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Getting through hard times

Five Lessons to Get You Through Hard Times

Every January brings mixed emotions to my heart. Five years ago,  my dear husband became so ill he almost died. He had septic shock, a raging infection which caused all his body organs to fail. We found ourselves in an intensive care unit given no chance for his survival, all while our six-year-old, three-year-old, and […]

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Your child has a cell phone… Now what?

You’ve decided to let your child have a cell phone. He/she has shown you he/she can be responsible and trusted with it. Do you just hand it over? Nope. You need to establish open communication and set some ground rules. When you give your child a cell phone, you should not leave any topic unaddressed […]

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Should your child have a cell phone?

My kids love electronic devices. With Daddy being a software developer, our house has seen its share of devices, from iPhones to iPads to Macbooks, AppleTVs to digital cameras, scanners, printers, Wii game consoles—you name it. All three of my kids are very comfortable and proficient at using electronics, and yet, none of them has […]

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I Have Every Reason to Be Mad at God

I Have Every Reason to Be Mad at God

I have every reason to be mad at God. My husband, Ian, and I were married right out of college. Nine years later, we were living a picture perfect life. My dream of being a stay-at-home mom came true. Ian was working as a freelance software developer, a job we decided would keep him close […]

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The Myth of Perfection

My whole life I have striven to be perfect. To always get a perfect score on that science test in grade school. To have perfect attendance. To be on the Honor Roll. To avoid a single hair falling out of place in my ponytail. To have perfect handwriting—sometimes even if it required starting over. More […]

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Raising Givers

I’m teaching my kids to be givers. It’s no easy feat in this day and age of entitlement. Not long ago, one of my kids demanded a new gadget: “I want it. So-and-so has one, so why can’t I?” (Insert “I Want it Now” a la Veruca Salt in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.) […]

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Setting Up a Frozen Meal Swap

Does the idea of a stocked freezer full of ready-to-eat food for your family make your heart dance? Do you have friends who would like freezers full of food for their families, too? Have you ever thought about starting a freezer meal swap? I’ve been part of a meal swap group, and I love it! […]

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The Day My Son Went Missing

The Day My Son Went Missing

It was a perfect day. After a year of anticipating our visit, our family was finally at Disney Land. We couldn’t have been happier. The weather was wonderful. Our three kids, ages eight, five, and three, had done surprisingly well with all the activity. We’d filled the day with rides, exploring the park, and the […]

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The Tantrum That Taught Me Not to Judge

The Tantrum That Taught Me Not to Judge

I could feel the sweat building up under my arms. My six-month-old son was safely strapped to my chest in my Baby Bjorn, while my five-year-old daughter followed 10 feet behind. These two were not the problem. The reason we were walking out of Costco, leaving a cart full of goods, was my two-year-old son, […]

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