“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent (unstoppable).” ~ Calvin Coolidge

Unstoppable

“How many months have you been in remission?” Bill, my new psychologist asked. “Three.” “And how does that make you feel?” “Good, I guess,” I pulled at the hem of my shirt. “But, I can’t shake the thought that…it’ll return. I just wanna know…am I cured or not?” My chin trembled and I grabbed a tissue […]

Strength-Giver

{This is my second time posting this blog because the first post no one received an email. Ack. I think we’ve fixed this kink, but as you’ll be able to see if you visit dabneyland.com, I’ve updated the site. Can you do me a favor? Can you let me know if you’ve received this post […]

I’m Back! And Free What? {Also, Take Two.}

I know. Can you believe it? I have a new fancy-schmancy website thanks to the talented @megan__james! Amazing. And guess what? For continuing your loyalty to this blog, I have a free gift just for you. I know. Today is a good day. For the next week, if you comment below and let me know […]

I’m Back! And Free What?

Just walk. Or Slog (AKA: Slow jog). 1 mile. One foot in front of the other at whatever pace feels right. It will only take you 14 minutes. You’re worth that. Just do it. Today. Because if you can, consider this a gift. One day our bodies will wane. One day resting will seem more […]

Slog Away, Sweet Friends.

{Previously published on Palm Beach Women’s Network website} There’s something you need to know about me. I’m that sick girl. You know, the one always battling an illness. And when I say sick girl, I mean the kind who fought cancer twice by the age of 26, the first time while pregnant. The laundry list […]

The Choice

(I apologize ahead of time for the icky pictures of my radiation-wrinkled upper chest, but merely describing this thing wouldn’t make as much sense. And yes…I did circle my bump with a pen to see if it was growing in size each day.) Meet Pedro. Yes, we’ve named him. We kind of had to. The […]

So Long, Pedro.

Recently I heard Jimmy Evans, one of my favorite marriage guru guys, say, “If the devil can’t stop you, He will push you.” Ugh. I constantly feel the enemy’s pointy fingers pressing against my back on a daily basis. Jimmy continued his message with, “You can either pray or worry. If you don’t pray, you […]

Anyone Else Feeling the Shove?

Gone. That weird pressure in my side dwindled day by day until I woke this morning with no discomfort. Praise. God! And can I share one more amazing fact? After I posted my fears last week and asked for prayer, can I just tell you that I felt your prayers? Seriously. I wish I could […]

Gone

Sadly, the blog post I’d written about, “The Day I Went Crazy” will have to wait a week or two since life has become a funny roller coaster for the last eight days. Just when things seemed to calm down, a scary dip gripped my heart and I’m bracing for dear life. Or, I was. […]

No Longer Slaves

So, last weekend Madison graduated. Now that doesn’t sound like a big deal. Kids graduate every year, and this is exactly what I was thinking until I saw my daughter walk across the stage, and then it hit me. She shouldn’t be here. I was told to abort her. (Imagine a crazy lady, weeping and […]

Here She Goes Again

“For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.” —2 Corinthians 4:11-12 (NIV) My 16-year-old walked to the front of her speech […]

A Walking Billboard

“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”—Philippians 3:13-14 (NIV) After battling infertility for years, and finally accepting […]

New Year, New You

So this past Saturday I asked my friends on Facebook (FB) for recommendations on where to pick up a turkey dinner since I planned on cheating this year for Thanksgiving {cough}. Thinking this was a novel idea of mine, I couldn’t understand why I hadn’t done this before. Then today a FB memory popped up […]

The Worst Part About Complaining

“Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.”—Psalm 107:6 (NIV) I remember the day Erin Brockovich, the well-known environmental activist, visited our town and confirmed what our community had feared: We were living in a cancer cluster and water contamination was to blame. Each bath, hand-washed […]

Deliverance from Despair

  So what do you decide to do on your one year anniversary of heart surgery? With bottles of Zika-repellent, go to Haiti, of course. Yep. We decided Sunday {June 26, 2016} that I’ll be going with my 17-year-old, Maddie. Sweet. Only, my husband was supposed to go, you know, because he’s far more healthy […]

Heart-Surgery-Girl Is Going Where?

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