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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 was raised with manners and...
We see each other at the park, we say hi. We see each other at events, we quickly catch up. I ask you how you’re doing, and you say, “Doing good. Busy. The usual. Life is crazy. Isn’t the weather nice?” We...
 I am always in need of a good book. You should see my to-read list, it's endless. I thought I would share what's on my summer reading list in case you are in need of a good book too....
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 first day to request a...

I Miss My Mom

My husband and I thought we wanted to raise independent children. I blame him for putting that idea out into the universe. I’m conflicted to report -- I think we did. And, just like my now 21-year-old daughter, I couldn’t...

We’re in a Mess

The other day I mentioned to my friend how I felt like a mess. I recently had my third child, and life has been chaotic and down right messy. I am exhausted from cleaning up daily, doing countless loads...
When I was 10, I wrote an essay about my dad for a newspaper contest. It was a Father’s Day prompt asking kids to talk about why their dad was the best dad, and the prize was a gas...
Celebrate Pride by talking to your kids about gender and sexuality. My thirteen year-old son started wearing rainbow Pride bracelets from Target last summer. Before school started, he bought a Pride t-shirt, too, and when September rolled around, he joined...
You know the superpower I’m talking about. You probably have it. And you know who probably does not? Your husband (if you’ve chosen to have one). This is what the memes have taught me. I’m talking about the Parenting While...
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 since then. With countless years...
Last month my husband and I took the kiddo to Kids Day at the Zoo at Vilas Zoo here in Madison.  It was the first warm Saturday we had this year. Sunny skies, with a high of 68 degrees in...
I was standing in my neighbors backyard the day before Easter, watching all the kids from the street run around finding Easter eggs that us moms had stuffed together a few nights before. The kids played as the parents...

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5th Annual Cookies with Santa | Madison, WI

We are so excited for Cookies with Santa presented by Festival Foods and SSM Health at the Madison Concourse Hotel! A few notes about the...