Tag Archives: family

a true story of hope: the world is smaller than we think

When I hear of the Syrian refugee crisis, I often think of my great-grandparents, who fled Germany with their two young daughters during WWII. Their ability to resettle in the U.S. was only because of the kindness, compassion, and generosity of an Iowa … Continue reading

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more alike than different: world down syndrome day

Today, 3-21, is World Down Syndrome Day, and my first of many celebrating as a mama to a little one with Down syndrome. By no means am I an expert on the extra chromosome, but I’m eager to share a … Continue reading

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yes, I have my hands full (and no, you don't have to remind me)

Yes, my hands are full. No, I don’t need you to pull me aside at the grocery store or the church lobby to remind me. I’m a busy mama to busy little ones. We have an incredibly active five-year-old, an … Continue reading

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thanking teachers this Christmas

Teachers deserve a thank you. More than that — they deserve a standing ovation. Teachers invest all they have into our most precious gifts, often quietly and without fanfare. When I had the chance to partner again with Hallmark, I knew who I … Continue reading

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everyone deserves family memories

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Wendy’s. All opinions are 100% mine. As you experience life, you come to understand that families are different. When Jonny married into my crazy crew of relatives, he noticed something. Something that I’d … Continue reading

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i want to raise a generation…

I want to raise a generation of kids that are free. I want my boys to explore. To be adventurous. To ask questions, to look at things and wonder why and why not. I want to raise up a generation … Continue reading

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sister, sister

I didn’t grow up with sisters. I have one younger brother, and spent my childhood bossing him around, convincing him to play Barbies. I always wondered what it’d be like to have a sister. Could I borrow clothes from her? … Continue reading

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