Family

This morning I woke up and, while still a bit drowsy, was checking notifications on my phone. One of the first to catch my attention was that “Molly Marie” had liked this picture I’d posted yesterday of Sean and Abby together after arts camp. Still groggy, I was confused and at the same time loved […]

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Where were you on Wednesday, January 13, 1999? Seriously. Do you remember? Anything? I was in grad school at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign, getting my masters in Leisure Studies (for real, that is something one can major and get multiple degrees in). I am pretty sure I was back from winter break, […]

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How are you feeling? What are your plans for tomorrow? Welcome to the twelfth edition of my “Gatekeeping” blog series. I shared the back story of these simple and yet powerful questions in this post. It’s been almost two years since we last did some Gatekeeping here. Wow. I can hardly believe that… I was about to […]

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As I sit and type this post, our 11-year-old son is doing one of his after school chores, unloading and loading the dishwasher, and our 5-year-old daughter is playing quietly in her room. Really? Seriously?! Yes. Is it always like this? Of course not. But I can honestly say I don’t take our children (both […]

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Happy 7th Heavenly Birthday, Molly Marie! Seven years… That’s how long you’ve been gone. How long it’s been since you lived. Your sister Abby keeps your memory alive as much as anyone these days, which amazes me. She never knew you in this lifetime, but she seems fascinated by you. She imagines and wonders and questions. […]

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You are a wife. You are a mom. You are a daughter. You are a sister. You are a friend. You are a woman of faith. You are a group fitness instructor. You are a health and fitness coach. You are a writer. You are a blogger. You are living the dream. In many ways […]

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