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Each year my mom purchases stuffed animals for my children from the World Wildlife Fund. Not only dothey get a cute new snuggle buddy, but they also learn about their animal, and my mom’s purchase goes toward protection that animal and it’s habitat. It’s a favorite gift each year (as you can see from the sweet […]

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Wrapping gifts is almost as much fun for me as shopping for them. There is something very satisfying for my organization-loving heart to have things neatly packaged and labeled. And when things can be both organized and pretty? Even better! Here are a few of my favorite ideas for gift wrap this year: + Yarn Pom Embellishments I love […]

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Three years ago, in December of 2014, my life took an unexpected turn when a repurposed blog post from two years earlier suddenly went viral. What started as sharing a sweet story for a newish website that discusses disability turned into weeks and months of media coverage. I was totally unprepared for the impact “going […]

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A few years ago we invited some relatively new friends over to our home for for the first time. Within five minutes of being in my home my friend asked me jokingly, “Where’s all your stuff?” We had a laugh and John and I exchanged a glance as I explained that I really don’t like […]

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A couple months ago I woke up in a sweat at about 4am. My heart was pounding and my thoughts were racing with all the things I was doing wrong as a mom. It’s a familiar feeling for this mom who is figuring out parenting while also battling anxiety. This time I was unusually focused […]

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  One evening I made brownies after the kids were long in bed. I have a sweet tooth, and John and I had decided to enjoy warm fudge brownies fresh out of the oven while we watched a movie. Before we went to bed I sealed the brownie pan with tin foil and hid it […]

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He came home from Vacation Bible School totally distraught. “They were fighting, Mom!” My little boy looked at me with wide eyes full of concern. I asked him who was fighting and got the whole dramatic (to a five-year-old) story about two children getting into a little tiff at the close of the program. I don’t […]

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“Oh honey, they’re doing that because they like you!” The first time I remember feeling humiliated and objectified was in sixth grade. Two boys made up a story about seeing me through the window while I was taking a shower and spread it all around school. They made up descriptions about my body and expected me to […]

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