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15 Things We Have Learned in Our First 15 Years of Marriage

15 Things We Have Learned in Our First 15 Years of Marriage

Earlier this month, my husband and I celebrated 15 years of marriage. Some would say that is quite the accomplishment! It feels like it has always been, so I wanted to focus my thoughts and memories on how we managed to do all the things we have done. Reflection always brings us the seeds of […]

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School Year, New Year- How to Stay Connected

School Year, New Year: How to Stay Connected

Back to school time means new planners, new backpacks, new shoes, new clothes. It also means new routines, new classes, new teachers, new expectations, new personalities, new activities. New can be really exciting. It can also be extremely overwhelming, especially for children. Children are resilient and adaptable, but they are also still new to the […]

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Cut the Cord- Life without Television

Cut the Cord: Life Without Television

Fishing poles, enchanted cow sharks, and pretend fish bait.  Our eight- and five-year-old kids were being supervised through the windows overlooking our backyard. My husband, Bryan, was called out to fix the broken fishing pole, and he overheard most of the story that was developing as they played. It turns out that when one has enchanted […]

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3 Colorful and Fun, Easy Activities to Celebrate Leprechaun Day

3 Colorful, Fun, and Easy Activities to Celebrate Leprechaun Day

Back when I was an in-home child care provider, I attended a training that was focused on play-based learning. The speaker told us all about this really fun experience she’d had with her children, all centered around St. Patrick’s Day, only they called it, “Leprechaun Day.” Thinking about mischievous leprechauns seems to be more exciting for those young […]

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