Archive of ‘Dear Annalise’ category

Dear Annalise – Empathy

By Alicia Courtney

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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 […]

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Brave

By Alicia Courtney

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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 […]

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Dear Annalise, Happy 1st Birthday!

By Alicia Courtney

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Dear Annalise, You are 1 year old today!  WOW!  I can’t even begin to describe how much joy you have given us this first year.  From your first smile to your amazing dance moves, I have never loved someone so much.  Lately you’ve been singing to the radio (you’ve always gotten mad if we aren’t […]

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Dear Annalise, Wear Your Retainer

By Alicia Courtney

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Dear Annalise, Oh there are so many little lessons I want to teach you.  But instead of being nebulous and saying things like “reach for the stars”, “make good choices”, etc. I want to give some clear advice today.  Although, I will give you vague advice sometimes like “don’t stress about your failures” because it […]

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Dear Annalise, you take my breath away

By Alicia Courtney

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Dear Annalise, After reading your favorite book, Where’s Spot (you always get so excited when you find him in the basket at the end), I snuggled you with your bottle while rocking in your chair.  Then I laid you in your crib on your left side.  Per usual you rolled over on your tummy with […]

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