Featured in this issue:

• Her Lifestyle: "God Planted Me Here" (On the cover) - Alyssa Gawboy learned first-hand that real wellness takes a balance of good physical, mental and spiritual health. Submitted photo.

• Her History: Las Sobras The Leftovers - Jan Kurtz takes us on a walk through her family cabin which she now owns.

• Her Table: Comfort Foods - When the seasons change, it's time to change up the menu, too.

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• Her Family: "Thank You for Giving Me Life" - A woman's journey to finding her birth mother.

• Her Story: The Woodhouse Six and the Armistice Day Blizzard - Mavis Galligher describes the "adventure" she and her siblings went on during the Armistice Day Blizzard of 1940.

• Her Miracle: 1% Survival Rate - Jen Salvevold's daughter, Skylar, is a miracle in every sense of the word.

• Her Travels Focus: Pantanal, Brazil - On a trip to Brazil, Gail Clifford learned to work on her focus in more ways than one.

• For Her: Reach Out and Touch Someone

• Her Story: Grandpa's Girl and the Barbie Pole

• Her Health: Roxanne Cibuzar's Health Journey with Celiac

Blessings Abound

I can't believe we've entered the fall season already. It seems like summer just arrived and then, BOOM! It's done. The leaves are turning, the weather is getting cooler and it'll be Thanksgiving before we know it.

Giving thanks is a theme you will recognize throughout this edition of Her Voice. Our cover story features Alyssa Gawboy who had literally hit rock bottom, losing her job, living in her car and having only $3 in her checking account. But following God's guidance for her life, Alyssa came out on the other side. Her success story is amazing.

Mayva Kottke reached out to me a few months ago asking if I'd be interested in her adoption story. She proceeded to explain to me that at the age of 76, she found her birth mother, still alive, at the age of 97! What a blessing! And speaking of blessings, Jen Salvevold tells us the story of her "butterfly," Skylar, who was born with Mosaic Turner Syndrome, and had only a 1-2% survival rate. Jen shares the health journey Skylar went on and how now at 23 years old, is absolutely thriving. What a miracle!

Writer Carolyn Corbett thought our readers might want to hear the miracle that was the Woodhouse Six and the Armistice Day Blizzard. What a story she tells after talking with Mavis (Woodhouse) Gallagher. Mavis and her five siblings got caught in the Armistice Day blizzard near Pillager and ended up staying five days with a family they didn't know but who was willing to take them in.

This edition also includes a local woman who is successfully managing her Celiac disease, a story about a family cabin and its treasured belongings, a little girl and her Barbie fishing pole and much more.

I'm so thankful for the writers who are willing to tell the stories of so many amazing women in the Brainerd lakes area, those amazing women who want their stories told and to all of you, our readers. Thank you for your continued support for Her Voice, a magazine by women, for women, about women.

May blessings abound in this upcoming holiday season.

- Delynn Howard