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Cruising with a teenager is not all that different from cruising with a preschooler. L was beyond excited when we got on the ship. She literally could not stop bouncing off the walls. Eager to explore, she and C took off to see what they could see. I admit it. I could not have let my preschoolers take off on their own. Fast forward to...

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Mother’s Day has never been an easy day for me. I am a Christian. I am a Mormon. We go to church on Sundays. My mother was not active in my faith. I remember shrinking a little lower in my seat, hoping no one would notice I was by myself each Mother’s Day. Of course everyone could tell as they handed out sweet little flowers. This...

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Lately, I have been asking myself, “Am I doing this to bring pride and recognition to myself and my family or am I coming from a place of humility? Is my motive to bring happiness to others? Is my motive to bring glory to our Father In Heaven? Am I constantly sharing my life in a way that is bragging and can bring others down?...

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AN ADVENT CALENDAR WITH A TWIST When Lili was little, friends gave us Advent Calendars with chocolate. You know the cardboard ones with the little windows that open. The problem was Lili could never control herself to eat just one. We would open the next day’s flap to discover she had eaten that one and on and on. Scrap that idea. Just buy her chocolate...

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Most children who love to read and write have parents and other adults in their lives who also love to read and write. There is a direct correlation between reading and writing. When someone is a reader, they are usually a writer. I know how to talk the talk. I know how important it is for kids to have early exposure to language…written as well...

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