Category Archives: Dana Baran

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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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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

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Packing the Car for Adventure

“Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell.” Psalm 43:3

By: Dana Baran

I am trying very hard to get out of my routine and be ready for God to lead us to adventures as a family this summer. Part of the fun and thrill of adventuring is that it could happen any moment! But I’ve found with a one year old in tow it’s not so easy to be spontaneous, especially when it takes a good hour or two just to gather the supplies needed in order to go play in the water, take a hike, or spend the afternoon at the park. I decided there must be a way to both be prepared and have an unplanned adventure. It just takes a bit of organization, tucking necessary and handy items into the car so that they are all ready to go whenever we decide to take off for fun and excitement, instead of having to rush around collecting items and forgetting something vital (like a towel or a sippy cup). Continue reading