I'll start out by being completely honest - being a redhead hasn't always had its perks.  There were times growing up where I absolutely hated my red hair.  Why couldn't I have that beautiful blonde shine or flowing locks...
If my husband died in the line of duty tomorrow... This is a thought that I have successfully pushed to the back of my mind for the past eight years. That is until I woke up on the morning of...
When you are expecting your first child there are a few things you do. You prepare a baby registry, pack a hospital bag, and generally get everything ready for the baby. One thing I think is common for new...
  Five years ago our family grew by four legs and a tail.  We decided it was time to get a dog.  After raising three kids into the teen years, our fourth "child" Louie, the rescue Bichon was by far...
Trick or treating is a Halloween tradition that children look forward to all year long. The dressing up, staying out late (oftentimes on a school night!), and of course, the CANDY all make for a fun night for everyone,...
Two of my children are bilingual. One is not. Given my family's 66% success rate, I am reevaluating what works for raising bilingual children, and what we may be doing that clearly isn't working at all. Background First, I'll give you a bit...
Our son was born on a Friday evening in the living room of our 1870s farmhouse.  Fast and intimate, it was the healing birth I needed.  And the dream home birth I didn't realize I needed.   We weren’t planning a...
“There is no heartbeat” The words every single woman fears hearing the second the plus sign appears and our hearts became instantly attached to our baby. Sadly the reality is a lot of us moms will hear those words and...
When I became a mother to our sweet girl, Melody, during the Grand Toledo Polar Vortex, in the weeks that followed all I wanted was to have my mom around. I grew up in a small town in Adams...
October is Down syndrome awareness month. How each of us chooses to bring awareness to something is probably different for each individual. That's what makes a month dedicated to Down syndrome so exciting. I get to see the mommas in...

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