Feed Hungry People Today, End Hunger Tomorrow

This is the mission of Harvesters: to feed hungry people today and work to end hunger tomorrow. As the Kansas City area’s only food bank, Harvesters has served our community since 1979 by collecting food and household products, distributing products and providing nutrition services, and offering leadership to increase awareness and generate solutions to alleviate hunger. The work […]

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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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Adoption: The Faces.

MEET ELIZABETH and ABRAHAM After having two biological daughters, we decided to grow our family through adoption for any subsequent children. I had known since I was a little girl that I wanted to adopt, and my husband knew when he married me that adoption would be part of our story, so it wasn’t a […]

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Adoption: The Need.

Adoption. A word that I believe we are hearing in a more positive light in our country these days. I’m excited and thankful that this word is becoming more and more familiar to our ears. The reason I get excited about the word adoption is because more babies and older children are finding safe, warm, loving […]

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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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Wanted: A Place to Belong

I’m the middle child, halfway between my older sister and younger brother, all born to parents who have been married for over fifty years. I would describe my family life as normal – mostly good with bouts of dysfunction and chaos. Yet, while there were no white picket fences in my story, I always knew […]

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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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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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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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The Longest 27 Days

when i went to bed on August 6th, 2011, i did so anticipating the lovely baby shower in my honor that i would attend the next day. when i went to bed on August 6th, 2011, i did so feeling great, with not a care in the world – and certainly not thinking about meeting […]

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