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Sparking Joy

Well, does it? Like everyone else, we are watching Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix. I am someone who places a lot of sentimental and emotional value to things, so taking a look at each individual thing we own and asking the question, “does this spark joy?” makes a lot of sense to me.… Continue reading Sparking Joy

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Happy 2019

We are not big New Year's Eve party people. Typically we stay home, it's warm, it's safe from the crazy drunk drivers, and it's just more us. This year we did party it up at a Noon Year's Eve bash that the KCMB hosted. There was bowling, lots of dancing, and Madeline's favorite - a… Continue reading Happy 2019

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The Fifth Christmas

It is still crazy to me that we just celebrated our fifth Christmas with Madeline. We began our Christmas Day much like last year. I woke up way before everyone else. I started the coffee, made sure the stockings were all filled and sitting on the sofa, turned on all the Christmas lights, grabbed the… Continue reading The Fifth Christmas

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My Thoughts

I've been (mostly) silently watching your comments and some of them make me sick to my stomach. You want to know why girls/woman don't come forward at the time? You. Men (and women) like you who doubt and deny and blame the girl for what happened to them. Fear and shock can prevent you from… Continue reading My Thoughts

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Life Lesson: Be Kind. Always

The news gives me anxiety. I watch it and I'm always afraid and ashamed by what I see. Violence. Hate. Fear. It's really just too much. I live in middle America. I live in a very diverse suburb of a diverse city in Missouri. My daughter will go to school with children of all races,… Continue reading Life Lesson: Be Kind. Always