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Dearest Tween,    It has been hard lately, hasn’t it? It seems like there are more disagreements and less patience by the day. You’ve gotten more sassy, and I’ve gotten more stubborn, and that combination has not been pretty. You are...
COVID devastated the place of countless women in the workforce. According to the National Women’s Law Center, 2.3 million women left the workforce from February 2020 through January 2021. But for those that were fortunate enough to have the...
In March of 2021, the social media platform LinkedIn added "Stay-At-Home Mom" as an option for a job title. This was created mostly to help mothers explain a gap in their resume for the time they took off to...
Know someone with weather anxiety? These tips may help!     My favorite movie of all time is The Wizard of Oz. At age two, I had a stuffed animal named Toto, and, as an eleven-year-old, when my family moved to Kansas,...
Typically, the month of May is all about honoring mom with Mother’s Day, but with Armed Forces Day being May 15th, I absolutely want to honor two of my sons who make me so proud serving in the Army...
“What are you doing for your mom for Mother’s Day?”   “We’re taking her to brunch.”   This was a lie. Well, sort of. We were taking my Mother-in-Law to brunch. MY mom had been gone for 11 years. The lie seemed easier...
May the fourth be with you. Such a fun play on words for the typical Star Wars universe saying, "May the force be with you," which is used to wish someone goodwill or good luck. The appropriate response is,...
April is the Month of the Military Child, so I thought it was the perfect time to chat about what it means to be a military child and what we can learn from these super resilient kiddos!     Today my 12-year-old...
  When I began facing my mom's health issues eight years ago, I felt alone. However, as this journey progresses, I’ve learned that many of us face taking care of parents at some point in life. Additionally, about 30% of...
This post originally ran April 21, 2019 during National Infertility Awareness Week.   Eighteen months ago, I delivered 34-week twins at Mercy. My water broke at 2:00 in the afternoon, and I became a mom to Josefina (Joey) and Lucas (Luke)...

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  Why do I love Florissant? History. Culture. Diversity. Hidden back roads. Amazing river views. 20 parks. And, the best neighbors anyone could ask for.       Florissant...