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Life Lessons: aka Practicing What I Preach

  "Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love." ~Brené Brown I like to think I’m good at “preaching” about the power and strength of empathy and vulnerability in building a healthy world. I even talk about how empathy…
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Connecting through Storytelling

We have many stakeholders in My Refuge House (MRH). Some of you share your time. Some of you share your talents. Some of you share your prayers. Some of you share your friends. For all of this, we are thankful. Each of you plays a significant…
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HOME

“Home is where we start from, but home is also where we are bound for, the place we always seek" ~ David Steindl-Rast I'm heading home today...after a 14 hour direct flight from Cebu to Los Angeles, I will be with my husband…
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You can help us "Fill it up!"

  Dear Lovely Supporters of My Refuge House, Nicole turned 12-years-old right before she moved into My Refuge House (MRH) last November. She has not talked much about the cybersex trafficking she survived when her eldest sister pimped…
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Alleluia is our song

  We are an Easter people, and Alleluia is our song. ~ St. Augustine of Hippo These words can seem so simple, but a second glance begs us to dig a little deeper into the paradox that Easter can represent. Before I met the girls of My…
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PANCAKES FOR SALE: aka Lessons from a six-year-old

This is the story of how I recently learned a lesson in bravery, fundraising, and storytelling from my six year old. For those of you who may not know, when asked what I “do”, my first answer is usually, “I’m a family therapist.”…
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Spark JOY!

“God dropped a spark down into everyone, and if we find and fan it to a blaze, it'll spring up and glow, like the sun, and light the wandering out of stony ways.” ~ John Masefield SPARK JOY! Since my first trip to meet the girls…
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Thankful in Dallas

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." Desmond Tutu November 5th was a magical evening. Fashioned for Freedom was beyond anything we could have dreamed.  The beauty…