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Creating Well-Rounded Eaters

At a local farm event, the kids learned how to take a bean seed and plant it. We then walked into the greenhouse and saw those seeds in each of their different stages of development, from sowing to harvesting. Their eyes lit up. read more

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A Crazy Summer

It was the summer from when we had just had baby number three, a son, Garrison. Since he was born in late April, I knew the summer months might be a little “hairy.” I remember heaving my three little kids into the pediatrician. Sweet baby boy wouldn’t quit screaming after each feeding. read more

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This Summer I Say Yes

I say “no” to my children often. With summer in stretching in front of me like one long nooooooo toward the horizon that is autumn. I’d like to make it a goal to say “yes” twice as often as I say “no.” So I’m making a commitment to myself to say “yes” as frequently as I can. read more

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Make 2015 The Summer of Something

Every spring Anne makes a goal for the summer and declares it “The Summer of Something.” One year was “The Summer of Pies,” where she spent the whole summer baking homemade pies. Anne always picks a summer theme involving trial, error, fun and discovery. read more

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One Mom’s Approach to Panhandling

“What does that sign say?” A question I often hear from the backseat as we’re stopped at an intersection. I’m aware of the person standing on the corner asking for money, and I know my passengers’ questions are inevitable. read more