I have an incredible, lengthy, dramatic (almost delightfully trashy) story about how my husband and I met. But for the gist of this piece, what you need to know is that we met online, lived eight hours away from...
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s a great opportunity to break from the usual routine and do something special or memorable with your family. In our house, the older kids are already brainstorming ideas for their Valentine...

A Thank You Note to Kindness

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My family and I have been on the receiving end of a lot of kindness this past year. From large gestures of service that helped us get through losses, to small random acts that remind us we are in...
My husband and I were looking forward to getting away for a long weekend to beat those post-holiday blues. This would be our first time, after having kids, to leave our kids at home for multiple nights! It took...
While doing some introspection recently (read: driving with all three kids buckled in the back seats actually being quiet), I identified some unhealthy patterns that I had gotten caught up in. In fact, subconsciously I knew they were lingering...
Winter Break is almost here! Do you usually want to ship your kids back to school (and your spouse back to work) by day three? With a little intentional planning beforehand, you can make your time at home all...
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Neighborly Love

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When we moved into our house six years ago, one of our biggest questions was “what will our neighbors be like?” Since that time, we have come to know the people who share our street quite well and cannot...

Life After Pregnancy Loss

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As I begin, I first want to offer my sincere sympathy to those who know the searing pain of pregnancy loss. It's completely tragic, devastating and leaves the heart longing for what might have been. I personally know this...
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A Letter to My Oldest Child

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To my oldest child, I’ve been thinking and I have something I just have to get off my chest. We’ve never really talked about this before but its been eating at me for a while. I hope you understand how...
Since moving away from our immediate family three years ago, visits are precious and far fewer than when we lived less than an hour away from everyone. Finding time to travel or time to host overnight guests is also...

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Places to Visit Near Columbus While Social Distancing

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When the stay at home order began, my husband and I were fearful of what was going to come. Like other families, we were...
guide to the month of May

Guide to the Month of May

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Fairies and Outdoor Fun