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Handling Grief at the Holidays

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The holidays can be a rough time for families who are grieving or dealing with sickness, injury, or financial hardship. Here are some ideas on how to reach out to them. It’s now been three years since my mother-in-law lost her battle with cancer. She passed away about a week before Christmas. It was a […]

5 Things Sarah Taught Me

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My friend, Sarah’s birthday is tomorrow. We met about 20 years ago when we were embarking on a great adventure — a year’s study abroad, in France. We walked all over Bordeaux and the outlying areas together, talking about everything under the sun. Later on we both majored in French Literature, became high school teachers, […]

Mentors, Chocolate, & A Giveaway

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Photo Source: Paul (dex) Mrs. Marcy, Ms. Berge, Madame Stephenson, Michelle, Kathy, and Karen — these women don’t really know each other, but they all have something in common. Each was a mentor to me over the years. They helped me along this road, called life. Each played a significant role: my second grade teacher […]

Helping Those Dealing with Pregnancy Loss

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One of the most significant seasons of my life was 1999 when we experienced three miscarriages. We already had one child and were desperate to have a second. That year was a roller coaster of emotions, to be sure. It wasn’t until the end of 2000 that we finally did bring a sweet baby to […]

My Sister & My Friend

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I hated her for about twenty years. Hard to imagine, isn’t it? That sweet cherub of a baby despised by her big sister. I can’t really explain it. We fought like cats and dogs for a long time. I always wanted to have the upper hand. And I was not going to give in. I […]

Meet Some Military Moms and Show Your Support

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While neither my husband nor I have ever served in the military, we have tremendous respect and appreciation for those who do and the families who support them. I know that “life as MOM” can be challenging, particularly if my husband works late hours or on weekends. I cannot imagine what it must be like […]

Fun Mother’s Day Gift for Friends

Mommy Cards are a great way to exchange contact information with other mothers you meet at school, church, playgroup, and other places where moms and kids congregate. Right now you can get 100 cards from Vistaprint for only $10. I’ve always purchased my business cards from Vistaprint and have always been pleased with their products. […]

Take A Walk Down Memory Lane

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Sarah and me, France 1992 Today is Sarah’s birthday. We knew one another in college. We spent a year in France together as exchange students. Forever getting herself into hilarious situations, Sarah could make me laugh like no one else as she recounted her mishaps in a humorous, self-effacing way. She had a gift for […]