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Identity Crisis: On the 5th Anniversary of Becoming “Mom”

{Photo credit: Sarah Elizabeth Photography} In just a few days, we will celebrate my daughter’s fifth birthday while I will silently be celebrating the fifth anniversary of becoming “Mom.” This name has not just become a title, it has become my identity. I am a completely different person than I was five years ago. I look […]

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To My Greyson, My Promise to You…

Dear Greyson, My sweet, sweet happy boy. Oh how I love you, and I want to keep life simple and pure for you forever. As I watch you begin life’s rites of passages… crawling, talking, walking, soon kindergarten and eventually adolescence, and all the peer pressure that surrounds it, I realize it’s a flawed life. […]

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The Two Things I’ve Learned in Two Years of Mommin’

{Photo credit: Markus Reinhardt on flickr (Creative Commons)} I’m pretty sure it’s mama-normal to obsessively pin birthday crepe-cake recipes and search for a helium source for a 3 ½-foot “2” balloon. I also think it’s natural to get kind of weepy and reflective as your tiny human finishes her second trip around the sun. In the past two years, […]

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Tips on Teaching Gratefulness with Children’s Minnesota (+ Printable!)

We are thrilled to partner with Children’s Minnesota to discuss ways that you and your family can encourage giving this season! Be sure to check out the free coloring sheet printable at the bottom of the post! There are some serious contentment issues happening in our house lately. Is it 4-year-olds? Like “terrible twos,” “threenager,” and […]

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Great-Grandma’s Last Gift

I grew up spending my summers at my grandparents’ lake home in Wisconsin. A couple dozen grandchildren cramped into bedrooms, piled in bunk beds and sleeping bags, snuggled together with fingertips sticky from s’mores, the scent of bonfire in our hair. Wet bathing suits hung on the porch railing, never lacking hugs and giggles and hot […]

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When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Charts

Anyone out there have a spirited child? The one who questions authority, will “NEVER” do _____, who argues with any and all ideas, even if it’s to go get ice cream because it’s not the place they want to go? (And you know that no matter where you pick, they will have somewhere else in mind.) Hi, […]

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