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Relationships are the best holiday gifts!

Relationships are the best holiday gifts!

Holidays can be wonderful and fun!  They also can be exhausting and stressful.  Though this is true across all social classes and communities, it is particularly true to families that are already at risk via employment, housing and/or income.  Alongside that, holidays...

This is how I hear I love you…

This is how I hear I love you…

Being a mother of three, one with ADHD and two from child welfare, and a spouse to an introverted, quietly humble, lets-not-talk-about-it, law enforcement officer, I see things a little different when it comes to expression. You may relate. We come from many areas...

5 ways to make family time matter in a busy, busy world

5 ways to make family time matter in a busy, busy world

We are soooo busy, too busy.  Somehow culture has convinced us that we have to meet high expectations of America’s societal norms with extracurricular activities, busy-bodies and financial fortes.  But the burdens wear on us; as people, as parents and as...

A 4th of July reminder: Freedom is found in Faith

A 4th of July reminder: Freedom is found in Faith

The beautifully, cliché songs, celebrations and honors of the fourth of July are some of the best.  Traditional.  Ceremonial.  Memorable.  I love all of them! Statistically, July 4th is one of the most traveled times of the year, one of the most...

When I swallow my pride a bit, I admit I need him too.

When I swallow my pride a bit, I admit I need him too.

Gulp first for this one women!!!  This is a tough cookie to cut all the other days of the year… but for Father’s Day, this kept pulling at my heart:                      “Why am I so grateful for him really?  Because I do need him.”  As bad, (and maybe more but let’s...

Community should be spelt with a “k”

Community should be spelt with a “k”

We, independetcy people (yes-my word 🙂 ) are really reliant on one another.   Gasp! I said those two works openly and in the same sentence: people---reliant! Yes, we hold the statue of a stubborn, prideful, talented, and flamboyant society.  Yes, we are...

Despite the flooding anxiety, I find calmness in the rain

Despite the flooding anxiety, I find calmness in the rain

If you are my friend in Kansas and surrounding states, you get this…literally.  For the last three days we have seen multitudes of continual rain engulfing much of the roads and fields we see each day.  And, even though today glared the light called...

“Dog years” are never enough

“Dog years” are never enough

It was completely unexpected.  Well, maybe not completely but certainly not assumed to occur anyway in the near future (to me, that means never!). Though he was(somewhere) over 11 years, sometimes we forget how their “dog years” are never enough.  Besides,...