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Surviving Year 7

My husband and I are about to pass the eight year mark in our marriage. Several months ago, the thought of actually making it to our anniversary date, still together, seemed improbable to me. We had gotten to a point in our relationship where I felt the only viable solution toward happiness for myself was […]

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A Marriage Left Vulnerable

My Vulnerable Marriage

It only took about 20 minutes into my first session for my therapist to say the words I had unknowingly been waiting to hear. They seemed so obvious when spoken so matter of factly, but I hadn’t yet put them together myself, “You’re extremely vulnerable right now.” What she went on to explain, although I […]

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THE YEAR THAT TRIED TO BREAK US

The Year That Tried to Break Us

  Dear 2017, You tried your best. You really did. You tried with all of your might to break us. I give you an abundance of credit, you threw at our marriage more than a fair share of trials and tribulations. I mean, you were just a terrible year. I won’t drink your wine, I […]

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Front Row Mom

I don’t really have any hangups about aging. I’ve comfortably settled into the point in my life where I dread having plans to go almost anywhere. While I once turned down a car from my parents because it didn’t have a sunroof, I now happily drive an ugly minivan with a DVD player in place […]

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During the Waiting

I have a picture of myself as a four-year-old with a white dish cloth draped on my head and secured in place with plastic pop beads. With plastic flowers in my hand, I’m walking dramatically slow on the plastic floor cover in my grandparents house pretending it’s the aisle of a church. The Beach Boys […]

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Co-Parenting Don’ts

Co-parenting. It’s not really a situation anyone ever dreams of finding themselves in. To my knowledge, no one gets married, has kids, and then gets divorced, only to rejoice in finding themselves learning to navigate the murky waters of co-parenting. Co-parenting means that this person, with whom you used to share your life but no […]

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Local Resources for Kansas Citians

This month is the 30th anniversary of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.   Some sobering facts: 1 in 3 women, and 1 in 4 men have been victims of domestic violence, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV),  20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the U.S. This amounts to 10 […]

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Words that Should Not Be Spoken

This is a list…of words, comments, statements…that should not be spoken from a husband/partner/spouse to a mom EVER.   I’m going to be upfront with you here. I’m going to list three things, but this list is not complete. Far from it, actually! And I’m sure every mom reading this could add at least two […]

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