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Five Realizations About Marriage After Single Parenting

After five happy years of single parenting, I married the love of my life and became a wife and parenting partner all at once. It’s been an amazing journey, but I’d be a fool to expect it to be easy. I love being married to my husband and my son loves having him as his […]

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It’s Your Summer Too

Remember what summers were like pre-children? Yeah, I know, it’s a little foggy for me too. What I do remember is that they seemed to last forever. We weren’t bound by the end and start of school. The first warm day of May signified the start of shorts and flip flop season. It would last […]

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Motherhood: A Thankless Job… Until Now

Do you ever long for someone in your household to recognize something you’ve done – anything – and say thank you for it? It doesn’t feel too promising that this will happen anytime soon if we have little ones at home, and sometimes what we do is not always evident to our partners either.  I […]

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The Knowns and Unknowns of a Second Baby

My husband and I didn’t really know how many kids we would want to have or how far apart we would like them to be. We were never that couple with a “for sure” plan. Three years ago, our beautiful daughter was born and our hearts exploded while our lives got infinitely more complicated. And […]

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Staying Connected to Your Partner

Father’s Day is Sunday, and if you have a partner and forgot about them, you’re not alone. Between work, side hustles, kids’ activities, and friends and family events, we’re sometimes (most of the time) ships in the night. Our deepest conversations are often about who’s picking up the kids, what’s for dinner, and when the toddler […]

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4 Ways to Support Your Husband as a First-Time Dad

My first four months as a mom were beyond survival mode—more like complete panic. I was so focused on my baby that I couldn’t meet my own physical and emotional needs. My dear husband fell through the cracks of my emotional exhaustion. I couldn’t see through the fog of my own needs to recognize how […]

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4 Pre-Parenting Stages

{Photo credit: Mortenson Photography} Parenting is a journey. But when does your journey really begin? We experience many important stages in life that bring us subtly closer to our future children. You may have experienced some of these stages in your own way too. And, I think we can all agree that our journey begins early on, […]

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10 Reasons Why Day Dates Are Better For Parents

“Let’s go on a date!” he said. “Ok!” she said. After finding a sitter and finally figuring out what they wanted to do, they were off. Off to feeling young and hip again. A nice dinner at 7 pm was perfect, but that wasn’t enough, they hadn’t been on a date like this for a […]

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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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