Author Archive | Julie

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Food Is Our Love Language

Years ago I spent the day canning homemade applesauce. After a full day of labor, my then four year old took one taste of it and shuddered. With a look of pure disgust on his face, he asked me what I had put in it. I rolled my eyes and simply responded, “love.” He looked […]

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It’s Not What I Thought it Would Be-It’s Better

This time last year I announced that our family would be adopting a child with Down syndrome. I think back to that time and realize just how much I’ve learned since then. In preparation for such a huge transition, I did as much research as I could, connected with moms in the community, and became part […]

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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. But like any activity, my husband and I hope that athletics are more for just keeping our kids “behaved.” […]

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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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