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bravery

Becoming Brave: Modeling Courage for Our Kids

It is not uncommon for one of my kids to ask me to define a word for them. It happens daily. Their vocabulary is rapidly growing, but often words are used without understanding the definition. The other afternoon I decided to inquire about my kids’ understanding of bravery. When asked, “What does it mean to […]

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home birth

6 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Home Birth

Birth evokes varied emotions, opinions and expectations. Whether it’s medicated or cesarean at the hospital, with a doula, at a birthing center, or at home, choosing where to birth is one piece along the journey. People often appeared surprised to learn we chose home birth since I work as a labor and delivery nurse and […]

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hospitality

Hospitality Is Food for the Soul

Hunger is constant. It can be satiated, but without fail, in a few short hours our stomachs growl again telling us it is time to eat. Just as our stomach is hungry for food, our souls are hungry for connection. This past October, after undergoing major surgery, just two months after unpacking boxes in a […]

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roommate

There’s a Purple-Haired Troll in My Basement!

We live in an age where the isolated nuclear family is the norm. I’ve heard many friends complain about the difficulty of forming friendships and community connections after a long day of work and parenting responsibilities. I’ll admit that I used to have the same difficulty until I invited the “purple-haired troll” and her daughter […]

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