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I need to hug someone. That is my overwhelming feeling right now. I am a hugger. I am the type of person who strikes up random conversations with people at the grocery store. I am the annoying jogger who...
Sacrifice and servanthood are inevitable when you become a mother, but I'm sick of Mother's Day cards that praise women for shrinking themselves so small they no longer exist. Here is the Mother's Day card I hope to receive from...
One Monday morning, I awoke with the distinct feeling it was time to start serious potty training (is toilet training the proper term now?). We had passed through all the easy preparation stages: standing near the toilet, sitting on...

My View: Clean Slate

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When the stay at home order was put into place, like many, I was distressed over cancelled plans, school, and general logistics. It was mind boggling going from a jam-packed schedule to literally nothing. Strangely--or maybe not strangely--my feelings...
“If you’re making each other mad, why don’t you just separate?!” “Why are you guys on top of each other ALL THE TIME?” “Just stay away from each other if you keep fighting!” I know I am not the only one who...
When my son, Patrick, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a baby, his doctor lifted his forearm and pointed to a spot exactly between his wrist and elbow. “This is the middle,” he said. “This is where your son will...
The world is reeling. Our country is suffering. The daily headline for every news channel recites the most recent death toll in which the pandemic, COVID-19, has captured. We are living in a cocoon of fear, where our avoidance...
I've been a little overwhelmed, and it's okay. With all that is going on, not being okay is just fine. Recently, I have been helping my mom after having her foot surgery, making sure to help supply what she needed...
This year for Lent, I gave up plastic bags. Cold turkey. If I went to the store without my bag, I either purchased new reusable bags or shoved what I could in my purse and juggled the rest to...
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and while stay-at-home orders will make celebrations a little different this year, there is some encouraging news. A recent headline from The Washington Post reads, “In India, life under coronavirus...
"Look, Mom, that baby is missing her hand!” My daughter was born in July of 2018 with a physical "difference"; she was born with just one hand. When someone is born with a physical difference it is called "congenital." People...
I’m going to be honest with you. During the early days of social distancing, in the aftermath of no-more-school-for-the-rest-of-the-year, while I digested this new normal, all of the color-coded schedule, science experiment, creative art project, colorful driveway posts on...
My entire life: "I can't wait to be a mother. I think I might even be good at staying at home all day. I’m going to have schedules with games, activities, outside time, we are going to be a...
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Chores Done Easy!

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If you are like me, maybe you didn’t have set chores when you were a kid. No one ever showed me how to properly clean anything. I just watched my mom (when she did clean) and tried to emulate...
Many of us start out each year by making resolutions, defining our “why,” and setting goals. My word of the year for 2020 was “calm.” Little did I know when I chose that word that I would soon be...

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Summer Reading Programs in Kansas City

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In these turbulent times of quarantines and lockdowns, the partial reopening of local libraries are giving us the distractions we need, both...