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What I Learned From Fighting with My Sister

As the oldest child, for almost four glorious years I had my parents all to myself. Everything revolved around little Kaci, which I now know wasn’t such a good thing. Then, something shifted in my universe when my mom brought home a new baby girl. The rest of my adolescence was defined by a love-hate relationship with this new family…

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He Makes All Things New

Every time I hold my newborn daughter, I am reminded of the excitement and miracle involved in something new. Perhaps that is why so many people look forward to New Years and make resolutions for positive changes. But just like my daughter was born in late November, starting over with a clean slate in a certain area doesn’t have to…

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Santa Baby

Christmas is coming and two words are heard in every home: Santa Claus. Hopefully “Baby Jesus” is also heard in many homes, but sadly apart from church and individual households, these words are not as advertised as the jolly old dude in red duds. I have never told my three-year-old son “Santa is watching” (though I threaten him with “Jesus…

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Halloween: Good, Bad or Ugly?

It’s that time of year again. Time for kids to pick out a special costume and eat all the candy they want. That is unless they are not allowed to celebrate Halloween at school, home, or anywhere else. Growing up not truly “celebrating” Halloween and now being a parent, I have a unique perspective on this holiday (much like my…

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Finding Fulfillment in Life

I can honestly say I’m at one of the happiest times in my life, and it has nothing to do with what’s going on around me. Sure, I’m about to have my second child to complete our family, my stand-up and writing careers are getting recognition, and I have a great support system of family and friends. But I give…

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Family Support for Starting a New School

Whether it’s the first day of preschool or the first day of a doctorate program, starting a new school year is never easy. Those years when the transitioning encompasses not only another grade but also a whole new school seem to be the most difficult. Fortunately, family members can play an important part in helping the student transition more smoothly.…

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What Makes A Mother?

Despite having a son for two and a half years, it still catches me off guard when someone wishes me “Happy Mother’s Day.” Maybe it’s because until I had my son, I wasn’t even sure if I wanted to be a mother. Or maybe it’s because since he’s so young I feel like I have not yet earned the right…

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Conservative Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem: Sieze the day! We’ve all heard it, said it, and read it. It’s known as living in the moment, worrying only about the day, etc. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary describes it as “the enjoyment of the pleasures of the moment without concern for the future.” Even the Bible instructs us to “not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry…

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