Every-other Friday while my daughter was in preschool I had coffee dates with a friend whose five-year-old son had gone to heaven just two weeks after Mother's Day that year. Over coffee and hot chocolate, my friend would share stories...
It was the end of January and my twins were six weeks old. Although it took most of the morning to get the three of us dressed and fed, we finally made our way out the door. I was...
Things feel a little unsettled these days. You know what will help? Community. I encourage you to make one. Yep, do it. You can. I believe in you. You know why? Because I did it. It doesn't take money. It...
Dear Single Mom Friends, I don’t know what this Valentine’s Day will look like for you but I wanted to make sure that amidst the noise of prepping for classroom parties and mailing grandparent cards, you heard the truth from...
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I'm tired of "Stranger Danger." We are raising a bunch of little people that are scared. Scared of all the people they don't know. I'm not doing it! Yes, I know *gasp* I am calling into question the notion of...
My throat tightened and tears sprang to my eyes. My husband squeezed my hand. I fought hard to breathe as the world started spinning. There was no heartbeat and the inescapable reality hit me hard. I was having a...
Watching relationships ebb and flow in life is an interesting thing. Some friend and family relationships seem as natural as breathing, and then there are those you have to work a bit harder to maintain. But regardless, relationships come and...
I squeezed both my kids tight, kissed them, and told them multiple times how much I loved them. They excitedly got in the car and they were off I always manage to hold it together until they pull away...
Recently, a friend contacted me when an exchange student (scheduled to arrive in one week) suddenly had no Oregon host family. The student’s photo attached to the email smiled back at me, and after seeing him I couldn’t stop thinking...
I don't typically pay mind to the myriad special awareness days, weeks, and months that exist, but they are great opportunities to advocate for social issues or illnesses, and certainly make for a good time to share relevant and...

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