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When Winning The Lottery And Being Lucky Means Being Able To Care For Your Special Needs Child

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 2:41 PM

When Marie Holmes, one of the three recent Powerball winners sharing the $564 million dollar jackpot, officially claimed her prize, she said the best thing about winning is being able to provide for her children. Holmes is a single mom with four kids and was living in a trailer. And...

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Finding Delight In The Every Day

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 5:16 PM


Sometimes the subtle things, they can slip by. The start of school this year brought change. So. Much. Change. My first born teen girl adjusting to high school, where everything was new; the scratchy uniforms, friends, rules, hours of homework and higher expectations. My heart felt overly full her...

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5 Facts High School Freshmen Want Parents to Understand

(1) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 2:17 PM

A few weeks ago, on our last summer afternoon, my girls and I escaped the heat by heading to our local movie theater. As we stood waiting in line at the snack counter, my soon-to-be freshman took hold of her younger sister's wheelchair, took the movie tickets from my hand...

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When the Unthinkable Happens at School: Keeping Your Child Safe

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 11:44 AM

"Hold Me." "Send Wine." The social media updates are a never-ending stream of back-to-school posts. Photo after photo of new outfits, backpacks and nervous smiles. We want them to go, yet still want to keep them close. We say goodbye each morning, trusting that at the end of each school...

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5 Lessons I Learned About Mothering As Someone Who Was Adopted

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 12:38 PM

1. Home is the place where you should always feel comfortable and that you belong. Make your home a family sanctuary, a comfortable place where your kids can relax and feel like they fit, choosing function over fashion. When building your nest, consider the personalities of your kids and the...

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Recipe for Good Mothering

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 4:24 PM

Standing at my bookshelf, my fingers follow the worn, familiar spines of my books, old friends that I have forgotten. There are books on poetry, art and religion; books on growing things and making things; books on building business; books of dreams once pursued. Mysteries, memoirs and fiction that used...

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How to Thrive: The Third Metric Approach to Parenting

(2) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 12:44 PM

"Are you OK, Mommy?" Zoe's face is flushed from her bath and glistens with drops of water. Her eyes follow mine while she waits for me to answer. While wrapping the towel behind her, I pull her face to mine, our noses touch and I steal a kiss. She is...

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I Made This Baby

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 9:41 AM

It has been almost 10 years since my first visit to the Cleveland Clinic, when we first and finally found a diagnosis for my daughter Zoe. Less than two years later, we returned to discover that Zoe's big sister had the same metabolic disorder. That is when the scientific study...

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The Words That Remind Me of My Daughter's Strength

(1) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 4:02 PM

"Mom, when I grow up I want to be a nurse so I can help people..."

"Mommy, will you teach me everything you do, so I know how to be a good Mom?"

"Someday, I'll drive a big car like this..."

My daughter Zoe has been telling me these things...

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This Is Real, This Is Us, This is Love

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 7:44 AM

"Can I die, Mom?" my daughter Zoe asks. She is standing in her walker, pausing, with one hand on her hip, in a perfect petulant tween pose. Her hair, middle school trendy, straight and long, flows over one shoulder onto the front of her graphic t-shirt. I take all of...

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Finding Family: New Ohio Law Will Unseal Old Adoption Records

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 3:58 PM

In my baby book there is an empty page titled "About The Day You Were Born." And on the page where my birth certificate belongs, there is a handwritten note detailing my ethnic background with a picture of the day my parents brought me home, at 8 months old, from...

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How A Conversation I Dreaded Turned Into A True Christmas Gift

(4) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 10:36 AM

When my husband and I were newly married, and our life with no kids was still streamlined and slow, we had plenty of time to dream about the family we would grow. It was the start of one holiday season, when the Sears Christmas Wish book arrived, that we got...

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The Lesson I Learned From the Gift of a Pumpkin: How to Find Family Fun on Halloween

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 9:55 AM

Just days before Halloween, when my daughter Zoe was almost 4, we found ourselves inpatient (again) at our local hospital. Fall had just arrived in Arizona, and though the days were bright and sunny, the weather in the desert was finally, deliciously cooling.

Zoe however was captive to the...

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How Motherhood Changes the Texture in Our Lives

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 4:50 PM

" I sit and listen to parents and grandparents describe the texture of their days as they sit next to their tiny babies, willing them to be okay. I recognize the same look in the faces of mother after mother, the fear, the not-knowing, the worry, the pure exhaustion." -...

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Slowing Down to Splash in the Rain

(10) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 11:00 AM

It is bedtime, and my daughter Zoe, fresh from her bath, is heading to the kitchen table for her nightly medicine and dessert. She is tired, I can tell, by the slow way her legs come together, causing a clumsy and uneven gait. Step by step, she makes her way,...

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Back-to-School: 6 Tips For Your Sensory Child

(2) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 11:57 AM

I know I'm not alone. I get smiles in solidarity, hear the groans at the local Starbucks, and share the frazzled mom look of yoga pants, messy hair and tired eyes. It's called back-to-school shock. While some moms are dancing in their driveways, Moms like me are charting...

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À l'auteur de la note anonyme laissée sur mon pare-brise

(7) Comments | Posted September 2, 2013 | 3:24 PM


Je pense que je vous connais... Vraiment. Avant de devenir maman, je vivais dans votre monde où tout est blanc ou noir, où chaque chose est à sa place. J'avais un programme, un emploi du temps, des "to-do lists", etc. Ce doit être...

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What You Don't Know and Can't See

(18) Comments | Posted August 31, 2013 | 11:58 AM

"How did I get the line on my leg, Mommy?"

Zoe asked me about her scar last night as I lay next to her, mostly murmuring that she should go to sleep while I tried especially hard not to nod off. Kids are funny at bedtime, vulnerable to...

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To the Author of the Anonymous Note Left on My Car Window

(7557) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 10:40 AM


I think I recognize you... I do. Before becoming a Mom, I used to live in your world of black and white, with everything in order, in its place. I had a plan, a schedule, a list of finished projects to...

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Why I Choose to Celebrate My Sassy Tween's Back-to-School Attitude

(30) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 9:52 AM

After a summer of constant mothering and all things tween girls -- ice cream cones and boy crush movies, neon nail polish and icy cold lemonade, afternoon swim sessions with late summer night secrets -- seeing my girls go back to school again has left me feeling out of sync....

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