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On Independence and Family Values

“Mommy, what is the Fourth of July?” Zoe asked from the back seat of the car as I was hustling to get everyone to camp on time. Precisely when I’m either somewhat distracted or otherwise engaged is the perfect and most frequent time that I get asked...

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Yielding to the Summer Current

Summer is officially kicked off. We have had pool days, beach days, and do-nothing days. My kids are home and we are whole again, free from the routine and the homework and the rushing.   Whenever we get to this point, I think about...

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The Force of May

It's evident in the hallways at school, the walls that are dripping with artwork that has long begged to be taken home. The backpacks are stuffed in a corner, dirty and dilapidated, worn from day in and day out of packing and unpacking homework, lunch...

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My Life and My Love

Last week kicked off the beginning of what is probably going to be a travel filled spring/summer season for our family. Evvie and I packed up and flew to Phoenix, Arizona for several days in Scottsdale at a resort nestled in the base of the...

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Choose Your Own Adventure

When I was a sophomore in high school, I chose to do a report on the plight of the dolphins who were (are) getting caught and dying in fishermen’s nets. It led me down a rabbit trail of books, studies and information on animal welfare....

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Momma Loves: Fancy Update

  Let me re-introduce myself: Please welcome our brand new look! I worked with Erin and Tim Cooper over at CooperHouse  for the last six months on bringing my vision for this space to life. Given all that's been going on, what with a new baby and a new...

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Caring for Our Furry Family Member

We waited a really long time to be able to bring a dog into our family. My relationship with my husband began while he was still in school; he was attending classes full time while working odd jobs on the side and I was busy...

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Eight the Great

Becoming a parent to older children seemed to happen over night. One day, Jack and Zoe were small and the next they were grown. It's like the newborn phase all over again with that glowy haze of uncertainty and moments stockpiled with new discoveries, reaching...

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Momma Loves: Travel Edition

I've been traveling with my babies for years now, as hard as it is for me to believe that. Taking the family to New York City was the first time we've traveled with all four, all together though-something that felt like an incredibly monumental feat. There...

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Traveling in their Comfort Zone

We're getting ready to embark on a fairly long trip to New York City with all of the kids during the holidays. I've been flying by myself with two to three kids for years now, and consider myself something of an expert. Except that any...

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Reestablishing the Village

Last year around this time, I was in Guatemala. The families we visited had nothing but each other. The chickens ran through their dirt floored living rooms where the children played, huge smiles spread wide across their little faces. The women, draped in long skirts,...

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International, Baby

Evvie and I got back late last night from a very quick and amazing trip to Toronto. I had been anticipating this trip for a couple of weeks, Justin and I even went to San Francisco to order Evvie a rush passport just so we'd be...

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