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Birthday Reflections

Isn’t it funny how quickly things can change? As I sit and reflect on this, I cannot believe that my eight pound, three ounce baby boy has grown into a five-foot, seventy pound young man in a very short eleven years.Happy Birthday, Connor!No longer a helpless...

From The Smartly: Beauty

Originally published on The Smartly: This past month saw my daughter start cheerleading for the first time ever.  At age six, she is still very much into princesses and everything girlie. In two weeks of cheerleading, she has done nothing but practice her jumps and...

From The Smartly: The Working Parents’ Dilemma

Previously posted on The Smartly:Summer vacation – It is the time of the year every child anticipates with glee.  It is also the time when stay-at-home moms feverishly search for games, activities, camps, and other events with which to keep their children busy...

A Special Day

I have a secret.  When Jim and I were first discussing family, I was adamant about not wanting a girl.  I remember all too clearly how I was growing up.  I just did not want to deal with the battles about clothes and boys, the heartbreak that occurs because of mean...

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Last week, my five-year-old asked me if “a King or a Martin Junior King” had died.  She had all sorts of questions about where he died and how she saw signs from an old movie that said “Whites Only”.  She did not really understand what that...