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A Letter to My 6th Grade Daughter

My Dearest Sweet Pea,    I’m thankful you still let me call you that. I’m not sure if one day you’ll resist but for today we still embrace it. You are about to enter into 6th grade. Middle school. These years, for many, are simply the years we say, “we survived.” Middle school years are […]

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Anna’s Mom: Being Present Through Grief

Anna was starting first grade and I remember looking at her in the rear view mirror on our way to school, she sat silent looking out the window. I could tell by the look on her face that she was contemplating something. “Are you nervous Anna?” “A little,” she said quietly without breaking her stare […]

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My Special Needs Daughter is an Everyday Princess

My now six-year-old daughter came to me when she was just three-months-old through foster care, and later joined my family officially through adoption. I have spent the last six years building up my portfolio when it comes to advocating for her as a special-needs child. But then there are these moments, these incredibly important moments, when […]

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The Burden and Beauty of a Sister

“Hey, hey, HEY! What is going on in here? In this house we don’t fight with our sister, we fight for her.” This seems to be a common refrain for me these days, as I seek to break through the chattering cacophony of little girl voices seeking to be the most strident, shrewdest, and scrupulous […]

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