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Where You Invest Your Love: Valentine’s Tea

Truthfully, I had every intention to write about streamers and recipes and throwing the perfect Valentine’s party. And maybe another day I will. But for today, life feels all too fleeting. And my heart is stirring with this line from Mumford and Sons as I plan our fifth annual mother-daughter Valentine’s tea: “where you invest […]

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Friendsgiving

Two years ago, we proclaimed independence from the man (read: decided to stay home for Thanksgiving instead of traveling to see family), and I did the only thing I could think of to do at the time. I embarked on a solo mission. The mission was to cook each and every aspect of a Thanksgiving […]

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Single Parenting Through the Holidays

There are very few of us who grew up with the dream to become a single parent one day. Rather, single parenting is usually the byproduct of life taking us down a road that we hadn’t planned for. Each of our stories look different, and the intricate circumstances of failed love resonate personally and individually different in our […]

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Standing with Aleppo this Christmas

I decided I cannot turn my head away. Because the killing doesn’t stop. The pain doesn’t cease fire. The hunger doesn’t flee when I refuse to look. When I flip the channel because the headlines makes me uncomfortable or stop reading the article because it is too deep in the trenches of pain for this […]

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Teach Them To Give

This is my first Christmas as a mama and I am so excited! I can’t wait to have family Christmas traditions and make every Christmas morning special for Grace. One thing I want to instill in Grace, however, is that Christmas is not just about what she gets from Santa. I want to raise her […]

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When All is Not Calm and Bright: Giving The Gift of Holiday Help

Silent Night used to be one of my favorite Christmas carols.  Now that I have parented through three first Christmases, those tender lyrics sting a bit.  Nothing has ever been calm and bright for me in those first few months with a newborn.  Those first Christmases were bittersweet for me.  Returning to work after maternity […]

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A Love Hate Relationship with the Holidays

It begins with Halloween, the costumes, the jack-o-lanterns, spider webs, witches, ghosts, and skeletons.  The pumpkins, leaves, pilgrims, cornucopias, and turkeys of Thanksgiving.  The numerous Christmas trees, stockings, holly berries, wreathes, nativity scenes, and mistletoe.  And the lights.  The never ending lights.  Orange and black lights, white lights, colored lights, icicle lights, lights, lights, lights! […]

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