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Teal’s the Deal for NOCC

Teal. It had never been a color I’d given a lot of thought to. I mean, it’s pretty, and I had always associated it with mermaids, but to add it to my wardrobe and my hair? Six years ago, I would have said, “You must be joking.” But six years ago, I didn’t know my […]

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The Elephant in the Birth Room

When you hear the news that your friend/sibling/child is pregnant, there’s a swell of emotions that crests in an explosion of joy, love, and sometimes a watery substance from your eyes. You might picture yourself holding a tiny baby, swaddled in a blanket wearing a hat; or imagine future birthday parties; or think about your […]

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Call Me, Maybe (Not)

As much as we wish we could, we can only shield our children from what the rest of the world is up to for so long.  When you suddenly have teenagers in your home (even though you could swear that you just changed their diapers like five minutes ago), it takes some strategic planning to […]

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When Your Mom Falls Out of a Tree (and Other Little Calamities You Probably Won’t See Coming)

“Hey, Mom’s fallen out of a tree and can’t move.” It wasn’t exactly the kind of text I was expecting to receive at 7:30 on a Thursday night…or any other night, for that matter. “Are you kidding? What do you mean she can’t move?” was my bewildered response. Holy moly, what now? This wasn’t how […]

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The Best Gift I Can Give My Kids

The childhood memory of my dad walking through the door after being on-call all night is a happy one. We’d hear the garage door open, wait for the car engine to silence, and then hear his long strides coming toward us into the kitchen. I would wait with anticipation for the smell of his “hospital […]

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When Life Hands You Lemons

When Life Hands You Lemons

A friend of mine received some bad news recently and, like we all do, needed to vent. Social media was the easiest platform. She admitted she was venting and went on to share what was weighing her down. And then the cheer chorus began: “Aww, it’ll be OK,” “You’re an awesome mom and you’ll get […]

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