Celebrating Milestones

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Already this morning, I’ve been to the pool with my bestie and retread my lips solving all of life’s problems; I’m a solid cup of coffee into my morning and feeling fantastic!  Over the weekend we moved our two adult children into an apartment in Indianapolis and our youngest is now basking in the glow of being “the only child.”  The youngest has already made a plan to take over her brother’s room and turn her own room into a ...

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A Good Life

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I grew up in Nebraska during a time when our state slogan was “Nebraska…The Good Life.”  No matter where you went, you would see this slogan on billboards and smattered around on a variety of tchotchkes and pamphlets intended to remind locals and visitors alike that a good life could be had by all in our great state.

It wasn’t until adulthood that I really started to question what makes up “a good life?”  And to be ...

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Growing Independent

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A wise man recently told me that I should be 95 percent happy and 5 percent sad that our oldest daughter has relocated to Austin, Texas for her first professional job.

I am extremely proud of her and all her accomplishments and know that she will do well in her architecture career.

I told this wise man that whenever I feel a little sad I think about how I did the same thing after graduating from college in Nebraska, taking my first ...

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Settling

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I’m super strong willed—have been since birth and my mom has the stories to prove it.  As a three year old, I remember my lily white Easter dress with the wide yellow ribbon tied at the waist, my white tights and my white patent leather Mary Jane shoes.  I also remember my mother telling me, in no uncertain terms, to stay out of the creek.  I’m sure my eyes twinkled as I immediately headed for the creek to catch frogs ...

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Celebrate Father Figures

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Like the country song “My Boy” by Elvie Shane, says, whether or not a child is yours biologically, you can make a significant impact if you have been placed in that child’s life.

The song talks about how he doesn’t have his smile or his eyes, but that’s ok, he intends to be at that child’s sporting events and other important milestones.

As we celebrate Father’s Day this month, let’s remember to thank those who may not be biologically ...

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Moving Forward

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Recently I had the unfortunate honor of attending the funeral of a close friend’s brother.  A man who died, too young, of brain cancer.  And during that time I got to thinking about how even amidst his diagnosis, he continued to move forward and live.  Shockingly, what was a six to 12 weeks life expectancy, turned out to be just over a year—and during a pandemic as a pile on.  He loved hard and lived hard for 12+ glorious months ...

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Mothers: You Are Enough

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This one is for all the mothers out there.  We’re just coming off of the holidays that each of us in our own way worked really hard to make magical on a budget.  There’s the added pressure of living through a pandemic and making sure our families are safe and well.  Many of us are working mothers and our kids are returning to school or e-learning.  We’re trying to execute everything perfectly so that our families and friends don’t see ...

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Elevate Your Rituals for Better Mental Health

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The first skiff of snow is on the ground and greedy birds are vying for position at the bird feeders outside my window.  The morning coffee ritual has begun and the smell wafts through the air signaling morning has arrived even if the sun isn’t quite ready to make herself known.  My youngest has overslept for school and is scrambling to consume a bowl of cereal and find the perfect sweatshirt, her hair in a messy bun that looks effortlessly ...

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Beauty and Abundance

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After multiple months away from home and quarantined while my son recovers from a transplant, I’m finally home.  Already my days are filled with comforting routine.  A wet and insistent dog nose pokes my hand or arm hoping for an early morning pet followed by a more urgent dog nose poke that means, “Hey!  Get up!  Let’s go outside!”  I dress in some discombobulated ensemble that I’m sure makes the neighbors wonder if I’m color blind and stumble downstairs to ...

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