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    6 ways to channel spring with your kids

    If I told you spring arrives this month would you believe me? I checked the calendar and March 20th makes it official, but I’m not so sure. All my years as a North Dakotan have taught me not to rely on spring until at least July 4th. This might be especially true this year. Because […]

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    For better or for worse

    Twelve years ago I said “I do” in front of a big oak tree that had likely been growing roots on our ranch for close to 80 years. I stood beside a twenty-three year old man who I’d known since I was twelve years old, I held his hand and I made a promise to […]

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    New Year, new ways to celebrate milestones, big and small

    There’s something about the new year and birthdays that feel the same to me. It makes sense. Both occasions mark the end and beginning of a year and both hold nostalgia and hope tightly in the celebration. But mostly, now that I’m a parent, the way they both ceremoniously mark the passage of time carries […]

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    How to take a Christmas card photo

    Step 1: Set unrealistic expectations. To properly achieve this, head to your favorite mom blog to find that she has already published a series of her perfectly groomed clan in matching Christmas jammies decorating the tree, laughing. hugging and looking like they love one another while reaching to put the star on top. And if […]

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    Show them how to be grateful

    At the end of November, two days after Thanksgiving, my oldest and first daughter, Edie, will turn three. And almost three, apparently, is the age when you become aware of your birthday and what it means, because for the past month or so, birthdays have been the big topic of conversations at our house. Her […]

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    Ask not what your community can do for you

    Last week I helped plan a welcome event in my hometown of Watford city. On a Friday afternoon, before a home High School Football game, nearly 600 people came through the doors of our community center. And the purpose wasn’t to shop or be convinced of anything, but to show them what our community has […]

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    New phases

    I just got done scrolling through photos of my sister-in-law’s family vacation to Florida. They surprised their three girls, ages nine, 12 and 14, with the trip last week and if the photos tell an accurate story, that story was all smiles. Oh, I’m one of three girls, so I know there was some drama […]

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    Picture Perfect North Dakota Summer

    Summer is here and in North Dakota that means cramming as much fun in a three-month time period as possible. For my family it also means trying to keep up with fencing and haying at the ranch while juggling work (because we still have to work) and getting the kids in their swimsuits as much […]

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    Fathers of Daughters

    In honor of Father’s Day, I’d like to talk here about my dad. He’s been the harmony to my solo, the swat on my horse’s rump and pretty much the one person in this world who understands what it’s like to have a nose that seems to keep growing, despite the fact that neither one […]

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    “Get the cold compress!”

    When I was about thirteen or so my best friend and I were babysitting my little sister when she came screaming into the living room with a staple stuck straight into the top of her tiny pointer finger. There wasn’t any blood, but just to be safe my friend instructed her to get off the […]

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    Living life three minutes at a time

    Lately it’s occurred to me how annoying I must have been to other parents before I became a parent myself. Like, I used to say things like ,“Wow, I’ve been so busy!” Which I was. Except I was busy with tasks I could focus on one hundred percent with one hundred percent of my energy. […]

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