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August 28, 2017 | Danielle | Parenting | 0

I’ve got a first grader. For all of you who told me to cherish the baby, toddler, “three-nager” and pre-K days, you were right. Time goes fast when you’re a Mama Bear. You were also right about the bad memories fading. There’s a few bad days lodged in my mind that will be hard to…

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5 tips for talking to kids about cancer

August 18, 2017 | Danielle | Cancer Survivorship, Parenting | 1

Talking to kids about cancer isn’t easy, but if a close friend or relative has been diagnosed, I guarantee cancer is on their minds in one way or another. One pretty day several summers ago, my daughter, age six at the time, made a cute craft box at camp designed to keep her prayer requests.…

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Fourth of July 2017

July 10, 2017 | Danielle | Parenting | 0

Fourth of July was my favorite holiday as a kid, yet this year it showed me I have a lot to learn as a parent. Why I loved the 4th of July as a kid Thanks to a couple of Sunday school teachers who upset a lot of parents one morning, I found out that…

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Disney Princesses And Different Families

November 15, 2016 | Danielle | Parenting | 0

At age two, my daughter loved Dora. Soon after that, the Disney princess obsession hit. While Barbies and other “big kid” toys now fill the Christmas list, she still stops to examine anything with Elsa on store shelves and sleeps with stuffed versions of Jasmine, Merida, Mulan and Sleeping Beauty. Sometimes Disney catches slack for…

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In Real Life and Roller Skating

October 19, 2016 | Danielle | Parenting | 3

I think she morphed my common phrase “for reals” into her own saying – but when Mae’s trying to figure out if we’re joking or not, she’ll often say, “In Real Life?” It usually goes something like this: “Hey Mae, we’re going to get ice cream. Get your shoes on.” “In real life!?” (Then long…

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My first day of school as a mom

August 21, 2016 | Danielle | Parenting | 2

Chimes from my smart phone’s alarm broke the silence at 6:30 a.m. The long-awaited morning arrived:  the first day of school. Five years prior time felt like a marathon. A judge made a nine-month-old baby girl “officially” ours after six long months of post-placement adoption visits. But on this day, time felt like a sprint.…

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The Day I Wanted to Punch a Kid

February 19, 2016 | Danielle | Parenting | 3

All of us parents dread the day when the hardships of this life sneak up and sting our kids. No matter how padded we build their rooms or how crazy we go on limiting their exposure to all kinds of people, foods, movies and toys we think will harm them or land them in jail…

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I Want More – A Devotional

January 18, 2016 | Danielle | Devotionals, Parenting | 1

And they were bringing children to Him so that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, “Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I say to…

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