Author Archive | Julie

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What I Want My Kids to Learn From Sports

As you might imagine, I’ve been on the sidelines of just a few athletic events over the years. I believe that kids are like dogs, they are best behaved with plenty of fresh air and exercise so we like to keep our kids active. But like any other activity, my husband and I hope that […]

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Why Am I So Tired?

For the first few months after coming home from China in June, I found myself in a inexplicable fog. My memory failed me, I couldn’t focus, and no matter how I tried to get back into my old routine, I found exhaustion had become my new normal. I’d wake up every day and want to […]

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We Could Have Missed This

The moment that I first saw her will forever be etched in my memory. The girl that was meant to be my daughter. I tried to say no. So did her Dad. For weeks we told ourselves we were not one of those people. You know the kind of people I am talking about. The […]

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The Sign of a Healthy Childhood

This spring, my fourth child had an unfortunate incident involving a trampoline that resulted in a dislocated and fractured elbow. It was painful and somewhat traumatic and not at all what we would want for anyone. He needed surgery to repair the damage and has weeks left of being in a splint and some occupational therapy […]

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How to Mom – You Show Up

When my oldest was born over nineteen years ago, I realized that I was embarking on a great unknown adventure. Having lost my mother at a young age, I had very little experience to draw from. How am I supposed to know how to be a mom when I had one for so little time? […]

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The Dumpster Fire of 2016- Moving On To An Amazing 2017

A Dumpster Fire is defined by the Urban Dictionary as 1. A complete disaster and 2. Something very difficult that nobody wants to deal with. Sound like your 2016? Anyone, even an optimist such as myself, can admit that 2016 was a tough year. Between the growing division in our country surrounding the election and its […]

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I Do What I Want

“Hey, congrats on the new little girl! So exciting! You guys are crazy… I mean in a good way. Wow!” Since announcing plans to adopt our sixth child, I have been pleasantly surprised by the amount of support and enthusiasm that we have received. Honestly, I was prepared for at least a few not so […]

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October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Normally, when I think of October, I think of cross country season. This year is different. Recently I became aware that it is Down syndrome Awareness month. Here are a few things that I have learned so far: Down syndrome is characterized by someone who has three copies of chromosome 21 instead of two. Always put the […]

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