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Learning to Live After The Loss of A Baby

Learning to live… learning is described as, ‘Knowledge acquired through experience, study, or being taught.’ Unfortunately in the case of losing a baby our knowledge is gained through experience. Experiencing every mother’s worst nightmare. When it happened to me, it was not even in the realm of possibilities and utterly shattered my soul. My brain […]

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To The Mom Who’s Suffered Loss: You’re My Hero

I have this friend. When I met her at my daughter’s dance class last year, I immediately classified her as “The One Who Has It All Together.” As if her trendy haircut, perfectly procured outfits, and sleek black sedan weren’t already screaming Nailing It, she also had three adorable, well-behaved children, and was a genuine pleasure to […]

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7 Things to NEVER Say to a Woman Who Has Lost a Child

I am, unfortunately a mother who has lost a child. My first child. I would never wish this pain on anyone. It is the deepest sadness that fully engulfs your soul and I truly hope you will never have to experience it. And, if you are a bereaved mommy reading this, then you know exactly […]

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Alzheimer's

Losing my Dad to Alzheimer’s Disease Broke My Heart

My Dad, the ever-optimist and leader of our family, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2001.   Let me tell you about my Dad.  My Dad’s smile would light up a room.  He was almost always positive and if you asked him how his day was going, he would likely reply “Fantastic, but it’s getting better!” He was […]

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CHRISTMAS

Christmases without Dad

I laugh when I put up my Christmas tree. Eight pieces or so, pre-lit, done within 30 minutes (fluffing included). Yet, for YEARS I watched my Dad struggle with his…organizing the color-coded branches, wrestling the lights (usually with language equally colorful), and replacing burnt out bulbs. Why didn’t he just go buy a pre-lit tree […]

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How to Talk to Kids When Bad Things Happen

This past weekend we faced yet another tragedy in Oklahoma, another unfortunate event that has brought us together to remember we are and always will be Oklahoma Strong, no matter the circumstances. In light of the OSU homecoming tragedy, as parents we now have to comfort children whose innocent minds can’t fully process the event […]

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How Old it TOO Young The Free Range Parenting Debacle

How Old is TOO Young: The Free Range Parenting Debacle

I sat in complete bewilderment this past January and again a few weeks ago, as I read about the Maryland couple who allowed their 10 & 6 year old children to walk to the park by themselves and now have to deal with Child Protective Services for “substantiated” child neglect.  Neglectful parenting?  Does no one remember getting to […]

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Cemetery Fun

Cemetery Fun!

So, maybe the words “cemetery” and “fun” have never been in the same sentence in your family but in mine they go together like peanut butter and jelly.  I can’t even count how often we have driven past a cemetery and the kids start to yell, “Mom, can we go to the cemetery, pretty please with cheese?!”  If […]

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