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Monthly Archives: January, 2012

Number 2 on the way….what were we thinking??


Our oldest loving her little sister….every moment wasn’t always this precious! Most parents experience pure excitement and joy when they learn they are pregnant with their first child.  They dive right in to learning about a healthy pregnancy, preparing for labor and delivery, and planning the nursery.  Often the experience is a little different when pregnancy occurs for …

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Keep your kids focused on caring….even when the holidays are over.


As  parents of older children, there are moments when Brad and I truly reap what we have sown over the last 20 plus years.  I usually joke that if you can do the right thing over 50% of the time, you are a good parent.  There are some days I think we accomplished that!  Recently I have seen …

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Baby it’s cold outside!


Wow, I woke up to a beautiful sunny morning with every branch glistening with frost.  My walk out to get the paper made me run back in for my cup of hot coffee, this made me want to think twice about a morning walk.  What is it about being an adult?  It seems that we …

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Snotty noses and winter go hand and hand.


It is definitely winter!  Cold and gray and a little cooped up!  Cabin fever is common in a home with children during these winter months.  So are running noses, coughs, fevers and other sicknesses! There were winters when I swore the kids had runny noses all January, February and March!  The truth is, they probably …

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A family complete……


                                                                                                    Our family was completed with #4, our son Connor.  Our house was definitely busy with 4 children age 6 and under, but it was wonderful.  I had always thought that we would parent a son pretty much like we parented our daughters.  We can start the whole nature vs. nurture conversation, but let’s just …

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And then we moved to zone defense……


I was proof that “mommy amnesia” exists when #3 Kaitlyn came along almost 2 years to the day after Kelsey.  The memories of a challenging first 3 months with Kelsey became fuzzy quickly, as often memories of challenging parenting moments do.  Once again our hearts “expanded” and overflowed with love for our new addition. Kaitlyn …

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And then there were TWO!


             Introducing #2, Kelsey.  Two years after Corri’s arrival, Kelsey entered our life loudly, literally.  She was 9 pounds of fussiness.  I think Corri and I walked 10 miles a day, because Kelsey liked the movement.  My talk about comforting, crying and sleeping that I often give was born from the first 3 months of …

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Introducing……


I want you to get to know my children as we journey together. Introducing my oldest, Corri.  I have a special place in my heart for oldest children and only children.  What experiments they are!  No matter how many books you read before you have a child, you are never prepared for the many emotions …

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Introducing: Raising kids with LOVE


First and foremost I am a Mom.  One of my true passions over the last 12 years has been supporting parents in their journey of raising children.  I speak weekly at two local hospitals, Indiana University Health West and Indiana University North and have been a guest speaker at numerous Mom’s groups, preschools, and churches.  …

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