Passing the Baton on National Adoption Month

November 1, 2020 | Danielle | Adoption | 0

Here’s why this will be my final post for National Adoption Month unless my daughter chooses otherwise.  Ten years ago in November 2010, I excitedly opened my laptop and began pecking away on a post that would announce big news: We were adopting! In a world that was saturated with creative pregnancy announcements and surprise…

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Mae’s New Puppy – A Devotional

October 2, 2020 | Danielle | Devotionals, Parenting | 0

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7, NIV About six weeks ago, our daughter Mae heard the words she never expected to hear. “We’re getting a puppy!” I know this because after the shock and excitement wore off…

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Grandma Eva’s Black Figurines

June 14, 2020 | Danielle | Family | 0

Growing up, I had a maternal grandma, a paternal grandma, and a pretend grandma. “Grandma Eva” is what we called her. Although she was technically related through marriage (her husband was my great-grandma’s cousin), she was simply “Grandma” to me. None of my other grandparents lived in Kansas City like us, but Eva did—just down…

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Facing Racism of the Corner of Monroe

May 31, 2020 | Danielle | Family | 0

“Mae, did you know science has found all humans descended from Africa? Over time, we’ve evolved and our genes mutated, but we all originate from that place.” “Really, so even Adam and Eve?” “Yep, probably Adam and Eve, which means they weren’t white.” “Huh, I thought Eve was white with blonde hair.” —A conversation with…

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15 Secrets to Surviving Marriage

May 7, 2020 | Mike&Danielle | A Post About Mike | 0

Starry-eyed and lovestruck. Yep, we were that couple. One of the millions who got married in 2005 pledging to love for richer and poorer, in sickness and in health. Yet just like every single one of the couples who married in 2005, 15 years later we’ve learned a lot about surviving marriage. The poor and…

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Day 31 of Stay at Home

April 17, 2020 | Danielle | Family | 0

If you were to ask me, “How are you doing?” I’d probably smile and say I’m good. I’d likely mention the juggle many other working parents are experiencing—the one incorporating homeschooling into my already-full work day. But today as I woke up, quite a bit later than usual (but not a surprise since I’ve worked…

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Surviving the Virus with Lament

April 5, 2020 | Danielle | Family | 0

Hey friends, The last time I avoided all retail shops, I was a post-surgery patient. It’s been surreal to experience this again (although gratefully under different circumstances). I wrote about this for the Philly a few weeks ago, something I’ve coined  “The World of the Well is Learning the Ways of the Sick.” Although quarantine…

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Surviving the Virus with Enough

March 29, 2020 | Danielle | Family | 0

Dear friends, Are you hanging in there? Virtual schooling going OK for my fellow parents? We made it through Week 1 here at our house and we’re gearing up for Week 2 this morning. I had fun incorporating some new Writer’s Workshop ideas into our day. Virtual learning came with several highs and lows, some…

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Surviving the Virus with Grace

March 23, 2020 | Danielle | Family | 0

Hey friends, are you hanging in there? I hope so. This pandemic is no joke. I trust that you’re staying home and taking care of yourself. Fellow parents who also find yourselves working from home and homeschooling today, we can do this. (Here are some tips for working from home with a kid.) Last week…

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