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Julie Jensen is a mom of five boys and one girl. She is a runner, biker, yoga instructor and socializer. That about sums it up. Believe it or not, she really does enjoy the soccer, cross country, swim team, track, dance classes, basketball, and theater her kids are involved in as long as she has another mom (or dad) to talk to during these events. Julie works part time at Fleet Feet Sports where she gets to talk to other (adult) runners and is also a yoga instructor and owner of Red Ox Yoga - https://redoxyoga.com/ You can follow her on Instagram at @out_numbered_mama6

I’m Not Inspirational, I’m Just Anxious

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When people learn that I do long distance running for “fun,” I often get,“You’re an inspiration,” and, “You’re crazy,” and sometimes, "Why?" all with a note of respect in their voice. Whenever I have...

Always Give With Joy

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This past summer our twelve year old discovered the freedom of biking around the neighborhood with his friends. He’d go to the pool, play basketball at the park, go to a friend’s house and...

Treats at School – What’s the Harm?

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During registration this fall, our high school began issuing chrome books to every student for the first time. My own high schooler posted on Instagram that he couldn’t believe the school was paying for...

My Unofficial Guide to the Best Running Trails Around Madison

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I was nominated to write this post because, "Julie likes to run a hundred miles (or something)," Fair enough. I DO like to run and yes, when I can, a trail is my first choice. Many...

Making Childhood Memories-Are They My Responsibility?

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Years ago, back when my brood was half of our current size, my husband and I chose to take a family trip to St. Johns VI as a way for us to celebrate his...

This is Why People Leave-Learning More About Inclusion

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As I was leaving church one recent Sunday, I was stopped by a member of our congregation. This particular person has said a few questionable things to me in the past, but because I...

When Life Changes, Renegotiate

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At many of the bridal showers I have attended, there is often an activity asking attendees to write out a piece of marriage advice for the bride. While some people may write things like,...

Sorry My Kid Licked Yours- Adventures in Parenting a Child With Special Needs

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This past spring break we went to Disneyland for a few days. It was a very magical experience as you would expect Disney to be. We stopped by the customer service desk on our...

A Parent’s Guide to Surviving Your Kid’s Procedure

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When my oldest son was little, he had a lot of ear infections which resulted in a visit with the ENT who promptly recommended tubes for his ears. It was a minor procedure. In...

What I’ve Learned in 21 Years of Parenting (so far)

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A few years ago I wrote an article about what I've learned while parenting a teen. That kid is now 21 and has five younger siblings. Not so surprising, I've learned a few things...

Do it. Even When You Don’t Know How it Will End

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Last fall I was participating in a trail race with a long-time running friend. As we reached a steep downhill littered with large rocks and roots, we slowed down a bit to watch our...

What’s the Opposite of Snowplow Parent?

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Life is not easy. Yes, I know, it's cliche but so true. It's a lesson we all learn, yet something that we'd rather not teach our kids. After all, who wants to watch their kid...