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Beating From Within

When I was a child, at times I felt a little crazy. Everybody in fourth grade was going about their business, it seemed— writing in math workbooks, sitting at desks all plopped in a row. My classmates sniffed smelly erasers and watched the teacher write on the chalkboard, while I was occasionally struck by a different way of observing my surroundings. Something inside of me was knocking and beating to get out. Something in me wondered about the concept of the blink, the miraculous way my eyes flipped opened and shut, all on their own. I wondered how and why ...
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Q Wunder

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I am momming like a BOSS! I thought to myself, as I set the last hot cocoa and cinnamon roll down on the coffee table and gazed up at the Pinterest-worthy holiday scene in my living ...
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With Love

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Hello Mama, It's been a difficult week with the news of the Parkland, Florida shooting, several downed officers and other senseless tragedies since the beginning of 2018. It seems as if our flags have been continually at half-mast, and some ...
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MOPS Black History Voices from Mothers of Color- Part 2

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Black History Month is annual month long event in February that has been in place since 1976. The focus is to set aside time to observe significant accomplishments of African Americans in the USA. Here ...
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MOPS Black History Voices from Mothers of Color- Part 2

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Black History Month is annual month long event in February that has been in place since 1976. The focus is to set aside time to observe significant accomplishments of African Americans in the USA. Here ...
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Can’t Nothing Bring Me Down

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When the solution is simple, God is answering.  I believe it was a smart man named Albert Einstein who said that.  For me, it was my daughter Cheryl who came up with a solution to ...
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Rise Up

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One thing we know for a fact is that when one mom hurts, we all hurt. Our mama bear instinct to protect and comfort means we collectively feel a guttural loss as a result of ...
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Why Is It so Hard to Say “I’m Sorry” and Really Mean It?

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It seems easy enough, right? We tell our children to apologize and “mean it.” But we see them struggle to conjure up sincerity when they are still hot from the difficult moment. Moms are sometimes
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It’s Too Dangerous to Love Myself

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My story is not unlike those of countless other postpartum moms: pregnancy changed my body in ways I didn’t expect, and even once I lost most of the “baby weight,” I struggled to accept that ...
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The Unbirthday

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In Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, Alice stumbles upon a rather strange tea party in which she encounters the Mad Hatter and the March Hare known by all as utterly nutty. These poor fellows find ...
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Let Love Be The Loudest Voice

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I turned my shopping cart down the next aisle and felt a familiar tension creep into my neck. The trees, lights, wreaths, ornaments, candy canes and wrapping paper exploded in green and red. That familiar ...
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Messages of Hope

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Share messages of hope and encouragement with all to see by writing them on this easy DIY felt message board. Materials ½ yard black felt Spray adhesive Frame with backing (any size) Iron on letters: ...
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Beauty in Simplicity

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Another Monday arrives, I feel the weight of yet another week coming: how will I keep the children entertained this week, will my activities measure up and am I doing enough as a mom? Will ...
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Q Wunder

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I am momming like a BOSS! I thought to myself, as I set the last hot cocoa and cinnamon roll down on the coffee table and gazed up at the Pinterest-worthy holiday scene in my living ...
» READ MORE

With Love

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Hello Mama, It's been a difficult week with the news of the Parkland, Florida shooting, several downed officers and other senseless tragedies since the beginning of 2018. It seems as if our flags have been continually at half-mast, and some ...
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MOMcon

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The time has finally arrived! MOMcon 2018 registration opens today at 10:00 a.m. (MDT)! Register now so you don't miss out on early registration prices and hotel availability. MOMcon 2018 promises to be another amazing getaway with ...
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Beating From Within

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When I was a child, at times I felt a little crazy. Everybody in fourth grade was going about their business, it seemed— writing in math workbooks, sitting at desks all plopped in a row ...
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Unicorn on the Mantle

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There is an antique golden unicorn on the mantle of my fireplace. If you look close, you can see the web of fracture lines held together with super glue. One leg has a meandering line ...
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Morning Rituals

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I have spent a lot of my years as a mom feeling like the details of my day were out of control. I regularly wash the same load of laundry twice because I keep forgetting ...
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Brave Collective: Nashville

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Traveling south from Nashville, Tennessee, the green hills are lined with white fences. It brings to mind gatherings around farm tables with home-cooked meals. The mood was set as Dalley Galuzzi, Jackie Alvarez and Mandy ...
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Brave Collective: NYC

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We gathered in a second floor Long Island City apartment. It was a couple blocks from the waterfront and the first subway stop in Queens outside of Manhattan. We maneuvered the table into the living ...
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Encouraging Your Brave Collective

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My four-year-old daughter happens to be the biggest fan of me doing the Brave Collective. No, really. She found a shirt with a feather on it and wears it every time I have a Brave ...
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