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Excuses, Embarrassment, and the Weights We Carry

It was a passing comment, but it weighed a lot. “I wish she wasn’t using a pacifier. She wouldn’t be using one… I mean, I didn’t want her using one, but… well, we ended up needing to.” Almost apologetic, my friend prefaced putting the pacifier in her child’s mouth, giving us the full disclaimer to […]

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Leaving a Legacy

What do you want to be remembered for? How are you going to leave your legacy?  This probably sounds like a dark topic but it’s a question that has been on my hubby’s and my mind lately. I’m not sure why this has been on our minds so much. Maybe it’s because we just welcomed our second […]

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Read a Book Day

“Read a book!” It’s a constant refrain in our household. My three-year olds’ clamor for books to be read to them all day long. They can sit through a stack of books the way other kids can sit through entire movies. My youngest, now a year and a half, surprised us all at 10 months […]

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The Value of Motherhood

When did motherhood lose its value as a profession? True, there is no formal exchange of payment for services rendered, but motherhood pays in ways not considered official currency. You cannot put a value on that extra cuddle. Motherhood is one of the most difficult, yet rewarding jobs out there, though seemingly little value is […]

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By the Light of the Baby Monitor Moon

Since his birth, I have curled up with him in our rocking chair. Hours – too numerous to count – have been consumed coupled in wonder and frustration. His first smiles and giggles, the frequent protests in refusal to sleep. Together we watched each other cry, a silent exchange of understood perception. We experienced a […]

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The Lies Motherhood Will Tell You

Real women get pregnant right away. That was the first lie. It made me feel flawed before I could even identify what I was thinking. A few months went by with my unwanted period arriving on time, a bloody announcement of what did not exist. I googled “average time to conceive” over and over, desperate […]

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My Kids Don’t All Attend the Same Elementary School

The twins are entering the realm of Kindergarten this year, but it won’t be at the same elementary school as our oldest, Davis. My husband and I had been looking forward to the day that all three kids would be in school together and imagining the interactions they would have when seeing each other in […]

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Why I Needed a Parenting Coach

I’ve always known that parenting was going to be hard. Seasoned parents are often quick to point out this reality with new parents. But I figured that if I read enough parenting books, applied the tips of others and tried hard enough, the rest would fall into place. It turns out that these parenting skills […]

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#HomeschoolLife

I was homeschooled during those dreaded middle school years. I heard they were rough. I got to completely bypass them as I was homeschooled for three years during that whole timeframe of my life. I played sports at the local middle school and I remember one day, the popular girls came up to me and […]

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When Mom Goes Back to School: Lessons I’ve Learned

Do you know who hangs out at your local Starbucks at 5am on Saturday and Sunday mornings? Friendly retirees reading their papers, an overworked professional catching up on emails, a couple of nurses chatting after their night shift, and me…the working mom and student cramming a week’s worth of homework into a few precious early […]

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