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We all know that reading to kids has lifelong benefits. From enriching vocabulary to encouraging brain development, reading is one of the best activities we can do with our children. Books fire up imaginations, and through them, we expose...
International Holocaust Remembrance Day is January 27, 2021   Why is it so important to remember? I think because it would be dangerous to forget.    Eleven million people died, and the world stood still and did nothing. Gas chambers were built, graves...
Military life is good training for many of the adaptations that life requires us to make.   I have been a military spouse for over 16 years. There are aspects of military life that make it particularly difficult. But many of...
I’ve worked directly with volunteers for nearly ten years within various organizations in St. Louis. One of the most frequent questions I get asked is, “How can I get my kids involved?” Or, “Can we volunteer as a family?”  I...
  Y'all, we have our first female VP!   I know we are still working out some kinks, but this is huge!!!! For years, I did not think our country was ready to have a woman in the forefront, let alone possibly...
One of the most meaningful lessons we can hope to take away from the year 2020 is the value of how we can serve our community by doing for (and giving to) others. Let's understand how our actions can,...
Ah, yessss! October is here. Time to breathe in the crisp, cool air and take in the beauty of fall. For us, October also means a month-long celebration and advocating for individuals with Down syndrome! This fall is definitely...
Taking 2020 day by day may be the best way to make a difference.   I spend a tremendous amount of mental energy pre-worrying. I classify pre-worrying as worrying far in advance about things that may or may not happen in...
Today I have to share the work of some of my favorite people in the entire world. I want to highlight some local military spouses who are doing amazing work to spread kindness and inspire others to do the...
Being White in America comes with responsibilities to be embraced and fulfilled. I started taking inventory of those in our life, specifically my son’s life. I have a rambunctious, eager to help mom and dad, blue-eyed, sandy blonde-haired boy. He...

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Six Months in Wentzville | A Post-Move Reflection

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Wentzville: Six whole months have flown by since we moved cross-country to this quiet, bustling town west of St. Louis. Moving mid-pandemic was one...