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    Big plans for friendship evolve in motherhood

    This must be the year of reflection. Decisions made and the paths you take, all of it is front and center in my thoughts lately. I had big plans growing up that all involved Jessie, my bestie since eight grade and I doing all the fun things before settling down across the road from each […]

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    New Year. Better me, not a new me.

    I remember my first grade teacher asking me what my name was on the first day of school. I opened my mouth to answer, but no sound came out. I remember other times that I fully intended to speak, to give input, but was met with only silence. That is still me when I try […]

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    Homestead dreaming in the Bakken

    I don’t remember when I started dreaming about a North Dakota homestead. I am a pretty logical gal so I knew that all the prior houses that we remodeled and sold while our kids were small were leading up to moving out of town. We realized that house number four was our ticket and the […]

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    Happily Home

    Once upon a time there was a girl. She wanted motherhood for as many years as she could remember. And when her time came to be a mother, it was both harder and lovelier than she dreamed. Seventeen years ago, when my mothering of daughters began, I did not look to the growing up part. […]

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    Back to school has us savoring the seasons

    I am a four seasons kind of girl. How cool is it that each of them are so distinct and call to you in different ways. I love that spring is so desperately needed after the endless winter, and suddenly, it’s there and you are rewarded with green and crocuses. I love summer days that […]

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    Saying “YES” to a new stage of parenthood

    By Rebekah Engebretson I don’t remember when it happened. One day I looked around, and my life was different. I had the same car, the same four daughters and husband, the same little house whose walls felt smaller and smaller, yet I wasn’t sure where I was or what I was doing. It dawned on […]

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