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By Alexandra Kuykendall

While Alexandra Kuykendall turned a mom it used to be the start of a soul-searching trip that took her into her earlier and made her query every little thing she'd experienced--and loads of what she hadn't. the single daughter of a unmarried, world-traveling mom and an absent artist father, Alexandra stocks her certain quest to respond to common questions: Am I adorable? Am I enjoyed? Am I loving?

In brief, relocating episodes, Alexandra transports readers right into a existence that integrated a youth in Europe, a religious conversion marked extra by means of questions than solutions, a courtship in the course of a decision to be with teenagers, marriage and motherhood--and constantly, consistently, the query of id. via her own trip, girls will notice their very own route to figuring out the form in their lives and a deeper experience of God's intimate presence inside of it.

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I’d just never understood that the real meaning behind the holidays had to do with God among us and the history of the world. The question now was, Is it all for real? For the most part, I was on board with it. I was open to hearing that God loved me. That Jesus loved me. Maybe because I had one parent who devoted herself to me and told me how special I was, it made it easier to believe I was lovable. And it wasn’t a stretch to see humanity needed a Savior. I’d seen the world; there was lots of pain.

I didn’t want to be impolite, but he seemed to be asking me for something I couldn’t give. When it was time to go, we all stood up, and he put his arm around my shoulder and squeezed from the side. The hug felt uncomfortable, unfamiliar, and forced, not what I thought my father would feel like. I thought there would be a familiarity with this man. I was disappointed there wasn’t. But I couldn’t help being hopeful—a long-held habit. Maybe when the awkwardness passed, when he knew me, I would know what it was to have a father’s love.

I had never really thought of my father in terms of my mother. And I never really would. My relationship with him would remain separate from her. Theirs was a thing of the past that my mother saw no reason to talk about. A week after our first meeting, my mother and I stepped into the cool, stone-tiled lobby of my father’s eight-story apartment building. The lobby was a modern contrast to the musty castles and dark cathedrals I’d spent the last year touring. We were greeted by a rotund doorman sitting on a stool behind the desk.

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