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Hey Kids, We’re Going on an Adventure!

It’s a random weekday and we have no plans. “What are we doing today?” my son asks. We, my boy, are going on an adventure! As I buckle the kids in the backseat and start driving, I feel a sense of relief, happiness really, as we soon are only surrounded by blue sky and wide […]

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5 Gifts to Give Your Child Before Kindergarten

5 Gifts to Give Your Child Before Kindergarten

Thanks to Christ the Savior Academy for sponsoring this post and for offering quality education to Wichita families!Kindergarten teacher Lauren Jabara has a school supply list that may take years for parents to complete. It won’t cost a lot of money, but it can ensure your child’s academic success for a lifetime. Despite a decade […]

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Where Did My Little Girl Go?

Where Did My Little Girl Go?

The other day, I was driving my 14 year old daughter somewhere and it hit me…where did my little girl go? She was sitting next to me in the passenger seat looking at her phone while singing lyrics to the song that was playing. I began to think back to when she was a baby. The […]

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How Motherhood Forced Me Out of PeoplePleasing

No More “Nice Girl” :: How Motherhood Forced Me Out of People-Pleasing

I’m a lifelong non-confrontational, “nice girl”. Like all other “nice girls”, I learned at a pretty early age  to keep quiet when something upset me and accept inappropriate remarks and behavior with a polite smile, because that’s what “nice” people do. They keep the drama quotient low and avoid conflict whenever possible. The problem is that conflict […]

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adoption wichita kansas

A Forever Kind of Love

Special thanks to Martin Pringle for sponsoring this post and helping local moms in their journey to motherhood. On National Adoption Day thousands of children in foster care are adopted by their foster families.  I attended our local celebration at Exploration Place in November. There were hundreds of people – all gathered to celebrate something […]

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Social media and motherhood

Social Media and Motherhood

I check my Facebook and Instagram several times a day. Okay, more than several. I don’t understand Twitter, and  Snapchat confuses me. The filters are funny, but aside from that, I don’t get it. And, I believe that we can form bonds with people we only know through social media, for example, I truly love […]

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Clean Room

How to Teach Your Kids to Clean Their Rooms

“Is your room clean?”   Ah, the age old question that leads to tantrums or to miraculously finding lost library books the day before they are due, or maybe unearthing dishes from the carpet and discovering the matching sock you thought the dryer sucked away. Often, when we cleaned our son’s room, we would discover empty candy wrappers we never […]

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