Category Archives: Parenting

Child of the Heart

November is National Adoption Month.  It seems as if this would be a logical time to tell our story, and yet I am always a little hesitant to do so.  There are multiple reasons for this, but the biggest is, … Continue reading

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A Different Kind of 9/11 Remembrance

Where were you when you heard the news of the Twin Towers attack? Most will be able to describe the exact moment that their daily activities stopped, their eyes glued to the television. The horror of what was thought to … Continue reading

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Saying Goodbye

“You never leave someone behind, you take a part of them with you and leave a part of yourself behind.” Note:  Our daughter, by way of Norwegian exchange student, is returning to home and homeland this week.  This is my … Continue reading

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So Mothers Be Good to Your Daughters Too

Since Mother’s Day last Sunday, I’ve been thinking a lot about mothers and daughters, and how that relationship grows and evolves as a girl grows to be a woman. Sometimes, I miss the simplicity of my childhood relationship with my … Continue reading

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Reflections of a Teenage Girl — All Grown Up

This past couple of weeks has had me thinking a lot about parenting. I wrote a few weeks ago about our 17-year-old Norwegian daughter, and while I am not raising her, I am her parent for the year. The last … Continue reading

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Ways That Having An Exchange Student Has Changed My Family

In August, we took on a 17-year-old exchange student from Norway. Though we called her our “Norwegian Daughter” from the beginning, it took some time for her to earn that title. It is now April and I am proud to … Continue reading

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House Scars

I have been doing some spring cleaning around my house. With the windows open and the sunlight streaming in, I am motivated to dump the drudgery of winter that had accumulated in closets, drawers, and cabinets. The brilliance of sunlight … Continue reading

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