Jessie Veeder

Jessie Veeder

Jessie is a singer/songwriter/writer and statewide columnist living on her family’s ranch near Watford City with her husband and daughter. She blogs at veederranch.com . Reach her at jessieveeder@gmail.com. (facebook.com/veederranch)

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    Patience-Plus: A Definition of Motherhood

    “When you have that baby, you’re going to have more appreciation for your mother than you’ve ever had in your entire life.” These words from a stranger have been ringing in my ears almost every day since my daughter arrived. I remember nursing her upstairs in our bedroom in the first few weeks she was […]

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    Mono: The signs, symptoms and care

    “You’ve got mono,” is the last thing a teenager – or their parent – wants to hear at a visit to their clinic provider. Whether your teen is busy with a part-time job, a sports team, theater production, or an-extra challenging academic workload at college, any illness that slows them down is a blow to […]

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    Laundry, Legos and the right amount of mess

    “My house will never be clean again!” A regular mom of a one-year-old might begin here with this statement. It’s where I planned to start anyway, inspired by this month’s issue that includes articles discussing the benefits of getting our kids involved in chores and tips on how to organize all their Legos and tiny […]

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    Kids Talk Teamwork

    Watford City’s new Rough Rider Event Center is now open and with it came the completion of a new competitive lap pool. To take full advantage of the opportunity the new facility provides for the community’s youth, a group of parents and volunteers founded the Sea Wolves, Watford City’s first swim team. The Sea Wolves […]

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    A Baby in the Boonies

    When I was pregnant and waiting for the arrival of my first baby, I was obsessed and overwhelmed with the amount of information I could find on how to be prepared. From packing a hospital bag to lists of contradicting ideas on what products and devices you absolutely needed, my head was spinning. And, because […]

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    The miles to motherhood

    My great grandmother Gudrun had her first of what would be twelve children in 1915. Twelve children in rural western North Dakota during a time where a trip to the post office took a good day on horseback and ordering disposable diapers on Amazon.com wasn’t even close to a thing. I think about her often […]

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    Surviving in the country with an infant

    The first few months of new parenthood is challenging. It’s even more challenging when you live in rural America, thirty miles from the nearest gas station or hours from major box stores. In all the “What to Expect” books and blogs I read trying to get me prepared for the task, I found very little […]

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    Love and parenthood

    Before I became a mother I was aware that love came in all shapes and forms. I heard that old saying about how having a child is like having your heart go walking around outside your body and I hoped that someday, no matter how terrifying it sounded, I would have the chance to describe […]

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