Pregnant in a Pandemic

Let’s face it… pregnancy can be hard. Let alone in a pandemic. All types of emotions are already fragile and fired up with hormones. Top it off with comments from others like, “Is this really the best time to have a baby?” Followed by my favorite comment I’ve received so far, “You and your husband didn’t…
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Your YES Matters

Recently I was looking at toddler and preschool videos of my two daughters, who are now braces-clad 12 and 13 year olds. Watching those years in retrospect, I can’t get over their cuteness. Prancing around in princess dresses, proudly demonstrating their mastery of somersaults, doing their best to shape the cookie dough into perfectly round…
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A New Thing

I . love . change. Well, at least 98% of the time.    When my husband and I first got married and had our first apartment, randomly we would get that “look in our eye” (not THAT look 😉) — the, “let’s change something” look. And then one of us would say, “What do you…
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It’s not my party and I can cry if I want to!

My family is composed of high feelers. You will regularly find the entire spectrum of human emotion displayed through my wild and free five-year-old. This fierce beauty wears her heart on her sleeve. In fact, at her younger sister’s last birthday, she was recorded saying, “I know it’s not my party and I can cry…
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Homeschooling without Regrets

Homeschooling had never been on my radar. And for a variety of reasons, my husband was adamantly against it. We loved our daughters’ private Christian school, and I loved having part of the day to myself again.   What I didn’t love was the pace of life we were caught up in. Here is a…
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Responding vs. Reacting

Being cooped up in my home with a busy one and two year old during the COVID-19 pandemic, along with the nausea and fatigue from being in the first trimester of pregnancy, left this mama tired and grasping for moments to recalibrate throughout the day. Even the simplest tasks felt arduous. Daily, I looked forward…
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Why Porta Potties make me Happy

It was a hot July day circa 1994 as my mom dropped me off at SanRose Stables on the outskirts of the city for a day with my horse. The barn wasn’t fancy, but it was quaint with its rickety, wooden outbuildings with chipped paint, wandering dirt paths and well-loved saddles smelling of sweat and…
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Confronting my own Racial Bias

I was the charge nurse the evening it happened. I was standing at the nurse’s station when a heavily muscled Black man walked briskly up to me and started yelling angrily. “When are you going to come to my room and check my ear? I can’t stand this pain! I can’t believe it around here!…
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God will Prevail

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9). I’ve done scary things in my life.  When I was five, I regularly visited prison yards with my parents for a local outreach. When…
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Won’t you be my neighbor…?

I grew up in the western suburbs of Minnesota in the 80s. Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood was a constant in those days, and I remember watching his puppets and that little red trolley with quiet reverence as I slowly popped warm raisins in my mouth. (That’s me in my Mr. Rogers fandom days!????) Oh how I…
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