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A Valentine’s Day proposal, chicken soup with rice, sending valentines, and more (7 Quick Takes)

Sixteen years ago today, John asked me to be his wife during a beautiful dinner at the Candlelight Inn in Catonsville, Md.
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Small acts of love can mean the most

I often think that the small actions, the little kindnesses, are the ones that touch your heart in a special way.
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The $8 bridesmaid dresses

My mother and I still laugh about how she bought the dresses before we were even engaged—and without me or any of the hypothetical future bridesmaids there.
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Our first dance: Can’t help falling in love with you

You give your whole life, your whole self, to each other every day—and you accept the gift of your spouse in return.
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With the spread of the coronavirus, be on guard against racism

As coronavirus spreads around China and starts to reach other parts of the world, we need to be on guard not to let fear of a new disease translate into racist comments and actions against Asian-Americans.
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When I grow up

It’s past bedtime, and our little boy should be asleep. But when I go to check on him, his mind is too full to sleep.
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The Year of the Rat, meeting a friend in real life, plans for Lent, and more (7 Quick Takes)

Are you celebrating the Year of the Rat? We had some friends over last weekend to mark the Chinese New Year, and it was so good to be together.
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A better sense of time

Every morning is the same. We’re hurrying through breakfast and lunch-packing and shoe-finding and rushing to get out the door to get to school.
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The gift of presence in the face of grief

There were tears as people shared memories and spoke about what the past year has been like. But there were also smiles. There was peace. And there was connection—with God and with one another.
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5 easy ways to celebrate the Chinese New Year, chocolate rats, bacon, and a button story (7 Quick Takes)

If you’re looking for a way to celebrate the Year of the Rat, here are a few simple things you can do.
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An open letter to the former royals during #Megxit

I don’t really know what’s going on with this whole #Megxit situation—though I have to admit I am a fan of the hashtag. I just wanted to let you know, you’re not alone.
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