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I've been reflecting on a question lately: Who will I be when the newborn phase is over? This isn't the first time I've contemplated this since I just had my fourth baby. I know all too well that I do...
Being able to recognize that someone needs help is something that takes a lot of vulnerability, compassion, and understanding. Whether you're looking at mental health therapy for yourself or developmental therapy for your children, the pressure is on, and...
Taking my children camping is something that I always imagined would be memorable and fun, but my first few experiences camping as a mom, although certainly memorable, were anything but fun. Some of that likely had to do with...
In a couple of short weeks, my youngest child, my baby, will start kindergarten. Sending him brings about several questions. Is he ready? Are we making the right choice? Will he thrive and fit in? He was born in...
My daughter had talked about getting her ears pierced for a while, and we discussed what to expect. When she turned five, we felt she understood what the process would be like and truly wanted it done. So, we...
May is Military Appreciation Month, a special month for both those in and out of the military. Of course we pause on Memorial Day to remember the sacrifice and service of those who gave all, but this month also...
I've always wanted to be a teacher. I may not have always realized it, but I instantly felt at home when I finally stepped back into a public high school for a field experience requirement. The sound of pages flipping...
Sentimentality is killing me. It’s the whimsy piano theme that plays while children skip through sun-dappled fields in neutral tones. Little bows bounce on the ends of braids, and little grubby palms cup a frog. You know the reels, “They...
As a pediatrician, parents often ask me what toys are ‘best’ for their kids. As a mom, I have looked through many review lists, tried many toys with my kids, and learned that there are SO MANY toys to...
It was an ordinary Sunday. My two girls (ages 3 and 1) were giggling on the floor beside my nightstand. My husband and I were cuddled up, listening to our girl’s banter, and all at once, my heart knew—we are...
As modern-day parents, we try to limit the amount of TV our kids are watching each and every day, but of course, there are times we purposefully try to add academic topics into our daily lives. Isn’t that the...

I’m a Maybe

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Maybe I'm not reliable anymore. Maybe I'm not on time anymore. I may or may not actually be able to show up when you need me. Maybe I'm taking more from my relationships than I am able to give. Of all the things...
Pets become a member of your family. Pets become a part of your everyday routine. Pets occupy a large spot in your heart. So, when you go through the heartbreak of losing a pet, when is the best time...
Three years ago, at the start of the pandemic, our family, like many others, went on furlough. We decided to spend each weekend outside, primitive camping. It was during that time that we started a special tradition. We would...

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Wine Tasting Around Indianapolis

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I’m not going to lie – I enjoy a nice glass of wine often. Sometimes two. I like to call myself a wine tasting...