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The Gift of Reading

Of all the qualities I hope to instill in my children – kindness, patience, fortitude … one of the traits I want most to share with them is a love of reading. The pleasure I’ve found in books of all sorts is an ingrained part of my character, and I want my children to experience the same joy. read more

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5 Things I Refuse to Feel Guilt for As a Mother

I believe in the mother-instinct.I believe in GUT, versus GUILT. So here are five things in particular I refuse to apologize for. read more

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What I Want My Daughters to Know About Girlfriends

I have a wish list of sorts for my four daughters. The things I want for them as they walk through life. And right at the top of that list is girlfriends. The kind that make you laugh until you fall out of your chair. The kind you can trust to keep a confidence. read more

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The Kind of Friend I Want My Kids to Be

I wanted to be cool. I think every kid has that dream, but for this pastor’s kid with the permed bangs, braces and second-hand clothing, it was pretty much a fantasy. Still, I tried. I doused myself in Exclamation perfume and saved up my allowance for Thrifty’s jeans and Club Monaco sweaters. read more

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Counting Down the Week to Christmas in Books

'Tis the season of hectic days and nights. One year I found myself in this predicament - the tree was half decorated, the homemade gifts I attempted were a joke, and the kids were in “I want” mode. As a family who loves books, I decided to make books a part of our Christmas tradition. read more