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Choosing And Preparing For High School

Choosing And Preparing For High School I am not emotionally prepared for my first born to go to high school, so thank you, readers, for humoring me as I process this life changing stage through the writing of this post. Most importantly, I thought I was doing the right thing by letting my son have […]

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Motherhood

Why I Wish I Were A Better Aunt

I am close with my two younger sisters and always thought I would be a really good aunt to their kids. You know, the kind who likes to stuff her nieces and nephews with cookies, babysits all the time, and is the one they can come to when they’re in a sticky situation and don’t […]

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What Grandparents Want You To Know (If They Could Be Brutally Honest)

Okay, moms and dads, it’s time for a reality check. We grandparents need you to know the truth. 1. We don’t want to watch your kids all the time. Yes, we love our grandchildren dearly, probably more than we love you. There, I said it — or at least differently than we love you. But we do not want to baby sit all the effing time! We raised our […]

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There Is Life After Divorce

There Is Life After Divorce I struggled with writing this blog for several reasons. One, I’m a single mom of four kiddos and life gets busy. Two, I’d start to write it and felt I was giving off an impression that I was some sort of super hero single mom who encouraged divorce, and I’m […]

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This Is What Makes A True Partnership

I’m writing this from my bed, because my kids gave me some horrible illness. Typically, I power through, like all mothers do, because we don’t have time to be sick. You take a couple Ibuprofen, drink some coffee, and pray you don’t die. Well, that’s what I normally do anyway, but this time there was […]

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Goal-Setting With The Family

Goal-Setting With The Family We are in 2019! Take a moment to reflect on the year gone by. How does it make you feel? Are there things you wish you had accomplished? What would you like to do more of, less of and maintain in this new year? Introspection is important because it helps us […]

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Parenting, A Different Kind Of Busy

Parenting, A Different Kind Of Busy Remember when you didn’t have kids and you were so busy? It was hard to get to the gym more than three times a week, to make it to all those social events, to get to the grocery store, to put away all the laundry. How dare anyone tell […]

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Birthday Party Service Project

Birthday Party Service Project My daughter, Julia, wanted to incorporate giving back into her 11th birthday party this year. After a lot of research and contacting organizations (Micah 6 Pantry, Mobile Loaves & Fishes, Hope Food Pantry, Capital Food Bank), I found the best way to give back is by doing something on your own […]

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The Trick That Saved The Big Kid Bed Transition

The Trick That Saved The Big Kid Bed Transition Two years. You’d think that’s plenty of time to conquer the dreaded transitions. You hear more are on the horizon, but at this point, you’re a pro. Welcome to the big kid bed transition. I hear some people go through this phase flawlessly. I’m jealous. For […]

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Stop Praising Dads And Do This Instead

Last November I sent an email to my coworkers letting them know that my daughter was sick and I’d be taking the day off to take care of her. I got a number of emails praising me for taking time off because my daughter was sick. One person even called me “a wonderful father.” Each […]

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Favorite Family Board Games

Favorite Family Board Games We are a total board-game-family. I can’t think of a single holiday or birthday growing up that didn’t include a board game or two at some point during the day (they go especially well with dessert in my opinion). This holiday season was no exception, and I’ve even bought a few […]

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Why We Started An Email Account For Our Baby

Why We Started An Email Account For Our Baby   October 14th is when the idea was birthed. A bit ironic….”birthed.” At this point in time we had been trying to get pregnant for a year. I thought getting pregnant would be easy. You stop your birth control and then…BOOM! A baby appears. Not necessarily. […]

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