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Words for memorial and moral integrity | Moms (1)

May 25, 2015 — 

With Memorial Day here, I hope many of us cast off the sole expectation of BBQs in good weather for the remembrance of those who no longer sit at their …

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There is a train coming | Moms (2)

May 22, 2015 — 

In the not too far distance there is a train coming. A beckoning voice that booms in the lowest valleys and awakens the coldest mountain. There is a train coming. …

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Bring back the handwritten note and GIVEAWAY | Moms (3)

May 22, 2015 — 

The screen has become our friendship maker. We click and like and share and tweet. We send pictures, name-drop, tag and suggest. I am so far behind in this I …

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Duggar sex abuse allegations, a call for culture change | Moms (4)

May 22, 2015 — 

Andy Warhol is credited with the quote, "In the future everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." I wonder if being infamous adds to one's allotted time. Jim Bob and …

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Her children rise up and call her blessed | Moms (5)

May 21, 2015 — 

She was born in a humble setting, with a twin sister and her daddy fighting in World War II for the first two years of her life. She was cautious, …

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The day I hit my baby with our car | Moms (6)

May 21, 2015 — 

When my son was about 18 months old, I hit him with our car. Now, before you start screaming at me, please know this was not intentional. That little guy …

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Our community needs some vegetables | Moms (7)

May 20, 2015 — 

I tried to hide butternut squash in my husband’s spaghetti sauce. I say, “tried” because he quickly found a chunk of the squash and then could, of course, taste it …

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School excludes special needs girl from field trip | Moms (8)

May 20, 2015 — 

If you look up "Mama Bear" in the encyclopedia it's possible you'll find my picture. The reality is, I'm not just a Mama Bear to my kids. If your child …

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A mother's heart, an empty womb | Moms (9)

May 20, 2015 — 

In May of 1992, I celebrated my first Mother’s Day. It was not a happy day. I attended a church service, sitting in the back of the sanctuary, trying to …

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Paleo Egg, Bacon, Green Bean Frittata Bake | Moms (10)

May 20, 2015 — 

Sometimes I throw together stuff for dinner and it works! This was one of those dinners.I was trying to make something that would provide leftovers for the next day, that …

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Corsets, Spanx and yes, aprons | Moms (11)

May 20, 2015 — 

Once upon a time, women wore restrictive undergarments to help their figures. Today, we may still do, on special occasions. But, generally, we live in an era that prefers to …

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Farm fresh scramble | Moms (12)

May 19, 2015 — 

Living in the Umpqua Valley has more perks than the beautiful landscape. The fresh air and the wide open spaces has created a beautiful place for young families to tend …

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Taming the tongue and learning to listen | Moms (13)

May 19, 2015 — 

I talk a lot. More than I should. I talk to myself when no one else is around. I talk so much I have a hard time listening to what …

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Things only a woman understands and other laughs | Moms (14)

May 18, 2015 — 

I love to laugh. Even when I want to be mad sometimes, something funny gets the best of me. And that just about drives me crazy, I finally decide to …

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Local ideas for the summer | Moms (15)

May 15, 2015 — 

The countdown to summer has started. It won't be long before many small humans will be spending more time at home because school will be out. Have you started planning …

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May 13, 2015 — 

I am running my first half marathon this weekend. This has been a goal of mine for the last few years and with much perseverance (and two babies in that …

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Water safety and local resources | Moms (17)

May 12, 2015 — 

As the weather is starting to heat up, my boys have already started to ask if it is time for us to put up our pool. I am sure many …

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Parenting fears and what to do about it | Moms (18)

May 11, 2015 — 

Over the years, I have definitely had my fair share of experiences that have caused me fear and anxiety, yet I have to say that nothing seems to have raised …

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Savory Quinoa | Moms (19)

May 11, 2015 — 

A journey toward better health often means trying new things. Some are replacements for foods we’re eliminating. Other foods are added in addition to current foods, in order to get …

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Love in a blended family | Moms (20)

May 7, 2015 — 

Statistics tell us that over 65 percent of Americans are a part of the stepfamily scenario: child, parent, sibling, grandparent. 82 percent of new blended families say they “don’t know …

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