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I Still See You

I Still See You

I know it’s hard to stay connected as a couple when your kids are little. They suck so much of your time, energy, and spirit from you on a daily basis. It feels like weeks can go by without us having much time together. But I want you to know that I still see you. […]

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Chivalry in Motherhood

Have you ever heard of the term chivalry?  Today, I would like to talk about chivalry but I will call it “modern chivalry in motherhood” or “kindness in motherhood”  I strongly believe in today’s society that admirable behavior is an attractive quality in one’s personality. The choice to do the right things, for the right reasons, at the […]

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Twin Diagnosis: A family’s story of cancer survival

Twins have a special bond, and Jakob and Channing Nielson are no exception. As inseparable best friends, they share a love of playing and wrestling together, and as Wisconsin-raised 10 year olds, they also share a love for the Badgers. But what the family never dreamed they would share was a leukemia diagnosis. I recently […]

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The Benefit of Disappointment & 7 Ways to Respond to It

dis·ap·point·ment disəˈpointmənt/ noun 1. the feeling of sadness or displeasure caused by the nonfulfillment of one’s hopes or expectations. “to her disappointment, she was given a yellow spoon instead of a pink one” synonyms: sadness, regret, dismay, sorrow   a person, event, or thing that causes disappointment. plural noun: disappointments “the job proved a disappointment” […]

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The Small Victories

This blog post started as something so different than it has morphed into. My intention was to write a helpful, upbeat account of how I designed and implemented such a flawless cleaning routine in my home that I am nearly always caught up on housework… and you can be too, I’ll tell you how!!! I […]

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The Guilt of Staying at Home

The Guilt of Staying at Home

Truth – Being a stay-at-home mom/parent is not the hardest job. Being a parent is the hardest job. But compared to a full-time job outside the home, my current gig is pretty sweet. I’m feeling some guilt over having the privilege of being able to stay at home for the moment.    Working Woes I […]

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To Post or Not to Post?

When my husband and I found out we were expecting our first baby, we talked about all kinds of options that we found ourselves faced with. Names, birth options, feeding, sleeping arrangements, childcare, finding out (or not!) the gender. It all can be pretty overwhelming, but we had nine months to talk about our shared […]

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Broken Foot, Thrown Back, Todder

A Broken Foot, a Thrown Back, and a Toddler

Whoa. Am I ready for spring! This was a rough winter. No, wait, let me try that again. Looking back, this was the crappiest winter of my life. There. That’s much more accurate. I spent November and December in a walking cast, healing a stress fracture in my foot. Then, finally feeling better, one Sunday after […]

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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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The ABCs of Raising Teens

Musings and encouragement (some humorous, some painfully true) from a mom who has survived 3 teenagers simultaneously the past 3 years (and hoping I didn’t totally screw them up — fingers crossed!) A is for asking open-ended questions (you gotta try to get them to talk) B is for beating yourself up (cuz ya’ will, […]

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How To Be Fearless in a Frightening World

I have a love-hate relationship with the news. I like to be informed about what’s happening in my community and throughout the world, but with the need-to-know information comes everything else. Natural disasters, mass shootings and other violence galore. The only thing that surprises me anymore is that I’m still surprised to find out another […]

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