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Amber Dawkins

Amber Dawkins
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Amber loves jellybeans, morning snuggles, and new adventures. Personality tests peg her as 93% extroverted. She loves to write, but most of the time, you’ll find her behind her camera lens. Amber left her teaching position in 2016 to turn her passion into a full time photography career. She now spends time photographing homes for real estate agents, updating headshots, freelancing for local magazines, and creating branding imagery for businesses by capturing their spaces, products, people, and processes. She also does portrait sessions for families, children, and high school seniors. Amber recently got married in a small pandemic friendly wedding. As mama to one and stepmama to four, she thrives on the happy chaos of a large, blended family. Amber lives with both Cystic Fibrosis and CF Related Diabetes and thanks God daily for His blessings and the medical advances that continue to keep her as healthy as possible.

Hanging in There and Giving Away Pebbles

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“How are you?” seems to be a generic greeting now-a-days. People don’t always wait for an answer. Some don’t even expect an answer. But if a response is given, it’s almost always either a...

Teaching the Fruits of the Spirit

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I have had grand plans for quite a while now to teach my preschooler about the fruits of the Spirit. I was going to do hours of blog-reading and website-scouring to find the best...

Helping Your Child Deal with Frustration

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I was trying to hang garland on our bannister. I didn’t have anything to connect it to the railing with, so I thought it would just be easiest if I wrapped it. (Insert head shake...

Backseat Driver: How I Taught my Toddler to Keep Us Safe Behind the Wheel

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I’ll never forget the scene that was unfolding before me. I had been slowly making my way toward the stoplight at 135th and Murlen in Olathe. Traffic had been backed up for a while,...
Mental Illness: The Stigma, The Reality, The Love of a Parent

Mental Illness: The Stigma, The Reality, The Love of a Parent

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There are the things you just don’t talk about. As a second grader, my dad dumped my freshly purchased school supplies onto the concrete in the Kmart parking lot, sorting the piles according to true...

Power of the Pouch

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Once upon a time, I wasn’t so sure about the baby food pouch. Part of me thinks it’s because I craved the “click-ability” of the lids of baby food jars from my own childhood. But...

An Evolving Message to Our Son

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“Be safe. Be respectful. Be kind.” They are the words I whisper to my son as we stand, foreheads together, surrounded by the toys and kids of my mother’s home daycare, giving quick goodbyes before...

The Crunchy Pendulum: Where I Finally Landed

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Crunchy, adjective - Having a healthy diet and way of living; natural; earthy My journey down the “crunchy” rabbit hole started with a set of plastic spoons given to me at a baby shower. Everything else I received that day, from pacifiers to sippy...

My Mommy Sense is Tingling: A Mother’s Complete Guide to Synesthesia

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Fox is hard-left; spoon is soft-right. Mackenzie is orange; Amanda is lavender. And if you were to even suggest that a word might be hard-RIGHT or soft-LEFT, well, my goodness. It’s like fingernails on a chalkboard....

Mama’s Nap Time Splurges

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I think I can pinpoint the exact moment my nap time splurges began. Oliver was just a few days old, and we were dealing with what appeared to be our first encounter with newborn gas....

My Little Boy Likes Fairies

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My little boy likes fairies.  Yes, that’s right. My three year old boy likes fairies, princesses, and pink. Actually, I think he prefers them. He stops at every display he sees in stores, excitedly looking...
How Laundry Caused My Scariest Motherhood Moment

How Laundry Caused my Scariest Motherhood Moment

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Hi, I’m Amber, and I’m an overprotective mom. I come by it naturally. My own mother has done home daycare for 30 years and plays by the ultimate safety rule books. So when I...

Lessons from the Classroom: How Teaching Prepared Me for Parenthood

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During my first years of teaching, I frequently reassured myself that the classroom management trials I was facing were preparing me for parenthood one day. When I was caught off-guard by a student's dishonesty and...

Thermostat Battles

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I think my husband is a grizzly bear. And I'm not just talking about his snoring or the way he hibernates in his man cave for what seems like days on end. I'm talking...

Cherishing the Littlest Moments in the Midst of a Big, Busy Life

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The library books are overdue (again). Groceries are spilling out of plastic bags strewn across the kitchen counter. The checkbook needs to be balanced. Text message alerts are pouring in from the phone, which...