Author Archive | Emily

Back-to-School Nutrition Solutions (as seen on Fox 4)

Back-to-school season is here – and for some families, there’s no better time than right now to start establishing positive nutrition behaviors with our children. Today, on Fox 4’s Morning Show, I’m offering solutions to four areas of concern for young and old alike: Eliminating soda from your family’s diet. Rather than flat water, keep the […]

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Doubt Your Doubts

It has been almost a year since we first announced to the world that we were hoping to adopt. We went at it alone, without the use of an agency, ready to put the power of social media to use to help us find our little girl. We built an online adoption profile explaining our […]

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Becoming June Cleaver

My boys have recently enjoyed watching “Leave It To Beaver” reruns on Netflix and I could NOT be more pleased. While I am not entirely attached to the expectations of family life portrayed by the Cleaver family, I do love the wholesome tone and the quick wit portrayed throughout the show. I once watched an […]

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7 Secrets to Date Night Success

Some of the wisest counsel that I’ve ever been given came from our pediatrician at our very first six-week check up; she told me to make date night a priority. She mentioned that too many couples are splitting up after the kids leave home because they’ve come to the realization that they don’t really know […]

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Yell Less. LOVE MORE.

I really can’t stand the sound of yelling in my home; unless something is on fire, there really is no need to yell. I am not talking about being loud here; there are plenty of good reasons to be loud. Tickle wars, a regularly scheduled event in my home, are generally loud. I believe in […]

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You Won’t Believe What This Company Did!

After reading The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman, you might come to understand that my love language is “acts of service.” Fortunately (or not), when it comes to love, I am bilingual; I also speak the language of a gift-giver. I love to find a gift that speaks to me! I likely spend more […]

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Halfway is Not Nearly Enough

I delivered our first son on Halloween, the day AFTER his due date. I had been dilated to a 3 for weeks and the doctor was sure that I would deliver a good two weeks early. (Side note: If you are an obstetrician and you happen to be reading this, please never tell a woman […]

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The Need to Refuel

Women, specifically mothers, are like cars. We need fuel in order to run properly. It doesn’t matter if you’re a smart car, an affordable car, or a luxury car: you need fuel. Now, you may or may not have ever experienced what happens when you’ve ignored the dropping needle or the indicator light that means […]

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For Your Amusement

When we began our investigation into the world of adoption, we quickly learned that this journey would not be a walk in the park.  To embark on the adventure that is adoption is to get in line at the tallest roller coaster with the most twists and turns.  In fact, it’s probably the kind of […]

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The Waiting Room

We announced to our family and friends on May 5th of this year that we are deciding to grow our family through adoption.  On June 3rd, we published our online adoption profile and told the world about our search for a little girl.  By June 11th, we had over 2,000 page views on our profile, […]

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Missing Someone That You’ve Never Met – An Adoption Follow Along

I have always wanted a large family. Growing up with only two first cousins, I was envious of others that attended yearly family reunions and had thirteen cousins at their birthday parties. The dream of my own personal zoo train full of children was crushed after three extremely difficult pregnancies, each of which ended in […]

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