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Sarah Kooiman
I'm Sarah, a Wisconsin girl who blogs at Arena Five, my neurotic corner of the Internet. I'm a wife, mom, Packers fan, writer, waitress, and shameless thief of the last beer in the fridge. Sometimes I drink two pots of coffee in a single day. My house is full of trucks, dirt, and torn jeans. I blog about the battle our family of five fights every day to grow in our faith and raise our children. Parenting is hard, yo. Writing about the tales from the trenches is one way I work through the mess and celebrate the extraordinary blessings that flow from the everyday battles.

Entries by Sarah Kooiman

How NOT to Remove a Tick During Breakfast

(4) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 3:27 PM

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There are a few things I have learned from being a mommy for the last seven years and one of them is that you absolutely cannot trust those space-monkeys to give you the full extent of the information that you...

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The Moment in Madison Square

(4) Comments | Posted July 20, 2014 | 9:09 PM

My feet pounded hard into the pavement as I turned the corner onto Bull Street.  My camera slammed against my hip over and over again as I hurried toward the south, anxious to beat the rain that threatened in the distance.  As I approached Madison Square, I was slowed by...

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10 Simple Strategies for a Clean and Organized Home

(37) Comments | Posted November 17, 2013 | 9:07 AM

We all lead busy lives. Between work, family responsibilities, hours wasted playing Candy Crush and the time needed to edit and post Pulitzer-worthy photos on Instagram, who the heck has time for housework? Not this girl, that's for sure. That's why I've developed this handy list of 10 surefire...

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This Is What Happens When I Run Out of Coffee

(4) Comments | Posted September 14, 2013 | 2:46 PM

There's a good chance Thomas has a dirty diaper right now, but he's busy climbing up on the coffee table while his big brother lays on the floor and tries to kick him, so I would hate to disturb him. I'll take care of it in a minute. There are...

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When It Hits You

(4) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 1:54 PM

When the kitchen table is covered in piles of folded laundry, the living room floor is littered with earless Mr. Potato Heads and the sink is overflowing with the crusty dishes from breakfast because you forgot to run the dishwasher before bed last night... again.

When the coffee is...

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9 Ways Babies Are Like Serial Killers

(65) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 5:36 PM

1. You wake up suddenly in the middle of the night to see them standing motionless in your doorway. Sure, they might claim to just be thirsty or scared of a thunderstorm, but I think we all know the truth.

2. You've caught them pushing buttons on the remote until...

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The Mystery Man at Miller Park

(656) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 4:17 PM

Dear Section 113, Row 17, Seat 22:

Forgive me for not getting your name yesterday. I really should have because I wanted to pray for you by name. My husband's company gets several sets of tickets to Milwaukee Brewers games every year that come available for the employee's use via...

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