for three short years. I could be bitter about that, but what good would it really do?
WALKER — I didn’t have a fancy button to push or a big red chair that spun around but I did have a great experience as a judge Saturday at the Texaco Country Showdown talent contest at Northern Lights Casino in Walker.
“I look up to the hills. Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord. He is the maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121: 1-2. If someone had told me last year, a month ago or even just a few weeks ago my family would be making some very important decisions regarding my mom’s health, I wouldn’t have believed them. If someone had told me I was going to lose my mom one week after her 63rd birthday, I would have scoffed at them.
What do you do when the person you lean on and often seek counsel from is now the one in trouble? The tables have turned; roles are reversed. And now they need you. That is exactly what happened to me and my church family this week when our beloved leader and pastor, David Uhrich of Christ Community Church in Nisswa, experienced a brain hemorrhage which then caused a stroke. He was airlifted Tuesday night to St. Cloud Hospital where he remains as of this writing, making slight improvements as the minutes and hours and days go by.
Life is unpredictable. And I know that’s not a news flash to anyone. Sometimes the unpredictability of life does nothing more than keep us on our toes. Other times, we’re thrown a curveball out of nowhere and our lives are turned upside down. As much as we’d like to think we’ve got it all figured out, that we know what we’re doing and how to handle whatever comes at us, we really don’t have a clue. Not even a little bit. And certainly not without the Lord’s grace and mercy. That was the case for me this week.
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