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Next Generation Milestones

I remember so well all the big milestones my children hit when they were young – first words, first steps, crawling, rolling over, catching a ball, first lost tooth, the usual. But all my children will be teenagers or adults as of this year. My “baby” will likely be taller than me in a year […]

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What’s in a Name

When I got married right after college, I immediately started a teaching job in a preschool program. At the time, they gave the teachers the choice of what they would like to be called by the students, whether they should primarily use our first or last name. Several of the teachers went by “Miss Lisa” […]

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Girlfriends are a Girl’s Best Friend

I am an extraordinarily lucky woman in that my husband is one of my absolute best friends. But there are times in every woman’s life when she must decompress to another set of double x chromosomes. My husband is very attuned to women as he is an OB/GYN. But there is a big difference between […]

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“Mom, What Are You Most Afraid Of?”

Whenever my children ask me, “Mom, what are you most afraid of?” I typically tell them falling. Ever since I fell out of a tree and spent my ninth birthday with casts on both of my arms, I start to have a panic attack in any circumstance that may lead to me or someone else […]

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Confessions of a Christmas Movie Addict

Everyone has their favorite Christmas movie, and I am no exception. Even though I could probably recite most of the film from memory, every year, with glee in my heart, I watch “A Christmas Story.” As much as I love this movie, however, it is not enough alone to get me through the Christmas season. […]

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Gratitude: Thanks from a Grateful Mom

Gratitude isn’t always easy to come by. I try very hard to be a good mom, to be tough but fair, teach my children right from wrong. I sometimes feel like I have to handle everything the world throws at me completely by myself. But, I have been realizing, lately, how so many people have […]

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Suck It Up, Buttercup {A Mother’s Mantra}

I don’t have the easiest life, emotionally speaking. There are a lot of, let’s just say, “issues” spread out among the eight people who call our house a home. I find myself quite often complaining about some of the things I have to deal with to the people closest to me. Most of the time, […]

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I’m a Terrible Mother

There are many times in my life when I get to the end of a day, and I look at myself in the mirror, and I think, “I am a really terrible mother!” I wonder why I was entrusted to care for and shape the lives of six individuals who have to actually be productive […]

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