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Just Like You

We can never know the impact of a disease, an illness, or a disability on our families until we have walked through it with someone we love. You may recall a post from earlier this year when Sarah talked about the diagnosis that change the course of her just-beginning family … We knew we were […]

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“A Smile Can Change Everything”

“A smile can change everything.” With this in mind, Kansas City-based Smiles Change Lives has changed the lives of more than 5,000 children since 1997 by providing access to essential orthodontic treatment for children from low-income families. According to the Smiles Change Lives website, twenty percent of all children in the United States are living […]

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Move Aside, American Girl Doll

Last December, my husband and I took an entire day to do our Christmas shopping. The parental units were in town which meant we had endless free babysitting. Like good Mid-westerners, we hopped in our gas-guzzling minivan and drove the thirty-five minutes to the mecca of Kansas City shopping: Overland Park. We had Oak Park […]

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A Cozy Little Tea Shop

I have lived in Liberty, Missouri for eighteen years. I love it here. I love the small town atmosphere. I love the quaint historic square and its cute little shops. I love the sense of community and pride in our neighbors. It’s a great place to live and raise a family. This past Saturday, I […]

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Categorical Changes

(Note: This is the second post in our series dedicated to Prematurity Awareness Day; to read the other posts in this series, click here.) During our routine twenty-week sonogram with our first pregnancy, we learned that we were expecting twins. This revelation meant the end of a “normal” and the beginning of a “high risk” pregnancy which […]

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A Friend of the Kansas City Zoo

Growing up, my family took one trip every year to the Kansas City Zoo. That was about all my parents could take of walking a half-mile to see a lion from one hundred yards away! On top of that, the trips were always hot and exhausting. I remember wishing my legs would fall off so […]

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Therapeutic Riding

It’s Horse Day! Known as Thursday by the general population, Horse Day is probably my girls’ favorite day of the week. The girls started therapeutic horseback riding (THR) in June, 2012. They ride most of the year, totaling about nine months with breaks during the extreme heat and winter season. THR was something that started […]

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Kidney Disease: A Mother’s Story

According to statistics provided by the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), kidney disease kills over 90,000 Americans every year – more than breast and prostate cancer combined; and yet, it wasn’t until I had the opportunity to donate one of my kidneys to my friend and former pastor back in 2009 that I really gave a […]

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Home, Home on the Range: Life “Out West”

Note: This is the fourth post in our five-part “Metro Wars” series covering all the things we love about Kansas City. Head back on Friday for more! To see all posts in this series, click here. When my husband and I started the process of buying our first home, our only requirements were that 1) it […]

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