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How To Overcome Messiah Complex When You Have A 13 Month Old

My mood is almost entirely determined by a 13 month old. That was my realization today, and there’s something wrong with that. Absolutely, essentially wrong. She’s a baby. I’m a full-grown woman. And yet … When she’s happy and laughing my world is right. I feel joy, no matter how exhausted

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Book Chat: Under Heaven’s Shining Stars by Jean Grainger

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Book Chat: Under Heaven’s Shining Stars by Jean Grainger   Check out Under Heaven’s Shining Stars A heartfelt tale of three young men, their trials, their tribulations, and the love that holds them together. I loved the simplicity and honesty of the relationships between the three lead characters and the

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Can paradise ever be paradise when you have a toddler?

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Can paradise ever be paradise when you have a toddler? We’re in Grand Cayman, the weather is amazing, just hot enough with a cooling breeze. Flowers are in bloom, roosters crow with delight. We’re away from the crowds as we visit a lovely lady who was my mom’s roommate back

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Being a mom. The exhaustion, the transformation, the joy

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As I sit to write, my daughter is 1 year 1 month and 8 days old. She’ll likely be much older by the time this post makes it to the world’s eyes because … being a mom. I’m a writer, and so all along, even when she was nothing but

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The complexity of mother’s day and a mother’s love.

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In just a few days families everywhere will be celebrating one of the most important people in their lives. Mother’s Day is a complex holiday. For some it’s joyous, for others painful, and for many it’s both. So it’s always difficult to know what to write. For years, Mother’s Day

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Book Chat: A Curve in the Road by Julianne MacLean

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Book Chat: A Curve in the Road by Julianne MacLean   Check out A Curve in the Road*** A beautiful look at the way even when life takes an unbelievably horrible turn, upending everything you think you knew, beauty and hope survive. Julianne MacLean’s A Curve in the Road reminds us

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Book Chat: Women Talking by Miriam Toews

Book Chat: Women Talking by Miriam Toews   Check out Women Talking A revolutionary tale based on the aftermath of true and horrific events. Women Talking is a contemplative read that begs the reader to step out of her own life and experience and consider a life where you can’t read, you

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The Night A Thief Invaded My Kitchen

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A few nights ago my eyes were bigger than my stomach, and so that last piece of chocolate bark I’d had with my tea ended up staying on the plate. Our house is pretty chilly and, in the almost two years we’ve lived here, I’ve never even seen a bug

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Book Chat: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Book Chat: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah   Check out The Great Alone A vast journey through the life of a dysfunctional and captivating family. Epic in its scope, Kristin Hannah takes the reader through the wild and unpredictable land of Alaska in the 1970s and the equally wild

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My baby slept through the night AND the time a guitar-playing prisoner made me cry

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Last week we moved my 11-month-old into her own room. The first night went amazing. She put herself back to sleep every time she woke in three minutes or less – without my help. Twelve hours and thirty-eight sweet sweet minutes. The following nights … Let’s just say it’s been a rough week.

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