J is now officially a Teenager!

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We now officially have two teenagers in the house! It’s a cool thing. August 8, 1999 was one of the most terrifying days of my life. I gave birth to this beautiful baby boy, who immediately, before I could even …

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Creating Special Time Rituals with Your Kids

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One of my favorite memories as a child was going to the bookstore with my dad. Fireside Books, in Eureka, California. I can see it in my head. Every so often he’d take me, and we’d both get a book. …

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Important Paperwork: An Emergency Medical Release

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One of the most important pieces of information my mother shared with me was a little piece of paper that we all hope we never have to use, but should always have for our kids when they are away from …

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Off to the Ranch and Lessons for Me

As I write this my house is very quiet, too quiet almost. Yet this is how it will be for the next couple weeks. My boys, J and Z, are off in Oregon at my parent’s hobby ranch.  At home, …

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The Major Difference Between Raising Little Ones and Raising Teens

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Years ago, when J was just a toddler, I was gleaning wisdom from a woman in our church who had 7 children, but only had 2 left at home. Here I was with a preschooler and a toddler, balancing work …

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