1. Kim, we must be kindred spirits! While I am sorry for your days of darkness and discouragement, it helps to know there is someone in the lifeboat with me. Thank you for your transparency and encouragement to keep on keeping on. Blessings from your neighbor at Kelly’s

    1. Thank you for the comment. Yes! I’m finding that having friends and acquaintances in “the same boat” truly helps this journey.

  2. Kim, you are ANYTHING but plain, my friend! Your writing is beautiful and YOU are beautiful, inside and out. Thank you for sharing so honestly.

    1. Thanks, Christa. You’re the best. I’m so thankful for our long friendship and for the interesting ways God keeps us connected after so many years!

  3. You have a beautiful way of drawing me into your story! Not plain at all! Thanks for sharing your personal pain. It is so encouraging to me as I wrestle with similar discouragement! Don’t quit – Keep writing! Blessings!

    1. Thank you Liz for the encouraging words. Just hearing someone say “I know how you feel” helps. We truly are not alone.

  4. Plain usually goes with simple and that is what the Word really is. People have complicated it. Be ye kind goes a long way. Maybe you didn’t see all the notes. If I had been there, mine would have said fat. I know that feeling seeing OBESE in giant red letters that made it look TERMINAL. Thankfully, I have learned to see me as He does, He calls me beautiful.

    1. I like that. Simple. And the older I get, the more I crave simplicity. Rebecca, thanks for the encouragement. Unfortunately, you are probably right. (I don’t remember my professor being very nice). The ironic thing is that she was wheel-chair bound. I often wonder if that is how she would have liked to be described.

  5. I also can still hear people’s words from childhood. It is so hard to move past them and not let them define us. I have 2 girls, and I pray I am teaching them to only use kind words!

    1. Sarah, it’s true. Words are so powerful. I was talking to a friend yesterday-she is in her 50’s like me-she remembers kids in Jr. High making fun of her nose. Good work with your girls. I did the same. My daughter is very careful with her words and she was kind to others all through school – not a mean girl at all.

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