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SKIN DEEP EXPOSURES EXPOSING BEAUTIFUL FROM THE INSIDE OUT 2013 © NAOMI MAUTZ PHOTOGRAPHY


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I am wife and mother of three. I love the outdoors, hiking, rock climbing, camping, soccer, basketball and barbecues. When not behind a camera, I can often be found curled up in my favorite chair reading a book or star-gazing with my husband and kids.   I started my own photography studio in 2009. As a Photographer, my passion lies in seeing beauty in unexpected places. I use my photographs to tell a story and I go into every job searching for the little things, the subtle details that create a unique insight into my subjects. While my portfolio includes a wide range of styles and mediums including commercial, advertising, fashion and landscapes, my true passion lies in photographing people. I am a people- watcher by nature and I have always been very sensitive to others. I tend to be able to pick up on subtle things about someone that others don't normally see. I love shooting portraits because it gives me an opportunity to use my camera to paint beautiful portraits of people that reveal different pieces of them in their uniqueness. My passion to find the uniqueness in others is what inspired the Skin Deep Exposures Project and later the Magazine. I believe it is so important for each of us to discover who we are within ourselves and then learn to truly live in that discovery. We all have so much to offer beyond what we look like. It is such a shame to be chained in by the expectations of a society that insists we be identified by what is on the outside. Our skin is such a small piece of who we are and it does not sum up our worth. My hope for this magazine and this project is to reach as many women and girls as possible and inspire them to find their inner beauty. I hope to help this generation of women learn to love themselves for all that they are and all that they are not and to be an inspiration to the next generation to do the same. I am so humbled by the amazing team of men and women who have chosen to take on this project with me and let their voices be heard. As you read through our magazine, we pray that you would find hope, encouragement and maybe a few laughs. We hope that you will be inspired to find the depth of your own true beauty from the inside out. God Bless,

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A Legacy of Brotherhood

 

BY MICHAEL MAUTZ

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From  left  to  right:  My  Great  Uncle  Ted,  Great  Uncle  Perry,  Great  Uncle  Richard,  and  My  Grandfather  Robert.    All  four  of  these  brothers  served  during  World  War  II.  My  great  uncle  Ted  was  posted  as  a  guard  for  an  American  POW  camp.  My  great   uncle  Perry  was  sent  as  reinforcement  into  the  Battle  of  the  Bulge  and  was  killed  by  a  sniper.  My  great  uncle  Richard  was  an  Army   Paratrooper  who  served  in  the  Pacific  during  the  war.  And  his  twin  brother  Robert,  my  Grandfather,  was  a  Ball  Turret  Gunner  in  a  B17   Bomber  serving  in  the  Air  Corps.  My  grandfather  was  shot  down  in  1943  over  France  during  his  first  bombing  run.  He  was  taken  to  Poland   and  later  Germany  and  was  held  as  a  POW  for  18  months  before  being  released.      

From  a  young  age  I  was  instilled  with  a  deep  love  for  my  country,  a  sense  of  honor  and  a  duty  to  always  take   a  stand  for  what  so  many  before  me  have  fought  and  died  for.  The  military  was  handed  down  through  the   generations  of  my  family;  it  was  a  right  of  passage.  I  remember  sitting  entranced  as  my  grandfather  recounted   terrifying  stories  of  war,  impossible  tales  of  heroism,  gut-­‐wrenching  memories  of  loss  and  sacrifice  and  awe   inspiring  accounts  of  friendships  and  the  bonds  of  brotherhood.  My  Papa  too  would  tell  stories  of  honor  and  duty   from  his  own  years  served  in  the  Navy  during  the  Viet  Nam  War.     The  moment  I  turned  eighteen  I  knew  what  my  future  held,  I  knew  the  path  I  would  travel.  Mine  was  to  be  a   life  lived  upholding  the  great  honor  and  duty  that  had  been  so  deeply  rooted  in  my  heart  since  childhood.  There  was   such  a  great  since  of  pride  and  purpose  as  I  left  home,  sea  bag  slung  over  my  shoulder,  headed  off  to  boot  camp   followed  by  service  in  the  United  States  Navy  as  an  electronics  technician.  I  spent  six  years  in  the  service  of  this   great  country.  The  Navy  afforded  me  a  specialized  education,  trained  me  in  a  career  path  that  I  was  passionate   about  and  showed  me  the  world.  The  Navy  showed  me  what  it  meant  to  be  a  man,  to  stand  for  something  bigger   than  myself  and  it  embedded  a  pride  and  accountability  for  the  sacrifices  this  country  was  built  upon.  I  never  saw   war  during  my  time  in  service  and  I  have  a  deep  respect  for  those  who  have.  I  am  thankful  for  the  men  and  women   who  continue  to  serve  our  country.  I  have  a  deep  gratitude  for  those  who  fight  for  the  rights  that  each  one  of  us   often  take  for  granted.  These  men  and  women  are  true  American  Heroes.  They  are  the  shoulders  upon  which  our   freedom  is  carried.  I  will  never  forget  those  who  have  served  and  those  who  have  died  to  impart  those  rights  to  me   and  I  will  be  forever  proud  to  call  myself  an  American.   4  

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As we celebrate Independence Day through this issue of Skin Deep Exposures, I want to pause and thank all the brave men and women who fight for our rights and freedom every day. I know I’m sometimes overwhelmed by the bravery and courage they show in the line of duty. It is because of their willingness to put their life on the line for our liberties that we can enjoy the comforts and privileges of being an American. I’ve never had to make a decision that could have cost me my life. I’ve never had to take a stand at the cost of my own safety. I’m thankful that I’ve been able to enjoy such a safe and secure life, but I often find myself wondering, “What if?” I am constantly thinking of scenarios that would test my faith. What if I lost everything, would I remain firm in my faith? What if I knew I was dying, would I be strong? What if I had to fight, would I bravely face my enemy? Most often I find myself wondering, when the time comes for me to stand up for what I know is right, do I possess the courage to do it no matter the cost? Do you? -Melinda Thompson

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Contents

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EDITOR’S LETTER

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A LEGACY OF BROTHERHOOD

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CONTRIBUTORS

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HALF- BAKED HUMAN

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ONCE UPON A TIME

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REFLECTIONS

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IN THE DETAILS

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THE DADDY DIARIES

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WHAT IS SKIN DEEP EXPOSURES?

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EXPOSED FEATURE

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ON THE COVER

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EVERYDAY HEROES

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BYGONE BEAUTY

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HEALTHY LIVING

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THE MALE BOX

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CREDITS

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THE POET’S VOICE

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JOIN THE PROJECT

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Contributors

NAOMI MAUTZ editor-­‐in-­‐chief    

GIDEON & MELINDA THOMPSON production  assistant   features  manager  

JOE CARNS senior  editor  

MICHAEL MAUTZ creative  services  manager  

WENDY CARNS editor  /  writer  

KATY MARTURANO features  writer  

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MELINDA STRUSKA certified  personal  trainer  

CHRISTA WOLFE features  writer  

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HALF-­‐BAKED HUMAN We all have embarrassing and hardto-live-down experiences in our lives, especially as we age, right? I certainly hope so, due to the fact that I seem to have more than my fair share of these mortifying times. Times when I am sure that my only option is to put a bag over my head, pitch a tent in the mountains, where no one can find me, and attempt to grow a beard. I had one of these experiences a while back, during what I thought would be my very last physical therapy appointment. If you were trying to guess and have already run through the obvious, and not-so-uncommon disasters of fainting, hurling, or ill-timed flatulence, you would be wrong. There is at least one more disaster, of which I will relate in order to educate others, who may at some point in time, be in the same predicament.

Read the rest of this article by Christa Wolfe on page 21

 

THANK YOU Firefighters and First Responders! Photo  by  Naomi  Mautz    

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Once Upon a Time there were two friends who loved to dance and play and imagine they were fairy princesses in a far away magical kngdom…

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“Your present circumstances don't

determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.” -NIDO QUBEIN-

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By Christa Wolfe Allow me set the story up a bit. I have a right knee injury in conjunction with preexisting connective tissue damage, which forces me to endure cruel and unusual torture. A well-meaning physical therapist, a female aide and a male aide administer this torture. The male aide is the co-star of this story. He is a wonderfully sweet 25 year-old cutie-pie surfer dude whom I will call Max. Max is notorious for his ability to maintain calm and control in the most difficult of circumstances. 
I am his newest nightmare. 
 Now, as I was flying through my exercises and counting the minutes until I was finished and free to live my life without rocking shuttle balances, torturous rock boards and Total Gyms, (just to name a very few) I was introduced to the devil's own workout machine. This particular instrument of torture is called the Kin-Com. In order to use this device, I must have my injured leg strapped against an arm that has the ability to move up and down at lightning speeds, carrying my hapless, injured limb with it. There is nothing that I can do, short of yanking the plug, to stop the machine once it has started. It was as I am enduring the persecution of the Kin-Com one day, that the physical therapist notices that my leg is shifting within the casing of the device. This is causing me to be launched forward every time the control arm starts to move (remember: lightning speed). He yells for Max to strap my leg in tighter. Max hits a pause key on the computer and yanks hard on the strap to tighten it, and then starts it back up. It still isn't tight enough, so he tries again. Max is pulling with all of his strength, thinking that surely he is hurting me. He has forgotten that I have pushed five people out of my body and am virtually impervious to this pathetic effort to make me admit that I am two seconds from biting him. Once I have been tightened, Max turns the machine back on and despite his best effort it is still shifting. The physical therapist then tells him to strap the seat belt around my waist.  

SEAT BELT!!! So Max stands in front of me and begins to search for the straps of the belt, which are hanging down the sides of my seat. In all of the confusion, he completely forgets to hit the PAUSE button on the computer. He doesn’t realize that he has a mere 15 seconds to find the straps, wrap them around me and click them into place before take off. Not a huge deal really, except that he is straddling the control arm that has my leg attached to it. Yep! Without any warning I am suddenly pumping front kick after front kick into this poor fellas Casanovas. Sure, he went about four feet in the air after the initial hit, but he had to come back down and sure enough my witless leg was waiting for him. (Lightning speed I tell you). Well, I screamed, he screamed, and the physical therapy audience erupted.

Without any warning I am suddenly pumping front kick after front kick into this poor fellas Casanovas. I slapped my hands over my face, with my leg still flying through the air and waited until the uproar died down. When the torture ended, I peaked through my hands to make sure that Max was gone. After quickly confirming that he was, I exited the vehicle with zero grace and went to lie down. The female aide iced my knee during which time I am sure poor max was snuggling up to his own ice bag. The physical therapist then informed me that I would be coming back for at least 2 more sessions. I thought this was my last visit and that I would never see poor Max again, but alas, the physical therapist, apparently needs more entertainment in his life. Maybe next week Max will wear a cup.   21  

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“MY TWO CENTS”

Imagine This… As a dad, I feel it is my job to encourage a creative imagination in my kids. My wife has done an excellent job with this in regards to the arts but I tend to have a different approach. I distinctly remember playing with my action figures (NOT dolls!!!) as a kid (oh, and recently with my kids toys when no-one is looking!) There were many adventures had as a result of my very vivid imagination. I'm talking death defying HALO (High Altitude Low Opening) G.I. Joe parachute jumps down the open abyss of the stairs into the unknown dangers below. There were deep sea (bathtub) adventures avoiding man-eating water monsters (my older brother). One of my G.I. Joes even braved the intergalactic mysteries of deep space in my model rocket kit. He was joined by a live frog we had drafted, who was not too thrilled about the mission, he seemed a little jumpy. As ninja T.V. shows grew popular I once tried to pop an actual tire with an ACTUAL ninja star. I quickly learned not to believe everything I saw on T.V. as that insanely sharp weapon bounced off of the tire and abruptly reversed its trajectory barely missing my brain. After I recovered from the narrow escape, I turned to see that it had securely embedded itself into the thick wooden fence directly behind me. So you get the point, adventures were had and, on more than one occasion, were ordered never to be had again. Despite all the fun that a vivid imagination can bring, I found early on that there is a definite bad side to uncensored exposure to the frightening side of the coin. My mom used to come home with a stack full of VHS tapes (anyone remember those?) of one specific genre, horror! Perhaps my imagination is running wild here but I vividly remember her grinning at me across the couch as she said, "There is no way I am watching these by myself so you will have to watch them with me." Thus the back-to-back horror-thon would ensue. Needless to say, my Imagination and I suffered through many childhood nightmares. Years later (like a couple of weeks ago) I learned to cope with my nightmares. After waking up sweating and panicking I taught myself how to go back to sleep and, not unlike the movie The Matrix, would re enter my nightmares lucidly and then systematically hunt down whatever scared me and decimate it with whatever super powers I deemed worthy of the task. Now that I have kids I want to somehow pass on this acquired skill of using the imagination for fun, creativity and fighting common fears. We do our best as

By Michael Mautz

parents to explain that there are no monsters laying in wait in closets or under beds and that God is infinitely greater than the biggest, scariest monsters they could think of. I like to add that, if monsters do exist, daddy has developed an acquired taste for them and if any of my kids thinks they have spotted one they should immediately grab the salt and pepper and point me in the right direction. They usually get a kick out of this. Upon being frantically shaken awake very early one morning by my little girl who had just had a monster nightmare, I excitedly asked, "Is it breakfast time already?" I was rewarded with a wrinkled look that said, "Dad, your being silly." The monster was soon forgotten when giggles ensued as I climbed out of bed claiming that now I was hungry and went in search of the elusive monster. Recently, my son, a very literal kid, melted my heart when he told me about a nightmare he had had. He went on to explain that he had attempted to go back into the dream to defeat the scary thing as I had suggested but that it hadn’t worked. I asked him why it didn't work to which he replied, (dead serious and quite frustrated), "Because I took you into the dream with me and you kept eating all of the monsters before I could get a chance to get them!" J I believe you have become "too old" only when you have lost your sense of imagination. A popular commercial when I was a child was set to the song, "I don't want to grow up, I'm a Toys-R-Us kid..." It featured grown men and women playing with toys when no one else was looking. I remember thinking that this is how I wanted to be when I got older (my wife can attest I never actually "grew up"). Yes, being grounded in reality is important and has its merits but there is something to be said about a healthy imagination. It is important to keep life in perspective and there is a powerful magic that comes from the wonder of a childlike imagination. My kids are still young and the world seems to be fighting to make them grow up way too fast. Why do we rush our kids into life lessons of the heartaches of reality and crushed hope? Right now magic lives in the hearts of my children in the form of Santa and the tooth fairy and super dads who eat scary monsters for breakfast. That magic is their innocence and I for one, hope they never lose that twinkle of possibility in their little eyes.

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In the heart of every woman lives a little girl, a princess waiting to be rescued from her tower.

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BRITT NICOLE gold You were walking on the moon, now you're feeling low What they said wasn't true, you're beautiful Sticks and stones break your bones, I know what you're feeling Words like those won't steal your glow, you're one in a million This, this is for all the girls, boys all over the world Whatever you've been told, you're worth more than gold So hold your head up high, it's your time to shine From the inside out it shows, you're worth more than gold Well everybody keeps score, afraid you're gonna lose Just ignore they don't know the real you All the rain in the sky can't put out your fire Of all the stars out tonight, you shine brighter This, this is for all the girls, boys all over the world Whatever you've been told, you're worth more than gold So hold your head up high, it's your time to shine From the inside out it shows, you're worth more than gold So don't let anybody tell you that you're not loved And don't let anybody tell you that you're not enough Yeah there are days when we all feel like we're messed up But the truth is that we're all diamonds in the rough So don't be ashamed to wear your crown You're a king you're a queen inside and out You glow like the moon, you shine like the stars This is for you, wherever you are

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This, this is for all the girls, boys all over the world Whatever you've been told, you're worth more than gold (So hold your head) So hold your head up high, It's your time to shine From the inside out it shows, you're worth more than gold So don't be ashamed to wear your crown You're a king you're a queen inside and out. 27  

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The SKIN DEEP EXPOSURES Project is a call to action, encouraging women everywhere to stand up against insecurity. It is a challenge to discover a beauty that is more than SKIN DEEP in order to be an example and an inspiration. The next generation of beautiful girls deserves the chance to become amazing women and it is up to you and I to set the example for them!

Find  out  more  about  the     SKIN  DEEP  EXPOSURES   Project  by  visiting:      

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The Interview ME:  Christa!  I  am  so  excited  to  have  you  as   part  of  the  Skin  Deep  Project.  You  have  such   a  beautiful  story.    To  start,  can  you  tell  us  a   little  bit  about  yourself?     CHRISTA:  I  am  a  military  wife  and  a  mom  to   five  children  who  are  my  life.  My  husband  is   in  the  Air  Force  and  since  he  has  been  gone   for  so  much  of  my  children’s  lives,  they  are   very  close  to  me.  I  was  raised  in  a  military   home,  with  my  dad  being  a  chaplain  in  the  Air   Force  and  my  mom,  a  full-­‐time  nurse.  I  have   four  siblings  and  none  of  us  really  had  a  full-­‐ time  parent  to  care  about  what  we  were   doing  from  day  to  day,  or  to  encourage  us  to   be  better  because  we  were  precious.  I  want   my  kids  to  know  that  I  care,  and  that  I  think   they  are  amazing.  My  self-­‐esteem  is  very   damaged  and  I  do  not  want  that  for  my  own   kids.         ME:  What  inspires  you?       CHRISTA:  I  am  most  inspired  by  people,   particularly  children,  who  are  enduring   devastating  illness,  injury  or  loss,  and  they   still  manage  to  maintain  their  faith  in  God  and   remain  hopeful  of  His  plan  for  their  life.     ME:  When  you  have  time  to  yourself,  what   are  some  of  the  hobbies  or  activities  that   you  enjoy?     CHRISTA:  I  love  to  sing.  I  also  love  art,   drawing  and  painting.  I  love  the  English   language.  I  find  it  so  beautiful,  and  so  I  also   love  to  write.     ME:  What  unique  gifts,  talents  or   qualifications  do  you  have?  These  can  be   things  that  come  very  naturally  to  you  or   things  that  you  have  worked  very  hard  to   achieve.  

CHRISTA:  I  am  a  very  simple  person.  I  am   probably  most  qualified  to  wear  a  hot  dog   uniform  on  a  street  corner!  However,  I  do  think   that  I  have  a  gift  for  listening  to  others.  It  is  often   hard  to  find  someone  who  understands  the  need   to  just  be  quiet  and  listen.  So  often  people  just   need  an  ear  to  listen  to  them  and  not  another   mouth  to  instruct  them.     I  am  also  good  at  making  people  laugh  in   situations  where  their  first  instinct  is  to  cry.       ME:  Tell  me  something  about  yourself  that  most   people  may  not  know.  Is  there  some   characteristic  or  quality  you  have  that  makes   you  unique?       CHRISTA:  I  am  a  very  ritualistic  person.  I  have   developed  a  bedtime  ritual  at  night  with  my  kids.   I  have  to  go  around  and  say  prayers  and  kiss  each   of  my  babies  the  exact  same  way  every  night.   After  they  fall  asleep,  I  always  stand  over  them   and  thank  God  for  giving  them  to  me  and  then  I   run  my  fingers  down  their  necks  to  make  sure   there  is  nothing  that  could  choke  them.  When   they  go  off  to  college,  my  husband  may  have  to   get  used  to  me  checking  him  for  choking  hazards   at  night!  J        

ME:  Describe  any  phobias,  fears  or  inner   struggles  that  you  deal  with.  Is  there  a  reason   behind  them?     CHRISTA:  I  do  not  like  snakes  at  all.   Fundamentally,  I  think  maybe  the  lack  of  arms   and  legs  might  be  the  issue.      

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“I am very close with my kids. I think my calling in life is to be a mom. My kids will be the first to tell you that I am always on top of what is going on in their lives. They call it smothering… I call it my responsibility as a mom.”  

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“The greatest compliment for me is when someone tells me I am like my mom. She is the most beautiful, caring person.”

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“I love to laugh and make others laugh. I laugh the most when I am with my kids. We like to joke around with each other a lot. We can be pretty obnoxious sometimes and even in public places we often get sideways looks. I want my kids to be confident and to know that they are truly loved no matter what. I don’t want to hold them back. Having fun and knowing that my kids are happy are the most important things to me.”

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Issue  [#]:  [Issue  Date]   However,  my  greatest  fear  is  losing  the  people  I   love.  I  know  that  I  will  see  them  again,  but  my   selfish  human  side  wants  to  be  able  to  hug  them   and  know  that  they  are  at  least  within  the  realm  of   a  phone  call  at  all  times.       ME:      Tell  me  something  about  yourself  that  is   often  misunderstood,  something  you  wish  more   people  knew  about  you.       CHRISTA:    I  was  terribly  overweight  until  my  second   year  of  college,  so  I  have  never  been  a  confident   person.  I  struggle  in  large  groups,  but  thrive  in  one   on  one  situations.  Since  college  my  face  and  body   have  changed  enough  that  acquaintances  from   childhood  do  not  recognize  me.  People  who  are   new  in  my  life,  though  do  not  know  a  lot  about  my   history  and  they  often  struggle  to  understand  why  I   am  not  more  outgoing.  I  tend  to  be  very  introverted   and  socially  distant  at  first,  as  a  force  of  habit  I   guess.  It  has  always  been  a  defense  mechanism  for   me  to  hold  back  instead  of  being  rejected.  For  the   most  part  others  judge  me  very  early  on  as  being   aloof  and  self-­‐absorbed.    I  am  really  none  of  those   things,  I  am  just  careful.       ME:  Tell  me  about  a  particular  experience  in  your   life  that  caused  you  to  recognize  a  deep,  genuine   beauty  in  yourself  or  someone  else.     CHRISTA:  When  my  grandfather  passed  away,  my   mother  stepped  forward  as  caretaker  to  my   grandmother.  My  mom  had  five  children  of  her  own   to  take  care  of  and  my  grandmother  was  very  sick,   and  completely  bed-­‐ridden.  My  mother  would  lift   her  every  day  to  do  all  of  the  undesired  necessities   such  as  changing  bed  pads,  changing  diapers,   bathing,  inserting  and  extracting  catheters,   administering  insulin  and  maintaining  a  very  strict   diabetic  diet.  My  mother  also  took  Grandmother  in   for  all  of  the  necessary  tests  and  screenings,   surgeries  and  yearly  exams.  My  mother  nursed   Grandmother  through  a  mastectomy  as  the  result   of  breast  cancer,  a  diagnosis  of  Hep  A  and  Hep  B,   congestive  heart  failure  and  numerous  bouts  of   pneumonia.      

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The  most  humbling  part  was  that  my  grandmother   was  an  incredibly  mean  person.  Through  the  course  of   my  mother’s  life,  my  grandmother  was  extremely   abusive  to  her  and  told  her  that  she  did  not  love  her.   In  spite  of  a  lifetime  worth  of  pain  that  my  mother   endured  at  the  hand  of  this  woman,  my  mother  took   beautiful  and  loving  care  of  her.  Mom  had  five  of  her   own  children  at  home,  a  husband  who  was  gone  a  lot   for  the  Air  Force  and  a  full  time  nursing  job.  My   mother  did  not  have  to  care  for  my  grandmother,  and   no  one  would  have  blamed  her  if  she  hadn’t  but  she   chose  to  anyway.  My  grandmother  lived  for  six  years   after  my  grandfather  died.  She  was  very  loved  by  the   child  she  had  neglected  and  abused  while  it  was  her   responsibility  to  be  the  caretaker.  My  mother  taught   me  what  true  unconditional  love  and  forgiveness   looks  like  and  she  remains  one  of  the  most  truly   beautiful  people  I  have  ever  known.       ME:  What  is  the  legacy  you  hope  to  leave  behind  for   your  children  and  those  whose  lives  will  be  affected   by  yours?     CHRISTA:  I  want  my  children  to  remember  me  as   someone  who  was  always  talking  to  God.  I  want  my   legacy  to  be  one  of  a  prayerful  woman  always  seeking   God’s  will.  I  want  to  be  remembered  as  someone  who   saw  the  needs  around  her  and  then  did  something   about  them.  And  most  of  all,  I  want  my  children  to   remember  me  as  a  mother  who  was  deeply  proud  of   them  and  loved  them  more  than  they  will  ever  know,   unconditionally.    

Watch  Christa’s  Video  Interview  online.     Naomimautzphotoblog.com/sdemag  

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WHAT IS A HERO? The simple definition of a hero is, someone with compassion, empathy and a willingness to stand for good no matter what. We recognize the heroes among us who serve in the military, fire department, police department and an array of medical professions. Are these the only heroes among us? I think not. I fully believe that each and every one of us has the capability of being a hero. Let me share with you a morning that changed my outlook on life and restored my faith in humanity. Have you heard of the Pay It Forward movement? Neither had I until I walked into a gas station one morning. Stumbling through the double doors, I went straight to the coffee machine avoiding eye contact of any kind. I was on a mission. I needed at least a sip of coffee before I could be pleasant to anyone, let alone a convenient store full of strangers. I poured my cup, took a sip and proceeded to the counter to pay. There was a short line but people seem to move aggravatingly slow at gas stations. I felt my patience waning as I sent up a prayer that no one in front of me had the need for a lottery ticket. The line consisted of three of us. A lady at the front, a man behind her, and I brought up the rear. We all three yawned and hugged our newly acquired coffees. As the lady in the front stepped forward to pay, I heard her say, a little too cheerfully for so early in the morning, “I’d like to pay for my coffee and that of the man behind me”. I think everyone was stunned for a second. The clerk gave her a weird look but rang up both coffees. More than a little shocked, the man awkwardly offered his thanks. In response she smiled and said, “Just remember to pay it forward” before turning and skipping out of the gas station.

In response she smiled and said, “ Just remember to pay it forward”. BY KATY MARTURANO

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I couldn’t help but smile, and I wasn’t even disappointed that the man in front of me failed to pay it forward and buy my coffee. In fact I was disappointed that I was the last one in line and had no one but myself to buy coffee for. That simple act brightened my whole day and now if I have some extra money I do the same thing for an unsuspecting stranger. It’s not expensive to buy an extra cup of coffee and it has such a huge impact. Paying it forward doesn’t always have to cost money. Even something as small as a kind word to someone can make all the difference in their attitude and outlook. We’re all in this together and sometimes we forget that. We tend to focus inward and ignore the fact that we could be the change we wish to see in others. I think it is time all of us open up and see the strangers around us. We never know what is going on with the guy or girl in line behind us at the gas station. Maybe we could be a hero for them by just sharing our heart, a smile or an extra couple of dollars for a cup of coffee. Anyone of us could be someone else’s “hero” today. 41  

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                         BYGONE  BEAUTY  

Our   world   is   changing,   that   is   undeniable.   Our   nation   has   largely  turned  away  from  God.  There  is  no  fear  for  his  wrath  and   no   reverence   for   his   mercy.   As   the   scripture   says   in   Isaiah   5:20,   “Woe   to   those   who   call   evil   good,   and   good   evil;   who   substitute   darkness  for  light  and  light  for  darkness;  who  substitute  bitter  for   sweet  and  sweet  for  bitter!”  If  I  am  faced  with  the  opportunity  to   stand   up   for   what   I   know   to   be   right   and   true   and   good,   or   sit   quietly,  what  will  I  do? One  woman,  Rahab,  had  to  make  these  difficult  choices.  Beyond   her  courage,  compassion  and  decision  to  do  what  was  right,  the   most  beautiful  thing  to  come  out  of  her  story  was  the  display  of   God’s  grace.  In  Joshua  2  and  Joshua  6,  we  are  given  the  story  of   Jericho.  The  people  of  Jericho  were  an  immoral  people.  Through   their  defiance  and  deviance,  they  had  brought  on  their  own   destruction.  God’s  anger  burned  against  them  and  he  planned  to   utterly  destroy  them  because  of  their  unrepentant  hearts.  When   Joshua  sends  two  spies  in  to  scout  the  city,  God  puts  into  motion   the  beautiful  story  of  Rahab,  an  unlikely  hero.     Rahab  was  a  prostitute.  If  you’re  like  me,  you  tend  to   categorize  sins.  These  sins  are  worse  than  those  sins,  and  that   person  is  worse  than  this  person.  But  all  sin  separates  us  from   God,  (Isaiah  59:1-­‐2).  When  I  hear  the  word  prostitute,  or  harlot     as  it  says  in  the  NASB,  I  immediately  make  a  judgment.  I  know  that   was  purposeful  and  that  God  used  Rahab  to  teach  us  about  his   goodness  and  his  grace,  but  more  on  that  in  a  minute.     When  Joshua’s  two  spies  snuck  into  the  city  of  Jericho,  they  found   shelter  in  the  home  of  Rahab.  The  King  of  Jericho  was  notified  that   there  were  spies  in  his  city.  He  sent  word  to  Rahab  and  told  her  to   hand  over  the  spies  in  her  home.  This  is  where  Rahab  earns  her   place  in  the  heroes  of  faith  hall  of  fame.  Faced  with  an  impossible   decision,  one  that  put  her  life  and  the  lives  of  all  of  her  family  on   the  line,  Rahab  chose  to  hide  the  spies.  She  chose  to  risk   everything  for  something  she  knew  was  right.  This  woman,  a  lowly   prostitute,  knew  in  her  heart  that  God  was  in  control.  She  tells  the   spies  that  she  knows  “the  Lord  has  given  you  the  land.”  She  shares   with  them  how  all  of  Jericho  heard  about  the  miraculous  things   God  had  done  for  his  chosen  people  and  how  the  knowledge  of   these  things  terrified  the  rebellious  city.  In  short,  they  knew  they   were  next  on  the  list  to  be  destroyed.     Here’s  the  best  part;    Rahab  then  says  to  them  in  Joshua  2:11,     43  

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Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

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“When  we  heard  it,  our  hearts  melted  and  no  courage  remained  in  any  man  any  longer  because  of   you;  for  the  Lord  your  God,  He  is  God  in  heaven  above  and  on  earth  beneath.”  Even  though  the  city  was     in  a  state  of  fear  and  despair,  Rahab  believed  in  the  one  true  God  and  his  power  to  save.  This  faith  and  belief     gave  her  courage  to  do  something  dangerous,  crazy  even,  because  she  knew  it  was  right.  She  protected  the  men     of   God   and   in   return   asked   them   to   spare   her   when   they   destroy   the   city.   But   she   didn’t   just   ask   them   to   spare   her   life.   Rahab   pleaded   for   the   lives   of   her   entire   family.   Because   of   her   faith   in   God   and   her   courage   to   act   in   the   face   of  danger,  her  and  her  family  were  spared.       If  placed  in  a  similar  situation,  would  you  make  the  same  choice?  Could  you  do  what  you  knew  to  be  right   even  if  you  were  afraid?  Could  you  do  it  no  matter  the  price?  I  hope  that  the  courage  and  faith  of  Rahab  gives  us  all   the   strength   to   follow   her   example,   even   in   the   face   of   adversity.   There   is   more   to   this   story   than   just   the   message   of  faith  and  courage.  The  fact  that  God  chose  Rahab,  a  woman  who  made  her  living  through  sin,  to  fulfill  his  will  is   so  important.  He  chose  a  woman  who  was  looked  down  upon  and  despised  to  become  a  hero  for  his  nation.  We  are   told   in   Joshua   6:25,   “Rahab   the   harlot   and   her   father's   household   and   all   she   had,   Joshua   spared;   and   she   has   lived   in  the  midst  of  Israel  to  this  day,  for  she  hid  the  messengers  whom  Joshua  sent  to  spy  out  Jericho.”   It  is  important  to  realize  that  Rahab’s  life  was  spared,  but  more  than  that,  she  was  saved.  She  was  embraced  as  one   of   the   chosen   people   of   God   because   of   her   faith   and   her   courage   to   act   on   that   faith.   Isn’t   this   our   story   also?   We   are   lost,   condemned   to   die,   and   defined   by   our   sin.   It   is   only   by   God’s   grace   and   the   gift   of   his   son   Jesus   Christ   that   we  are  saved.  It  is  not  because  of  who  we  are  because  we  are  no  better  off  than  Rahab.  God  showers  his  love  and   grace   on   us   when   we   have   a   repentant   heart   and   chose   obedient   to   the   Gospel   of   Christ.   There   are   no   stipulations,   no  past  too  heinous  for  God  to  wash  away.  As  we  are  told  in  1  John  1:9,  “If  we  confess  our  sins,  He  is  faithful  and   righteous  to  forgive  us  our  sins  and  to  cleanse  us  from  all  unrighteousness.”  Let  us  not  only  rejoice  in  God’s  grace,   but  also  increase  our  faith  and  take  a  courageous  stand  as  Rahab  did.       Just  as  we  remember  to  thank  the  soldiers  who  live  courageously,  risking  so  much  every  day  and  sometimes   laying   down   their   lives   for   the   sake   of   our   freedom,   let’s   not   forget   to   look   heavenward,   thanking   God,   who   gave  the  sacrifice  of  his  son  to  release  us  from  sin  and  grant  us  ultimate  freedom.  Today  I  challenge  you,  my   fellow  beautiful,  courageous  women.  Let  us  stand  up  for  what  is  right,  for  what  is  good,  for  what  is  noble  for   what  we  know  in  our  hearts  to  be  true,  no  matter  the  cost.  

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By  MeLinda  Struska     As a personal trainer I have a deep desire to help adult and teenage women become the people they were meant to be. I don’t believe God wants us to be unhealthy and overweight. It hinders us in our daily schedule of school, work and family. It can also limit our enjoyment of many activities life has to offer. We were created individually with our own shapes and figures and what is right for you is between you and God. I am here to guide you on your way. I want to encourage you to make good choices in order to live a healthy life daily. One of the most common things I hear is, “I don’t have time and I don’t have money and healthy living is both time consuming and expensive!” It doesn’t have to be. Living a healthy life isn’t always about joining a gym and shopping at expensive grocery stores. Living healthy is about getting into the habit of making healthy decisions.     Healthy decision-making can be achieved by taking control of these four important areas of your life. YOUR THOUGHTS- positive thinking goes a long way in determining the decisions you ultimately make throughout the day. Keep your thoughts focused on uplifting things and visualize the future. YOUR FEELINGS- Eating makes us feel good and certain foods make us feel really good… for a minute. When we are not careful it becomes easy to fall into the habit of making eating an emotional experience or even a form of temporary therapy. YOUR ACTIONS- It is important to separate the act of providing your body with sustenance from the act of eating to fulfill some unmet desire or sudden urge. Do not make decisions compulsively. Stop and ask yourself what the consequences will be.

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“Living a healthy life is all about getting into the habit of making healthy decisions.”

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1.  Push  Ups-­‐  This  exercise  strengthens   your  arm  muscles.    It  is  performed  by   lying  face  down  with  the  palms  of  your   hands  on  the  floor  straight  under  your   shoulders.    Keeping  your  body  straight   from  head  to  toe,  push  your  body  up   and  down  using  your  arms.    For  a   beginner’s  version,  keep  your  body   straight  from  your  head  to  your  knees,   and  keep  your  knees  resting  on  the  floor.     2.  Leg  Lifts-­‐This  exercise  strengthens   your  glutes  and  hamstring.  It  is   performed  by  getting  down  on  your   hands  and  knees  and  slowly  lifting  your   leg  behind  you  in  an  arc  as  high  as   comfortable.    Slowly  bring  your  leg  back   to  the  starting  position  and  repeat  for  30   seconds.    Switch  legs  after  30  seconds.     3.  Jumping  Jacks-­‐This  exercise   strengthens  your  cardio  endurance.    It  is   performed  by  jumping  to  a  position  with   the  legs  spread  wide  and  your  hands   touching  over  your  head  and  then   returning  to  your  feet  together  and  your   arms  at  your  sides.  

4.  Bicycles-­‐This  exercise  strengthens   your  abdominals.    Lie  with  your  lower   back  pressed  flat  on  the  floor.    Place   hands  gently  behind  head.    Lift  your   knees  to  a  45  degree  angle.    Slowly  go   make  the  motion  of  pedaling.     Alternately  touch  your  elbows  to  the   opposite  knee  as  you  twist  back  and   forth.    Make  sure  you  breathe   throughout  the  entire  exercise.     5.  Bicep  Curls-­‐This  exercise  strengthens   your  arms,  especially  your  bicep.  Stand   with  a  dumbbell  in  each  hand.  Elbows   should  be  close  to  your  waist.    Rotate   your  hands  until  the  weight  are  facing  up   with  your  palms  tightly  squeezed.  Curl   the  weights  forward  or  up  until  they  are   at  shoulder  level.    Slowly,  bring  the   dumbbells  back  down  to  the  starting   position     6.  Jump  Rope-­‐This  exercise  strengthens   your  cardio  endurance.    You  remember   this  from  elementary  school.    Swing  the   rope  over  your  head,  and  then  jump   through  each  time  it  reaches  your  feet.     A  hop  or  skip  is  fine.        

7.  Calf  Raises-­‐This  exercise  strengthens   your  calves.    To  perform  this  exercise,   stand  with  the  front  half  of  your  feet  on   the  edge  of  a  step  or  flat,  raised  surface.     If  balance  is  an  issue,  rest  your  hands  on   a  wall  or  railing.  Raise  your  heels  until   you  are  standing  on  your  tiptoes.    Slowly   lower  your  heels  to  the  starting  position.     8.  Wall  Sits-­‐This  exercise  strengthens   your  quadricep  muscles.    It  is  performed   by  sitting  against  a  wall  as  if  there  were  a   chair  underneath  you,  and  sliding  down   to  form  two  right  angles  at  your  knees   and  waist.    Your  feet  should  be  shoulder   width  apart.     Safely  do  as  many  repetitions  of  each   exercise  as  you  can  in  1  minute.    When   the  minute  is  complete,  switch  directly   to  the  next  exercise  until  you  have   completed  all  8  in  the  circuit.    Use  a   stopwatch,  clock,  or  phone  app  to  keep   track  of  time.  Start  with  one  time   through  the  entire  circuit,  and  add   additional  circuits  as  you  are  able.   Always  warm  up  before  beginning  to   exercise,  and  also  cool  down  and  stretch   after  your  workout  is  complete.    (Before   beginning  any  exercise  routine,  consult   your  Doctor.)   50  

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Are you enjoying your life as it is right now? If not, give these simple ideas a try. You will have more energy and you will be proud of your accomplishments. When you feel great from the inside out, it shows. Having confidence makes you look and feel beautiful. Take the 30 Days of Healthy Living Challenge. Use the accountability calendar on page 50 (download your copy HERE) and put it on your refrigerator. Mark off each day that you live healthy. Let me know how you did. I am excited to hear from you! Let’s get started living a healthier lifestyle.

MeLinda Struska

Certified Personal Trainer with the IFPA MeLindasFitness@gmail.com

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The Male Box

BY  PHIL  STRUSKA  

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Have  you  been  bombarded   with  ever-­‐present  Internet   advertisements  and  articles  that  over-­‐ simplify  life?    “Ten  steps  to  never   have  a  dirty  house  again.”    “One   Weird  Trick  to  a  Flat  Tummy.”    “Six   ways  to  attract  any  man  you  want.”     “Eat  one  fruit  and  have  boundless   energy.”    People  often  think  that   extreme  solutions  must  categorically   be  better  fixes  than  balanced  ones.     Balance  sounds  boring.    It  is  way   more  fun  to  say,  “I  lost  45  pounds   eating  quinoa  and  hazelnuts!”   It  is  easy  to  get  caught  up  in   extremes,  but  in  my  experience,  a  life   of  balance  makes  a  woman  attractive.     We  all  know  someone  who  won’t   consume  so  much  as  one  tablespoon   of  ice  cream  because,  “It’s  not  on  my   diet.”    The  flip  side  is  someone  who   sits  down  to  a  triple  cheeseburger   and  extra-­‐large  fries  and  justifies  the   poor  decision  with,  “There’s  just   more  of  me  to  love.”   Extreme  attitudes  are  rarely  an   attractive  approach  to  life.    I  find  that  

all  of  us  have  the  qualities  that  we  need  to  be  attractive  people,  but  we  often  slide  off  the  chart  to  one  side  or  the   other  by  not  balancing  our  attitudes.    An  example  that  quickly  comes  to  my  mind  as  a  guy  is  the  extreme  of   confidence  versus  humility.  Women  are  often  challenged  to  have  confidence  in  their  abilities,  skills,  character,   qualities,  and  appearance.    You  are  told,  “You  can  do  anything  you  can  dream  up,”  right  up  until  you  dream  you  can   fly  without  a  plane  and  decide  to  test  that  dream  at  the  Grand  Canyon.  The  danger  of  so-­‐called  “confidence”  taken  to   the  extreme  is  that  it  turns  into  cockiness  and  narcissism.    This  causes  people  to  be  too  full  of  themselves  to  be  open   to  the  input  of  others.    They  miss  out  on  becoming  a  better  person  by  listening  and  accepting  advice  and  perspective   form  anyone  outside  of  their  own  opinions.    To  live  in  over  confidence  also  causes  us  to  run  the  risk  of  not  learning   from  the  mistakes  of  others,  because  it  creates  in  us  a  pride  that  encourages  the  idea  that  our  own  devices  are  good   enough.   Cockiness  robs  us  of  the  pure  joy  of  injecting  positivity  into  someone  else’s  life  without  looking  to  get  something  in   return...other  than  joy  and  fulfillment.    When  do  give  a  compliment  or  encouraging  word  as  someone  consumes  by   over  confidence,  we  become  offended  when  we  are  not  offered  the  same  in  return.    Over  confident,  cocky  people  are   never  fun  to  be  around  because  everything  has  to  be  about  them.  It  quickly  becomes  exhausting  to  others.     54  

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The  balanced  version  of  confidence  eliminates  the   extremes  and  polishes  off  the  rough  edges  with   some  humility.    You  may  have  heard  someone   described  as  having  a  “quiet  confidence.”    They   are  open  to  the  input  of  the  important  people  in   their  lives.    The  approval  of  their  loved  ones  is   enough  and  they  do  not  need  to  brag  in  order  to   gain  respect  or  acceptance.     The  flip  side  of  an  extreme  confidence  is  self-­‐   degradation.    While  humility  itself  isn’t   dangerous,  there  are  those  who,  under  the  guise   of  pursuing  “humility,”  have  fallen  into  the  trap  of   self-­‐degradation.    These  are  the  people  who  are   awkward  to  be  around  because  their  constant   insults  of  themselves  feel  like  fishing  for   compliments,  and  you  don’t  have  the  energy  to   be  “hooked”  today.  You  have  probably  seen   picture  captions  on  Facebook  that  typify  this   attitude.    They  say  things  like,  “my  chubby  self  on   the  beach,”  or  “My  husband  of  10  years;  I  can’t   imagine  what  he  sees  in  me.”    People  eventually   give  up  complimenting  and  encouraging  these   people  because  every  word  is  fought  off  with  a   defiance  of  self  worth.     The  key  is  to  balance  confidence  with  humility   and  avoid  the  unhealthy  extremes.  King  Solomon   (who  knew  a  thing  or  two  about  women)  said  in   Proverbs  27:2:  “Let  another  praise  you,  and  not   your  own  mouth;  A  stranger,  and  not  your  own   lips.”    The  advice  is  not  to  turn  down  every   compliment  while  insulting  yourself,  nor  should   we  feel  the  need  to  let  everyone  know  that  we   are  the  best.    Let  someone  else  compliment  you.     Receive  it  with  a  polite,  “Thank  you,”  but  receive   it.   The   most   beautiful   women   I   have   ever   known   are   those   who   have   a   healthy   sense   of   balance   in   all   aspects  of  their  life.  Through  this  mature  balance   they  become  humbly  confident,  fun  to  be  around   and  absolutely  beautiful.     55  

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There are no easy answers' but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right. Ronald Reagan. Courage is being scared to death... and saddling up anyway. John Wayne. Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. Anais Nin. Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it. Albert Camus. Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage. Confucius. You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' Eleanor Roosevelt. It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare. Mark Twain. Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades. A mode of conduct, a standard of courage, discipline, fortitude, and integrity can do a great deal to make a woman beautiful. Jacqueline Bisset. Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. C. S. Lewis.

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Her Life RememberedI held you in my hands when you were just a sparkle in your mother’s eye. I gently placed you in your mother’s womb and watched you grow and come to life.

Those who loved you and love you still are too numerous to count And those whose lives you touched for me will one day before you give account. Your life has been a gem, a precious stone amidst the sand And now my child the time has come to finally take my hand.

When your little form was born that day and placed in your mother’s arms, I whispered a promise in your ear to always keep you safe and warm.

Those who have gone before you are eager to look upon your face My child come near and know the warmth of my strong embrace.

I saw in your eyes an angel and I longed for you to be always near So I touched your heart and closed your ears so only my voice you would hear.

Come be my bride in heaven and don your angelic wings Sit beside my throne and close your eyes and listen to the angels sing.

I was with you as you grew and gave you strength in times of need And I watched you laugh and cry and love and always plant my seeds. Your heart shone with a beauty that others can only seek And I sat with you for hours on end in the silence you would keep. You learned to speak to others with a silent voice they’d understand All the love and warmth you spread to hearts you touched with elegant hands. Your life, not always easy, was carefully guarded by my wings. And although your ears were deaf, my angels to your heart would sing. You made me smile daily as you joked and teased and played And in my heart I gathered all the laughter those around you made. When you found yourself alone and facing some despair, I wiped your tears and took your fears and placed you in another’s care.

Those you leave behind will mourn and miss the daily glow of your heart But your smiles will be felt from heaven and from your memory they will not part. Your life will be honored and remembered in the hearts of the children, women and men You touched and blessed as they await their own days in heaven to embrace you once again.

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You were my earthly angel and your heart so full of love I gave you to another family to bless as I protected you from above. You’re health began to fade, but I was never far away I lent my own heart to another who would care for you each day. My hand was always on you as you experienced both joy and strife And I gave to you the friendships of my saints as you journeyed through this life.

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Skin Deep Exposures Issue 3