Author Archives: DanaBaran

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Polina’s Promise: A story of hope, redemption, and dreams come true

“I rescued the poor who cried for help, and the fatherless who had none to assist him.” Job 29:12

By: Dana Baran

I have a story to share with you. It’s a story that shows the power of God and how deep a mother’s love can go. The main characters in my story are Continue reading

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Thankfulness Can Change a Heart: A Reflection on Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts

“Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him; bless His name!” Psalm 100:4

By: Dana Baran

About nine months ago, I felt a deep need for a change. I had changed careers almost a year before, trading in my dream job teaching reading to seventh graders for a new dream, staying home to care for our baby girl. It was a huge adjustment.  While I was so happy in my new role as a mommy, I still felt prickles of discontentment and annoyance at the repetitiveness of my days and the seeming insignificance of my life. In March of 2013 my MOPS book group chose to read and discuss Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts. It turned out to be just what my heart was craving. Continue reading

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Homemade Stain Remover

“Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” Psalm 51:7

By: Dana Baran

Stains. They are an inevitable part of life when you have young kids. Beginning with spit-ups and leaky diapers, the battle of stain vs. mommy starts early and escalates quickly as solid foods are introduced and outside play becomes harder and dirtier. Soon it becomes an all-out war. I first realized I needed to up my game after I discovered a lovely orange ring around the neckline of one of C’s white shirts (my favorite, naturally) that was the result of her first experience with a clementine (delicious and oh so juicy). I tried everything, from hand scrubbing with baby detergent to soaking it for hours to spraying it repeatedly with my go-to stain remover, to no avail. Continue reading

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Living the adventure…and trying to stay in the boat

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

By: Dana Baran

I came to the realization at the beginning of this summer that I was beginning to lose my sense of adventure, that I was letting motherhood overshadow my desire to try new things and take risks. It took the challenge of climbing out of the boat and onto a small inflatable tube to reignite my passion for adventure (for the full story click here). Continue reading