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February 2011 Blog Posts (5)

What to Choose: To Love, To Teach, and To Stare

Sometimes at night I stare at my children. Their eyes closed, lips slightly pursed, eyebrows relaxed, cheeks red and round.  Sound asleep… chest barely rising.  If I look long enough, I am able to catch a glimpse of the future.  Their faces morph and I am transported ahead fifteen years.


The first time this happened, I felt like I was participating in an outer-body experience.  I thought maybe I was seeing my husband’s face in my son’s or possibly a grandfather’s nose or…


Added by Brenda Milouchev on February 28, 2011 at 2:15pm — 3 Comments

What a Mess! Encouraging Kids to Pitch In

I can remember way back when, to the days before I had children. We would visit friends and their children, and I'd notice that toys, crafting supplies, and sometimes food were strewn all over their houses. "I'll never let that happen in my home!", I would say condescendingly.


Now, nine years later, I am eating my…


Added by Sheila Hill on February 21, 2011 at 5:19pm — No Comments

When Baby Makes Four

Back in late 2009, my husband brought up the subject of us having another kid. It's something he's brought up multiple times over the past—at that time—7 years. But after having a baby that had to go through brain surgery at age one and then the ups and downs of parenting a special needs child, well, thinking about adding another to the mix scared the daylights out of me.

But I decided that I wanted another one. And after seeing the kiddo with his baby cousin, I realized he would love… Continue

Added by Erin on February 12, 2011 at 2:07pm — No Comments

Be Who You Are

After you have kids, figuring out "who" you are is difficult. The natural inclination is to find the old you-the one from before kids. I find though, that the person I was before kids is irreplaceable. Who I am now can not be the same as who I was before. I am new and different as a mom than I was as a single girl or married woman without kids. Finding the new me has been a journey, but I wouldn't trade it for the world. On this last birthday, I reflected on…


Added by Cristie Ritz King on February 7, 2011 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Decorating for Kids' Birthday Parties... The Theme? Philanthropy!

If you read my former article, you know that my second son was born with a solitary kidney.  By his first birthday, he had been through more than a little body's fair share of invasive medical procedures.  So, his first birthday was very special to our family, a life to be celebrated to the fullest extent of happiness and fun.


But being the second son, I thought to…


Added by Brenda Milouchev on February 3, 2011 at 6:00am — 4 Comments

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