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I Want To See You Be Brave

In Motherhood, Parenting by Jen20 Comments

Let me tell you the real-life story of a girl. A very brave girl. This girl got really sick at age 9 with something no one really understood, but because of the illness she was left with some permanent damage. At 9 she took what had happened to her and never asked for any allowances. In fact, most people would …

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The Appearance Of Happiness

In Motherhood, Parenting by Jen11 Comments

A while ago one of the members of the congregation I attend got up to speak. This might sound a little funny, but in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, members of our congregation are assigned to speak or give “talks” on Sundays rather than having a Minister or Pastor who gives weekly remarks to the congregation. …

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The Differences That Divide Us

In Motherhood, Parenting by Jen19 Comments

A few weeks ago I was chatting with one of my daughters about a women’s activity I was helping to plan. She mentioned she had talked to a woman she knew about the activity who had mentioned she felt she was “too different from all of the other women to attend.” I felt sad after hearing that, and it got …

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Five Truths About Summer Parenting

In Motherhood, Parenting by Jen23 Comments

During the summer months for what I believe is a large majority of us, there are some slight modifications which occur to our parenting style. Almost without our noticing. Until we finally do notice, and then we go, “oh yeah… it’s summer!” Today I am going to share a few of those truths that are quite evident in my family’s …

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The Photo Shoot 2 Years In The Making

In Parenting by Jen18 Comments

We used to have our family pictures taken every year, and then for 2 years we didn’t! I blame it on the whole accidentally turning my hair red bit, and then the black goth hair that followed in an attempt to eradicate the red. Because that wasn’t too photo worthy either…. Or maybe it was the fact that our usual …