Author Archive | Jan

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Letting Go of Breastfeeding

It has been seven years since I started breastfeeding my daughter and yet I still remember so many details. It is one of those life experiences you can’t forget. Although, I do get reminded every day as I get dressed in the morning. My daughter ate so much I started at a C cup and […]

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Toddlerdom

Life with a toddler– aka Toddlerdom– is no joke. Tonight I got all the recycling and trash out to the street, looked around, and realized I was a day early. My next thought: I’ve gone too far to go back. Real Life Let me give you a visual. Yesterday I’m watching my oldest at gymnastics […]

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Life in the Trenches of Renovations

My life is currently overrun with renovations renovations renovations. Instead of talking about the big picture and truly important concepts, I want to get into the nitty-gritty of what it is to renovate a space while you are living in it. I have been an HGTV addict for years. On every episode, rooms and or […]

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Junior League of Indianapolis: An Inside View

About the Junior League of Indianapolis (JLI) The JLI website states: “The Junior League of Indianapolis (JLI) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Known as the premier training organization for women, the Junior League of […]

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The Basics of Foster Care Training

29,000 That is the number of children in the foster care system in the state of Indiana. Or at least it was when my husband and I started our 20 hours of training three weeks ago. Training In two intense weeks, we chose to complete our training. I have to be honest and say it […]

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Mom Dating

Mom Dating I have entered this new stage of life I like to call “Mom Dating”. A dear friend recently moved away and that change has caused me to reassess my “mom friend” situation. It is amazingly difficult to find someone that suits all of my and my family’s needs. Dating to find a spouse […]

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I’m Mommy, Not the Nanny

Not the Nanny “Are you the nanny?” When we chose to adopt and expand our family, we made the conscious choice not to limit our adoption through race. Don’t mistake that choice as an oversimplification. Great thought has been put into this choice and the ways in which social constructs challenge this decision. Brutally Honest […]

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A Dropped Adoption: What Are the Right Words to Say?

Dropped Adoption Dropped adoption: a friend, family member, neighbor, or co-worker is struggling. How can you help them? What can you say to help them feel better? Whether you have close ties to that someone or they are an acquaintance how do you find those words? It was easy to find something to say when […]

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Not a New Me, But a New Perspective

I’ve Lost My Ability to Trust I realized today that I don’t have faith in the goodness of others. It’s not something I decided to just stop believing, or was even conscious of. Today, when my daughter’s toy disappeared at the museum, I automatically assumed someone had taken it. This seems like such a small happening, […]

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The Gift of Time

Inspiration I’m sitting on the floor at 9pm on a Friday night cutting out a poncho pattern for my oldest daughter. At the same time, I’m asking myself why in the world I’m doing this. The answer is simple. I told her I would. When I agree to do something, I absolutely follow through, almost […]

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The Elf on the Shelf: Reality

A Naive Beginning When my oldest was almost three I excitedly added Elf on the Shelf to our family traditions. I couldn’t find ideas on Pinterest fast enough. My husband and I planned and put the scenarios together each night. It became a mini-date each night for us that we truly got a kick out […]

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#GivingTuesday

November 28, 2017 In its sixth year, GivingTuesday will return on November 28, 2017, in response to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. GivingTuesday is an opportunity for non-profit organizations to simultaneously raise their community profile and annual contributions. Numerous organizations throughout the Indianapolis area utilize this fundraising tool. To find all participating organizations locally, nationally […]

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November: National Adoption Awareness Month

November is National Adoption Awareness Month. An entire month dedicated to raising awareness of the increasingly large number of children in need of a loving home. Our Journey Our choice to become adoptive parents was a long journey filled with multiple doctor appointments, medicine, treatments, injections, and finally surgery. My husband and I discussed for […]

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