Author Archive | Julie

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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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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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You’re the Boss

I’ve been hearing some talk lately about babysitters. Complaints, really, from moms who leave their children with seemingly competent teenagers only to be shocked by the state of their house upon their return. There is no greater buzz-kill than coming home from a fun evening with your husband only to spend a half an hour cleaning up […]

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Nothing Good Happens After Midnight

I have had a change of heart when it comes to sleepovers. This can happen when you have been parenting for almost nineteen years and you have many more to go. When our oldest boys were in elementary school we had lots and lots of sleepovers. There was a time in which we had very close family […]

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