Author Archive | Julie


Perspective – It’s Not Always a Good Thing

I had three uncomplicated pregnancies and births before I got pregnant with my fourth. So when it came time for me to give birth, it was assumed that things would be similar. After twenty hours of labor, ending with a c-section (my first), it was discovered that he had a collapsed lung. He needed a […]

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Regrets of Summer – Do I Want a Do-over?

The kids are back in school and I am, for the second year in a row, happy to see them go. My youngest started kindergarten and I wish she and her teachers a wonderful school year. Godspeed to my new college freshman and to my high schooler, new middle schooler and elementary kid. Good luck […]

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How to Survive a Traveling Spouse

My husband travels for his job. He always has. Over the years I have tried to write about my experiences, but every time I end up deleting it. No matter how I try, it seems to come across as whiny and negative. So if, after I’ve written and re-written this I still comes across that way, […]

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Whatever You Do, Stay Off the Roller Coaster!

I’ve never been a fan of roller coasters. I’m just not that into paying money to get strapped into a contraption and get thrown around space. Like most moms, my daily life can be wild enough. Lately, I’ve thought about the way that we handle life’s ups and downs. When it comes to relating to […]

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Adoption-Do You Have What it Takes?

Yep, we are “that” family. That family that you see in public and wonder how much we spend on groceries. We are the family that makes you wonder if we are a little crazy. Are we unusual? Somewhat. Growing our family through adoption after having four biological kids is a bit unusual. But it is […]

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How Can I Help? – Supporting a Family in Crisis

My sweet little one was hospitalized the day after Thanksgiving this year. What started out as strep turned into something deadly. She was immediately placed in the PICU and stayed in the hospital for seventeen days. She is recovering at home now, and is getting stronger every day. Our dramatic and unexpected experience has shown […]

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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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