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    Infertility Deconstructed

    The decision to have a child is one of the most life-changing experiences a couple can undergo. Oftentimes conception occurs without planning or trying, but many times it is carefully planned, and when mother nature doesn’t go along with the plan it can be a very stressful time for a couple. The definition of infertility […]

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    Forever Ours: Building a family through adoption

    Everyone’s journey to parenthood is different, with different struggles, decisions and stories built along the way. From natural conception, to infertility treatments to foster care and adoption, hopeful parents have options when it comes to building their families. Here, two local couples share their stories about building their families through adoption, a process not without […]

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    Because it Makes Sense

    Heidi Dietrich is 10 weeks pregnant. She has two children, Declan, 5 and Delaney, 2 ½, and a loving husband, Matt. They live together in Bismarck where she leads a normal life as a mom and a business owner and right now she’s experiencing the typical symptoms of early pregnancy—headaches, bloating, fatigue and nausea—but Heidi’s […]

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    Parenting in Tough Times

    The media coverage is intense. Images of police, victims of violence, and related difficulties flood social media and television screens. These and other realities related to recent events associated with terrorism are unsettling, especially for children. Children ask questions and respond emotionally to the reactions of adults to these events. They see adults absorbed in the news coverage. They […]

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    Foster Care

    Interested in becoming a foster parent? With any new and exciting journey in parenthood, the process and information can feel overwhelming. We caught up with Jenny Thompson, a Licensed Social Worker in McKenzie County, to help sort through the steps to successful licensing and placement. According to Thompson, there’s great need for foster parents in […]

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    Carpe Baby!

    I sit here balancing my laptop on a belly carrying a full-grown baby. She is scheduled to come into the world in three weeks. She doesn’t yet have a name but from what I can sense, she does not have a care in the world. I love her so much, my heart kind of hurts. […]

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    Reflecting on the Holidays

    “Over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother’s house we go; The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh through the white and drifting snow.” This familiar song is the song I always think of when I think of the holiday, Thanksgiving. The poem that the song originated from, shows that the author’s […]

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    Take the Challenge to Choose Thankfulness

    Over ten years ago at a conference I noticed an unusual number of people wearing purple plastic wristbands.  I didn’t think much about it, imagining that the bands must be in support of a worthy cause.   When I returned home from the conference I stopped by my neighborhood bookstore.  At the checkout register sat […]

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    Feature: Family bonds made through powwow

    Caspie and Donovan Abbey’s lives revolve around powwow. They dance, they fundraise, they teach, they judge, and they travel. So naturally, their children are following in their footsteps. Currently residing in Mandaree, N.D. Caspie’s lineage stems from the Hidatsa Crow Tribe in Montana and Donovan from the Coushatta Hidastsa and Mandan. Both started dancing at […]

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    Purple Asters Color Memories Of Fall

    The smell of Fall is in the air! Crisp mornings, the leaves changing into luscious golden and auburn colors, and of course pumpkin everything. This season used to be my mama’s favorite season. She belonged to a garden club until she adopted my sister and I. It was then that she devoted her entire life, […]

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