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Shopping for a baby shower gift I find fulfilling. A family cousin is welcoming their first child this year and it got me all excited to share some of my favorites. Swim Diapers Without committing to cloth or disposable diapers, I...
You cannot even walk up to our front door without seeing the first sign that kids live here. There it is, the most perfectly imperfect little handprint pressed right on the front of our glass door. Now, I know what...
Please don't ask me to do any more than what I'm already doing. Certainly don't try to tell me or guilt me or shame me into doing more. I'm very literally hanging on to my elusive sanity by a...
Our family was no stranger of divorce from the get-go. When I met my husband, both of my parents were divorced and remarried while his parents were divorced. When I was pregnant with my twins, my husband’s father remarried...
Dear daughter, Six years ago, you made me a mother. Before I got pregnant with you, I wasn’t even sure I could conceive, let alone actually have a child and be a parent. When we found out we were expecting...
Homemade chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans and cobbler for dessert is my go-to meal to make for new mamas, sick friends and those grieving. I've made it for years and it is such a labor of love....
I never felt hats looked good on me. Either they were too big, too small, or simply accentuated features that didn’t need to be seen. Sunglasses have always been more my cup of tea. Enter marriage and motherhood, two events...
That’s it, we are redoing 2020! Yes, I know that sounds crazy; who in their right mind would want to repeat this past year? But a redo is exactly what’s in order for our family. We currently have a...
Off the top of your head, how many different news sources do you read on a daily basis to keep up with current events? And how much of the constitution can you quote by heart to be able to check...
The gas light turns on. You have further to go. No gas station in sight. Has this ever happened to you?
 What do we do when our own gas light turns on? What does it look like for you? If...
My Dearest Plus-Size Mommas, I love you! You are magical. You may not believe me every day, but you are! And because I know you don't hear it nearly enough, I deeply admire the dedication, love, and understanding you bring...

Our NICU Story

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It's 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve. I'm blankly staring out over the city through the window of my 4-day-old's NICU room. My baby is lying in an isolette behind me, tiny and silent. We had been home for two...
In my living room, There was a mountain of toys. And a sense of impending doom, And piles upon piles of – Plastic dinosaurs in a massive uproar And one hundred spiky little Barbie shoes, And a wooden train set that bellows “Choo Choo!” And an...

In My Daughter’s Eyes

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She is trusting and brave. Strong-willed and independent. Joy-filled and free. Beautiful both inside and out. She is everything my heart has prayed for year after year. She is a miracle, my miracle, and somehow, even at only (almost)...

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