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I’m Not Ready

I know this might sound crazy, but I'm not ready for the safer at home lockdown to be lifted. Don't get me wrong, I am SO OVER being cooped up at home with my kids. They are driving me...
Have you heard the cautionary tale for parents of teens? The one which results in your kid living in your basement until they are 30? Have you heard, that, if you are not careful, if you do not parent...
These are uncertain times. These are scary times. COVID-19 has brought disparity into so many people's lives. One word that encapsulates this sentiment for me is "empty." Empty streets, empty halls in hospitals and schools. Empty parks,...
Just checking in: how are you feeling? I don't want to assume anything, so I'll just tell you how I'm feeling in the midst of these crazy, unprecedented times we are living in... Exhausted. I've never been so tired before, and yet I...

Your Hard is Hard

I was having an especially bad day when a friend sent me an Instagram post. Four words stood out to me: Your hard is hard. Here’s some of the post—I’ve shortened it a bit—from writer Sarah Bessey: “Years ago, blogger Heather...

I’m Fine.

So often we utter this response when asked how we are. A simple, friendly "How are you?" is well-meaning. I appreciate someone asking me, someone wanting to know about my well-being. So the typical "I'm fine." can be taken...
I have been close to death for over 20 years. Death, this familiar friend and foe, has been walking step-for-step with me for the last 20 years as I have grown from a college student into a mom that...
Today would have been my daughter’s first dance recital. As I look at the calendar and see all the canceled events due to COVID-19, it makes me sad. I mourn the firsts that my daughter would have experienced as her...
Words matter. What words we choose matter, especially when it comes to difficult times. There are whole fields of study in psychology and other disciplines that focus on how word choice can change people’s emotional response, voting patterns, and...
Schools have been closed now for a few weeks due to the coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic. Our state—and many others—have stay at home orders in place. My family’s solution to our stay-at-home stir-craziness has been to get outdoors. So,...
Even though my kids are a bit older, this time of social distancing is bringing back a lot of feelings I had when I was home with my children when they were small. In particular, the feeling that I...
You're going to get through this. I know you might not believe it. Especially when you hear this might last weeks or months. But you will get through this. Think of times before when you were certain you wouldn't make it....

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Greater Madison Area Guide to Berry Farms | Pick Your Own...

Strawberries, Raspberries & Farms, Oh MY!  For berries, and other u-pick produce, here is what you need to know before grabbing your pails and heading out: First...