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Amy Aves Challenger

October 3, 2019

Recently I’ve had a lot of trouble in my life, and if you’re anywhere near my age, you probably can relate. Stuff happens. Kids get hurt inside, which it turns out feels worse than all the cuts and bruises and even the surgery. Grownups can be cruel too. You get in tro...

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Already this year, the dandelions spread their way across the fields around my new home, painting gold all that was green before. Then they left, moving on to become translucent circles dotting the horizon, waiting to blow off over...

November 22, 2018

Twelve years ago I reclined in a hospital bed on Thanksgiving day with a catheter attached to my lower half. My water had broken, and my gigantic abdomen contracted with pain. I did not feel particularly thankful. Mostly, I felt afraid. And interestingly, my obstetrici...

September 3, 2018

You’re not alone.

I want to say this to the mom who dares to tell me that she’s completely disorganized, that it feels like she’s not good enough, like she doesn’t know where her life is going.

Though I wrote a post titled I Am Alone, I want to say the opposite to the mo...

August 17, 2018

Those people who suffer— they’re the salt of this ocean and tree covered place. They’re the chance to find a purpose, to witness what’s so stupendous about a day. They're the teachers, showing you and me what all these hours on earth are for.

August 15, 2018

Think and pray and hope for every single child’s first day today and tomorrow. Think of every child's chance to learn, to live, to do something wonderful, to tilt our planet toward the light again and again and again...

July 14, 2018

I’m wordless sometimes. I know—it’s hard to believe:) But some days I wonder how a word could possibly come from me that would matter to you. I wonder in fact, how I’ll do anything today that is meaningful, good enough.

Sometimes I’ll go on with my day carrying around t...

July 4, 2018

Look what each of us is given— a chance in the other. A chance to learn, to be nutty, to get messy, to get hurt, to grow.

June 17, 2018

Isn't it funny? I see his strength and tenacity more as he fights his disease than I could see during his years of health. And so this father's day, I need to share this gift.