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Mother’s Day: Breaking the Cycle Of Broken Relationships

My mother and I were never close. My older brother and I grew up in a turbulent household. We moved frequently and often woke to shouts and the sound of things breaking. Many nights, we...

Walking Wounded: Breaking the Silence and Stigma of Abuse from PTSD and TBI

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"One foot in front of the other. That's it. Just keep going."  I'm mentally coaxing myself. Numb. Dazed. The walking wounded. "Please don't bump me," I'm silently pleading with the strangers who I pass in the...

I Didn’t Want to Be Pregnant, But Then I Lost the Baby

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This post was written one month ago, just hours after miscarriage.  I have three young kids: a 4-year-old, a 2-year-old, and a 9-month old baby girl. It's great when they get along, but the two...

5 Tips and Tricks for Traveling with Kids

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Traveling takes on a whole other meaning when you have to do it with kids. I found myself in this exact predicament when my family and I PCSed from the states to Japan with...

Sunday, Bloody Sunday: Do You Catch My Flow?

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Opening scene: It is my first postpartum period. I am trying to put in my menstrual cup (more on that later) and it WILL NOT pop open. I’m doing this by flashlight balanced on...

The Benefits of Raising Children in a Multicultural Home

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I grew up experiencing two different cultures. My mom is American and has English and German origins. My dad is originally Palestinian, but his family migrated to Egypt and then to Saudi Arabia. I...

5 Reasons Why Living in Indiana Is the Best

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Other than living overseas for a few years as a child, for most of my life I have lived in Indiana, also known as the Hoosier State. I’m a Midwest girl and love it...

When Marriage Feels Hard

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Marriage can feel hard. In the beginning, it isn’t. My opinion is that it shouldn’t be. It should be mostly rainbows and loving gazes and every night feeling like a date night and "no, I...

Our International Love Story, Part III: This Is Us

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This is part 3 of a 3-part series in honor of National Adoption Month. For part 1 go here, and for part 2, go here. Everyone’s timeline is different, but we waited two years and...

Our International Adoption Love Story, Part II: The Home Study

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This is part 2 of a 3-part series in honor of National Adoption Month. For part one, go here. “Oh, well! You can always just adopt kids!” When people say this phrase, I hear, “Oh,...

Our International Adoption Love Story, Part I: Plan A

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Did you know that November is National Adoption Month? This adoption story is a lot of things, but more than anything, it is just a story of the incredible power of love. Unless I’m...

What I Learned When I Met a Kid I Didn’t Like

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I once heard someone say, “Kids are like farts, you only like your own.” It’s disgusting, kind of funny, and sometimes a little true. However, I do love kids, and I like to be the...