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“Mom, tell me what it was like when I was born.” You were due on Thanksgiving day. Only, you made us wait till the following Monday before you decided to enter the world. At least...

Every morning we do this thing. My daughter plops down on my lap while I sip my morning coffee. Today, was no different. My daughter asked the rhetorical question asked every morning, “Mom, will you...

It was a new neighborhood, a new school, and I had the new kids. We nervously arrived on the first day of school, immediately passing a group of chattering moms taking photos of their kids...

Today started unusually chaotic and rushed. The kids slept in since they’d been up late all week trying to catch up on middle school stuff. As we all buzzed around the house, looking for this,...

Boys will be empathetic. Boys will be kind. Boys will be brave. Boys will be good listeners. Boys will be intelligent. Boys will be love. Boys will be good friends. Boys will be good brothers....

Weekends growing up on base were the best. After playing outside with a bunch of kids in the field, collecting sticks for fort-building, riding bikes, and fishing at the query, all of us on the...

My wish for you, daughter, May you always see the beauty in nature: oceans, trees, and mountains. May you always know your body is a temple, designed perfectly and beautifully....

I’d been avoiding it like the plague. I just couldn’t handle the idea of sitting in that chair, facing all the questions. And I was stuck in a wrestling match, deciding if and when I...

A Few Things I Want To Share With My Kids As They Head Back To School. Find strength in your gifts and humility in your weaknesses. Choose being courageous over being perfect....

It’s petty. I know. But. For. Gosh. Darn. Sake. (Trust me. I could say it differently, but there are children present, after all). I digress. What is so hard about it? The car line....

If you have ever made running a habit, then you know. No matter how long it’s been since your last one, you are still a runner. It is in your bones, your blood; it rests...

When did this happen? I swear it was literally yesterday. They were in diapers and cribs and highchairs and nursing and eating rice cereal. I carried a super cute diaper bag, and my shirt was...