The Right Choice

Submitted by Kimberly Wencl July 2011 As Kimberly sat in the chair between her husband and her father she was completely numb. She could hear the words as the funeral director spoke. She could see his lips moving but nothing seemed to register in her mind. The whole...

The Letter

Kimberly stopped by the store on her way to work. She had been looking forward to this day for the past three weeks. She grabbed several copies of USA TODAY and hurried out the door. She couldn’t wait to get settled in at her desk and read the article. She had sent...

A Gift for Grandpa

Submitted by Kim Wencl March 2012 Sunday morning had finally arrived! Excitement compelled Kim to rise from the comforting confines of her bed. Today her enthusiasm could not be curbed as her well-planned preparations came to fruition. The family would be celebrating...

Brooke’s Clock

My daughter’s name is Brooke. She passed away in April, 2013 at age 15. Her older sister’s 19th birthday was in August. We were at the store downloading a picture for her birthday cake. It was a very hard day for me, but I was doing my best to focus on the...

Blessed by a Bunny

Nancy smiled as her daughter Carol walked into the kitchen. It was early in 2008 and they were making plans for a mother-daughter mini vacation at Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. They had taken the trip many times and didn’t really need to prepare, but both enjoyed the...

The Journey Begins

Submitted by Suzanne Giesemann January 2012 Suzanne was proud of her accomplished career in the navy, but after witnessing firsthand the destruction during the terrorist attack on 9/11, the importance of life really hit home. Experiencing a shift in her priorities she...