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Dear New Mom: Balancing Expectations

Dear New Mom: Balancing expectations is extremely difficult no matter who you are or which season of life you are in. I’ve found it nearly impossible in motherhood. Take today, for example: I have had a nasty chest cold for a few days and have developed a fever. As in, the “to do” list got…

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Dear Dad: Valentine’s Day

Dear Dad: I’ve never been a huge celebrater of Valentine’s Day; you and mom did a great job of demystifying such a silly holiday. Today just feels different – somehow this “holiday” is making me miss you more than Thanksgiving or Christmas. Every year, you always found the silliest cards and filled them with affirmations…

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Dear New Mom: Relax

Dear New Mom: Now that I’m a veteran mom of 4 months (it’s okay, go ahead and laugh; it’s not a very long time, but it also feels like forever!), I feel like I’ve got a few things to share with new moms. The most important of which is RELAX! Babies are incredibly resilient. They…

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Change

[God] knows the well-deliberated plan for your life and how all things must fall into place for you to fulfill you destiny. Beth Moore It’s one of those times in our military career when we are anticipating a lot of change. Come to think of it, the last six months have been full of adjustments….

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Demolishing Security

At dinner with family friends Sunday night, I was struck by a passage out of the book Daily With The King. The author (W Glyn Evans) describes how God wants us to know and trust him; God “demolishes our security” in what seems most important in order to force us to find our security in…

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Dear Dad: Letting Go

Dear Dad: We are in New Jersey at Grandma’s house for the first time since you passed away. It’s really weird to bring my son to the house where you grew up. I love watching Caleb interact with Grandma (we call her GiGi now); they are best buds and attached at the hip. I cried…

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Momma’s Sorry

Today has been a rough day for the little monkey and his momma. We woke up and had a pretty routine morning: feeding, snuggles, baby massage, reading a book (he’s a huge Eric Carle fan), and nap time. When he fell asleep, I headed downstairs to eat breakfast, work on some projects, and wrap some…

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The Trouble With Grief

My mom snuck this picture some time this evening. You can’t even begin to guess how exhausted I am. Even my glasses are tired. I’ve been laying in this recliner (it’s the most comfortable one on earth) with a warm and sleepy baby on my chest and I just can’t manage to get to sleep….

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Dear Dad: We’re Okay

Dear Dad: It’s been a whole five weeks since we lost you. There have been days of wonderful reminiscing and harder days when we’re weepy. But for the most part, we’re okay. We’ve spent a lot of time up at the lake. Our time is spent watching movies, snuggling Caleb, reading books, taking walks, and…

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Dear Caleb: Your Grandpa Mike

Dear Caleb: It breaks my heart to know that you’ll never be held by your Grandpa G. He was quite a man and I am honored to have celebrated his life today. You’ve been the honorary guest at each of the memorial services, but I’m sure you won’t remember since you’re only 3 weeks old….

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