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We Couldn’t Afford to Pay for College. And it’s not the end of the world.

I remember thinking when our babies were born that college seemed far off. People told us we should start saving right away, especially after we had five babies in about six years. But there was always something else–paying for graduate school, buying our first home, braces, summer camp, the list goes on. And then, one […]

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Teaching Children about Disability

We consistently sit in the same pew at church every week. Lately, my toddler has noticed someone else who sits near us every week. He is a young man, in high school, severely disabled and hooked up to several machines that go off and on during Mass. When his machine goes on my daughter’s focus […]

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Beyond the Time-Out: Calming and Coping Tools for Kids and Parents

Parenting is hard. Calming your erratic and emotionally explosive offspring without losing your own temper can be even harder. When a warning doesn’t work, it can be very frustrating and perplexing to reason with a hopped-up toddler. Obviously, we all want our children to be good people. Therefore, we need to teach them limits, healthy […]

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Small Things with Great Love

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love” This is one of my favorite quotes. It’s one I say to myself constantly. Or try to. And more importantly, try to live. We do many grubby, redundant tasks every day in motherhood. We do them for our children, […]

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Planting the Seeds

It’s true what they say, they grow up fast. So fast. Here I am with a three-year-old and I can barely remember what the baby stage was like. But what I do remember is each time I’d say, she’s growing up. It happened when we stopped nursing. It happened when she gave her pacifier up. […]

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Scariest 60 Seconds of My Mom Life

Scariest 60-Seconds of My Mom Life As a mom it is our job to protect and raise our children to be the best version of ourselves.  But what happens when you can’t protect them and have to watch them suffer? Breath-Holding Spells Incident What started as a normal night with our bedtime routine turned into […]

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Spring Break Goals

I look forward to Spring Break every year. Why wouldn’t I? Spring is here! Spring symbolizes wonderful things such as new beginnings, a fresh start, and warmer weather. I feel a thawing in my bones. I’m ready to purge the house, tackle new projects, and sharpen my brain. Thus, what better way to kick off […]

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The Voice is Yours

I heard the voice as soon as I looked in the mirror this morning. It pointed out the bags under my eyes, critiqued my skin, and replayed the wrong thing I said in a conversation yesterday. It attacked the way I worded a work email and berated me for forgetting to send a birthday card […]

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