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A few weeks before my birthday this year, my husband Ben asked what I would like as a gift. As usual, I couldn't think of anything because I'm at the stage in my life where if I want something,...
You know those perfect moms? The ones who tell you pregnancy is such a magical and joyous experience every moment of those nine (or ten) months... that parenting is so rewarding all the time... the ones with the perfectly...
Describe yourself without using the word mother. I’ve been instructed to do that before; and for a long time, I couldn’t separate the title from the woman. After all I am a mother through and through. Now I can describe...
Have you ever played the "I Spy" game with your kiddos? My first grader loved it this summer and my 3-year-old easily picked it up, too. It proved to be a great way to pass the time on our...
Don't poke the bear. I recently said this to my 6-year-old and he didn't get it, so I had to explain that when a bear is hibernating, you don't poke the bear because doing so would wake him up and...

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Today, as my girls ran out the door headed to their school's picture day, I breathed a sigh of relief. They were leaving happy, hopping on the bus. And I was waving goodbye, secure in the joy that, as...
If I could go back in time and talk smack to only one person, it would probably be me - before kids. I’d march right up to a table at a restaurant that I haven’t seen the inside of...
Oh, Karen. We know 'em and love 'em and joke about 'em. We've all got a Karen in two in our families, in our workplace, and maybe even as friends. You know who I'm talking about. The women who are just plain...
“Ugh, mom. Why do we have to live in Dayton, Ohio?” This is a question I have gotten from my kids on multiple occasions. In fact, I asked the same thing to my parents when they chose Wright-Patterson as the...
Recently, I had the opportunity to chat with Darryl Carnley, founder of the nonprofit organization My360Project. The mission of this company is clear in its tagline: Giving Shoes, Saving Lives. But how can a pair of shoes save lives?...
A year ago, I sat by and watched a tragedy in our community unfold. A mass shooting so close to home. Yet it was those moments, hours and days after that stuck out for me the most. While there...
We waited anxiously for an email, a text message, a phone call - SOME sort of communication about our kids’ fall sports seasons. This was the first one with COVID-19 in play, and the referee hadn’t made a call...
This year, Grandparents Day is Sept. 13! While this special day will look rather different this year, most likely minus the lunches and celebrations at schools, there are still many ways to make the day special and show the...
Love you neighbor. It's such a simple statement. Seems so easy. Seems like the right thing to do. Seems like everyone would want to do so. Last year when our community was destroyed by tornados, I saw so many people rush...

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