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My Husband Issued a Family Challenge

At the turn of the new year, my husband issued a family challenge. The Plan He told the kids that he’d pay them a significant amount of money to train for and run a 5k race using the Couch to 5K running program app. There were two conditions–no skipping any training sessions and we had to [...]
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Parenting Advice Overload

Throughout my nine months of pregnancy, I gathered as much parenting advice as I could from mothers whom I admire. I would talk about motherhood with other expecting moms, moms with one child, or moms with multiple children.  I asked all sorts of questions ranging from “How do you get your baby to sleep at night?” [...]
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Season of a New Driver

Well hello, friend! Yes, you, the friend that I haven't seen in at least 16 years when my life forever changed. You, the friend who I see at a basketball games, volleyball matches, baseball games or the horse stables. We say, "Let's catch up sometime." I've got time now to take a step back and [...]
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A Mother’s Legacy

March 13, 2016 is a day I will never forget. As my husband and I nervously lifted the test, we saw the word that would change our lives forever - pregnant. Just like that, my journey to motherhood began. As I stared at those eight letters I began to wonder what kind of mother I [...]
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Turn Apologies into Gratitude

Perhaps we are people-pleasers. Perhaps we feel inferior. Maybe we are trying to overcome a lifetime of perfectionism. Regardless of the reason, we say "I'm sorry" a lot. Have you noticed?   I'm sorry I'm late. I'm sorry the house is a mess. I'm sorry I didn't write (or call or text) sooner. I'm sorry [...]
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Local Jazz Places with My Active Boy

My three-year-old son is a very active boy. He likes listening to music but cannot just sit quietly and focus on the stage. When he was two years old, we went to our first concert at IU Auditorium. Once the lights started dimming, he shouted “Mommy dark!” with immense excitement. (Dark was a word that [...]
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To Serve or to Be Served

I have early memories of making handprint cards, planting seeds in a painted pot, and making some form of a clay sculpture to celebrate Mother's Day. I recall "letting" Mom choose the restaurant, which was actually the opposite of a gift for my sweet mama who would rather eat somewhere she hated than to have to [...]
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Mother’s Day as a Daughter

Mother’s Day means more to me as a daughter, than a mom. When I was seven years old, my mom was my entire world. I was her sidekick, she was my constant companion, and I thought she hung the moon. At 17, she was still pretty cool, but I only leaned on her for functional [...]
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