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Dear Annalise – Empathy

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Dear Annalise, I’ve been thinking a lot about empathy lately.  I never realized that empathy is not something everyone has or desires.  The older I get the more I see it.  Even people close to me and that I love contain their love to their “tribe”.  Like a mother lion circling her children people often […] Read more…

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A 2015 Recap (so far)!

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Oh hey everyone!  I know, I know…. I’ve been gone awhile.  Our life has been so crazy since my last post but I miss writing so much. I am going to make an effort to keep at it.  The main reason for this blog is for my kids to have a sense of what was […] Read more…

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Dear Alisha

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Dear Alisha, You are probably reading this on your iPhone still laying in bed.  You are dreading that moment when your swollen feet hit the floor and the painful pressure that shortly follows as you push yourself upright.  These recently discovered muscles use to just make up part of your body.  Now you are aware […] Read more…

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Selfishness vs Selflessness

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Does anyone else struggle with selfishness vs selflessness?  I feel like one day I read “How to be Selfless, Put Others First and the Great Things That Follow” then the next day “Okay to Be Selfish: a Mother’s Guide to Sanity”.  I’m thinkin’ which is it?! Am I suppose to be selfish one day and […] Read more…

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Of all the gifts we can give, this is the most important

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If there is one thing I could wrap up in a tiny box and give my daughter, it wouldn’t be a blank check or keys to a mansion. It would simply be happiness. Every little girl starts her journey in life with hopes and dreams and messy morning hair. She wears mismatched clothes because she […] Read more…

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How Alicia Got Her Groove Back

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Sometimes you just have to re-center and re-evaluate.  The winter was long and cold this year and it was a doozey mentally on the Courtneys.  My sun-loving husband was craving our Hawaiian life while being surrounded by three computer screens the majority of the day.  And I felt like our walls were coming down on […] Read more…

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Brave

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Dear Annalise, Every day you do something new.  It is amazing how quickly you absorb things.  You can run any smart phone with ease and not like a baby banging on a phone.  We move your apps and you will swipe until you find what you’re looking for.  You’ve been able to do that since […] Read more…

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Mom Jeans

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So, I bought my first mom jeans and they are glorious.  I got them from Old Navy so I can’t be too far off the cool spectrum.  I wish I would have been buying high-waisted pants my whole life.  I pulled them up higher than normal and showed Chris, “Look at this! Everything is in […] Read more…

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The In-Betweeners

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I feel like there are a lot of us out there.  The women that had extraordinary childhoods with incredible mothers who told us we could rule the world.  The hardest part for me becoming a mom was the absolute fear that I wouldn’t be as good as my mom.  It was/is terrifying.  My mom decided […] Read more…

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Mama Bear Approves: Diaper Arena

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This week’s Mama Bear Approved focus is the “diaper arena”.  I will not be talking about specific diaper or wipe brands because each baby is different.  Annalise didn’t have any issues with particular diaper brands but I know some babies do react better with brand 1 vs brand 2.  Anyways, there are three other products […] Read more…

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