Shelly Hoover

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Finding Joy in the Little Things

Most of my days are spent doing the things I love with people I love. Pictured clown noses are a case in point.  Other than the occasional dental cleaning or medical appointment, I spend most of my energy on the people... Continue Reading →

Arms Like T-Rex

The upside of not being able to lift anything heavy is that my manicure stays picture perfect for weeks. My shoulders are weak so I keep my elbows tucked by my side. In essence, I have T-Rex arms. You may notice I... Continue Reading →

Walking for Those Who Can’t

I've been battling strange urges to walk outside and get the mail. I want to walk into the kitchen and steal Steve's Peanut M&Ms. My mind tells me, "Hey, it's ok, just get up and walk!" Of course my body... Continue Reading →

The Four Agreements

Years ago I read the The Four Agreements: A Toltec Wisdom Book by Miguel Ruiz, and forever changed how I navigate life. The pan-theological introduction challenged my sensibilities. Ruiz describes Toltec wisdom not as a religion but rather a way of... Continue Reading →

Christian, Put Away the Gavel

Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them." Luke 15:1-2 That's us fellow Christian. We're the tax... Continue Reading →

Grief to Gratitude

The more I lose the more grateful I become. My arms are clumsy and shake when I reach -- I know someday they will be ornamental. So for now I am acutely grateful for typing and scratching my nose. I can... Continue Reading →

Running Free

I used to run on the paved trails in the open spaces surrounding my neighborhood.  I wasn't a very good runner; three miles was a victory for me. Running cleared my head and released stress. Funny thing, I was running... Continue Reading →

Next Steps

What now? I've had ALS symptoms for over three years. I'm an old timer in some circles -- statistically I'm one of the lucky ones. From the start Steve and planned for the worst and hoped for the best and... Continue Reading →

Healed but not yet Cured

I used to listen to podcasts of Ed Dobson with his son Kent when they were guest speakers at Mars Hill Church. I wondered what was wrong with his voice, maybe a stroke? Turns out he has ALS.

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