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Our family of five recently moved. Moving is a very stressful endeavor for the whole family but quite often an eventual part of life. We’d been renting a home in Kettering for almost five years and while we loved...
There was never a time during my childhood when I thought of my parents as being in love. I don't remember a time when they shared a bed or engaged in PDA. When I was seven, my Mom took...

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Another busy evening filled with youth sports left my husband running with our son and me running with our daughter. Before leaving the house, we agreed we would fend for ourselves for dinner. Challenge accepted! I love dine out...
Describe yourself without using the word mother. I’ve been instructed to do that before; and for a long time, I couldn’t separate the title from the woman. After all I am a mother through and through. Now I can describe...
In my living room, There was a mountain of toys. And a sense of impending doom, And piles upon piles of – Plastic dinosaurs in a massive uproar And one hundred spiky little Barbie shoes, And a wooden train set that bellows “Choo Choo!” And an...
Playdates are a mandated weekly occurrence in our household. What can I say? Momma needs some girl chat and my children thrive on going ninety to nothing at all times. Why not let them use up that energy outside...
"I'm speaking."  In the Vice Presidential debate of 2020, then Senator Kamala Harris had to repeat herself multiple times when being interrupted by saying, "I'm speaking." Those two simple words (or three if you're counting the contraction, for my fellow...
Just reading the title of this post makes me want to cry. You see, behind this title there is a little boy calling out these exact words to me. Well, he's not little anymore. He is 9. He is...
I remember being asked during my first pregnancy, "What are your hopes for the baby? What attributes of yours do you hope she will have?" At the time, I hoped she would have my resiliency. I hoped she would have...
Everyone remembers the awkward high school days when you are trying your best to fit in, seem cool and not make a fool of yourself. You survive those four years but no one tells you those same feelings and...
When my son turned 12 on May 12, 2012, we celebrated it, goldenly. Do you know about the golden birthday? When you turn the age that is the number your birthday falls on it is called your golden birthday, so naturally,...
Friends, I'm trying really hard to be "fluid" during this time of "new normal." I really am. I was flexible when my employer said to work from home. I was flexible when the schools and preschools closed. I was...
I never felt hats looked good on me. Either they were too big, too small, or simply accentuated features that didn’t need to be seen. Sunglasses have always been more my cup of tea. Enter marriage and motherhood, two events...
"See ya out there!" my 10-year-old daughter grinned as she waved and stepped outside the door of our home. She wasn't going far, just to the driveway to play ball with her sisters while she waited for the bus....

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