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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...
I'm white; my husband is black. Our daughter obviously turned out with some color in her skin as a result. I think the first time she realized that not everyone had the same skin color was around age 2....
The country closed. It reopened. Some places are closing again. Schools are re-opening - both in-person and virtually. The governor announces new mandates weekly. On top of everything, moms are still dealing with work, spouses, kids, chores… the list...

The Unprepared Tooth Fairy

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The day had been coming for a while. My daughter’s tooth had been holding on by a gossamer-thin thread for days, and it was just a matter of time. Somewhere in the dusty recesses of my mind was a...
It was a normal Sunday morning and we were playing with Minnie Mouse legos. I was sipping a cup of coffee and my husband and I were watching my 3 year old play, when suddenly the game of pretend...
As a family, we just celebrated one year since my husband has been home from deployment overseas. Boy, do I wish his year gone would have flown by as quick as his first year back. We love having him...
It was a hectic night like most bath nights. Wrangling three kids to bathe long enough to get completely clean but not so long that it takes forever. You know the fine line here. By the time they were...

Will Pay to Play!

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This summer was full of uncharted territory. There were no summer camps, pools were by reservation only, and even getting together with groups of friends to play could feel a bit close. If it were under normal circumstances, we...
These last five months have been anything but normal for all of us. In fact, it has been the exact opposite. Our world has been flipped upside down, preschool has been canceled, Daddy has been working from home, we...
Mealtimes look different these days. Gone are the times of grabbing a quick bite and heading out to the door to work. If I had 10 minutes instead of 5, I’d make a smoothie and chug it before brushing...
I was pulled over. I had too much. I was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI). I’m a mom, who had too much fun one night, but otherwise is responsible.  I thought I was invincible. I thought having...

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Dayton Tradition: The Stoddard Avenue Pumpkin Glow {Heart of DMC}

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The leaves whip and tumble across the concrete on a brisk evening, the last week of October in Dayton. As I push the stroller...

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