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    Picture Perfect North Dakota Summer

    0 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 […]

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    Fathers of Daughters

    +3 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 […]

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    “Get the cold compress!”

    +1 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 […]

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    Living life three minutes at a time

    0 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 […]

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    The Evolution of Love

    0 “How do you show your mom that you love her?” I asked the boy sitting on a tiny chair in the library of the preschool. I was sitting in front of him, knees to my chin, my bum hanging off of each edge of my own tiny chair, on a mission to find out […]

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    And then there were two.

    0 Rosalee Gene came into this world on December 1st, just in time for the holidays and a fresh start on a New Year. She was a nice round 8 pounds, 21 ounces and has given us the gift of being sleepy and laid back and easy because I think the Good Lord knew full […]

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    Honoring our stories: The many ways we become a family

    0 As I type this, my second baby is rolling, kicking and stretching his or her limbs from one end of my belly to another. The movements are so robust that I’m certain my husband can see them from across the room. I can say this time around that I remember this feeling. The back […]

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    Laundry, Legos and the right amount of mess

    0 “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 […]

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