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Kids in Foster Care: How You Can Help

Recently, a local news station produced a story with the following headline: “Both the Missouri and Kansas foster care systems are overwhelmed right now.”  I didn’t watch the segment or read the story, shared numerous times on social media by local foster parents or sympathetic friends. I didn’t need to. When I read headlines like […]

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motherhood

All the Mother’s Days

Some moments overwhelm me with a flawless combination of pride, beauty, and joy. And love. The unconditional, protective, all-consuming kind of love. I watch in wonder as he plays on my lap, by my side, on the playground. I stare at his freckles, his smile. His wide open eyes. I swell up with the most […]

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Open Mouth, Insert Foot. Then What?

Have you ever thought something about someone else and said it out loud not thinking anything of it? We all have…so don’t lie to yourself. This whole motherhood thing has so many different options and ways to do things that everyone has their opinion or different way of making it work for them and their […]

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sleep

The Price of Sleep

Sleep is precious. And in my case, sleep is expensive! I cringe at the amount of money I have spent on various products that just might help my kid sleep. Keyword is might. At 2:30 in the morning, I’m willing to try anything to help a baby sleep. Any sort of gadget that may have […]

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breastfeeding

Breastfeeding for the First Timer and the Experienced Mom

In anticipation of this spring’s opening of The Birth Place, featuring a Level II NICU, we have partnered with Olathe Medical Center and local mom, Sarah, to document her pregnancy and birth journey in this new space. I was warned that breastfeeding would be hard and painful. If someone asked me how my breastfeeding journey […]

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anxiety

When I Failed to Recognize his Anxiety

Dear sweet not-so-baby boy, I’m writing this letter to you as an apology. You are beyond a doubt the sweetest, most kind-hearted, gentle soul I have ever met. I’m so sorry for what I have done over your past 8 years, and I’m sorry for what I have not done. Kellen Thomas, you mean the […]

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schedule

A Daily Schedule: My Sanity is Worth It

Most days, I can guarantee some sort of routine in our household. Let’s be honest, I’m Type A and I function better with a set schedule and mama is gonna pass that on to her kids. I envy people that can fly by the seat of their pants and go with the flow. I try […]

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10 Ways to Fail at Doing Laundry

Everybody wants to share a little (complicated) secret on how to succeed, organize and conquer those mundane household chores. Not me. I want you to feel good about failing. Doing the laundry can be downright heinous and a real cuss word. I want you to know that you’re not alone. We’ve all mildewed towels. THE […]

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Watch Your Mouth Around My Kid

Watch Your Mouth Around My Kid

I have a terrible potty mouth. Just filthy.  I’m an educated, intelligent, professional woman with an extensive lexicon. I’m able to expound prolifically using a plethora of words and phrases. And, sometimes, there is no more appropriate a word to use than a well-placed f-bomb. My family jokingly took bets as to what my son’s […]

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A March Madness of Our Own

March Madness is rearing its head in more ways than one. From Oregon upsetting Kansas to the UConn women continuing their crazy winning streak, to beginning my second tennis season as head coach, accepting a new job beginning next August, selling our home, purchasing a new home 30 miles away, enrolling our oldest in kindergarten, our […]

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