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With Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday weighing heavy on our minds (and wallets!) these days, we thought you might want to know some more about that mobile device your hubby (secretly) ordered for you for Christmas....

Just Like You

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We can never know the impact of a disease, an illness, or a disability on our families until we have walked through it with someone we love. You may recall a post from earlier this year when Sarah talked...
"A smile can change everything." With this in mind, Kansas City-based Smiles Change Lives has changed the lives of more than 5,000 children since 1997 by providing access to essential orthodontic treatment for children from low-income families. According to the...

Adoption: The Faces.

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MEET ELIZABETH and ABRAHAM After having two biological daughters, we decided to grow our family through adoption for any subsequent children. I had known since I was a little girl that I wanted to adopt, and my husband knew when...

Adoption: The Need.

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Adoption. A word that I believe we are hearing in a more positive light in our country these days. I'm excited and thankful that this word is becoming more and more familiar to our ears. The reason I get excited...

Move Aside, American Girl Doll

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Last December, my husband and I took an entire day to do our Christmas shopping. The parental units were in town which meant we had endless free babysitting. Like good Mid-westerners, we hopped in our gas-guzzling minivan and drove...
I was a better friend before I had kids.  There, I said it. Has that ever tugged at your heart as a mom? It repeatedly tugs at mine. I compare what I can do now with who I was a decade...
I’m the middle child, halfway between my older sister and younger brother, all born to parents who have been married for over fifty years. I would describe my family life as normal – mostly good with bouts of dysfunction...
I love children's books. Even before I had kids, I loved reading to my nieces and nephews and kept a mental list of all the books I would want to add to my child's collection one day. I always...

Categorical Changes

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(Note: This is the second post in our series dedicated to Prematurity Awareness Day; to read the other posts in this series, click here.) During our routine twenty-week sonogram with our first pregnancy, we learned that we were expecting twins. This revelation...
I've asked myself this question many times over the past eleven years. It was always more out of wonderment until now ... The first time was right after he really started walking and then stopped walking to start running -...

My Kids DON’T NEED a HOT mom

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The recent HOT topic about the mom who posted a picture showing off her post-babies bod has been on my mind a lot these past few weeks. The changes my body is going through while being pregnant with my third...

Teaching Thankfulness

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Last night, as I was tucking my son into bed, I asked him what he was thankful for.  The conversation went like this: Me: Let’s say our prayers. What are you thankful for today? M: I’m thankful that I’m a leaf...
There are many people that will greatly influence the lives of your kids – teachers, neighbors, grandparents, etc. While all of those are important in my son’s life, the person that rises to the top isn’t among that list....
... it's time for Fall Picture Day. If you are a mom of school-aged children, you may have experienced one or more of these reactions: > Picture Day is two weeks out and we should think about haircuts and wardrobe choices. > AHHHH!...

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Guide to Kansas City’s Favorite Drive-Thrus

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Supporting local restaurants is something that is really important to my family, even more so during the current pandemic. I especially love drive-thrus because...