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    From lost to found

    This week I lost my six-year-old, twice. Twice this week, tears overflowed the bright blue eyes of my red haired little Benji as he looked at the world, un-tethered and unprotected, and tried to problem solve his way back to me. The first sad tale of the lost and wandering Kindergartner happened on the bus […]

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    Ghosts from Christmas Past

    Last Christmas was the roughest Christmas I have ever had. I don’t want to blame you, frontier North Dakota, but I am. Let me set the scene for you. My baby girl was four weeks old. My husband had spent four weeks in survival mode, keeping our five year and 18 month old boys occupied […]

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    Teaching inclusivity is not a quick lesson

    Nothing prepares you for the first time your kid gets sent to the principal’s office. And, when the reason he is sent to the principal’s office is because he’s being a jerk, you want to crawl under a rock. At five years old, my bright, wild boy went to Kindergarten this year. Gone are the […]

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    Motherhood after major surgery

    In last month’s issue, I got real (and a little TMI) about my upcoming hysterectomy. This month I’m reporting back on how surgery went and what the life of a recovering mom looks like. ** spoiler alert: she needs a lot of help, and probably a shower. I checked in for surgery early in the […]

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    It’s summer and there’s a party in my garage

    The sun is out and you can find the Ryan family spending their days in a perpetual garage party – we’ve leaned in and we are pretty happy about it. We came to western North Dakota like many people. It was the middle of the oil boom and there was a housing shortage. We felt […]

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    Fatherhood: A piece of cake

    You know that thing that your dad does, the thing that is always funny? It becomes the joke, the thing that he has to do when the opportunity arises because it’s the funny thing he always does. And his kids wait with baited breath for the punch line so they can grab their guts and […]

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    I’ve turned into my mother

    When I look around and see half empty cans of Diet Coke sitting on tables and counters all over the room, and I find myself working on a sewing project well into the middle of the night, pins spilled on the floor and swatches of fabric piled up underfoot, or when I hear myself tell […]

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    If you want a mom friend be a mom friend

    It takes a village to raise a child, the old adage says. I think though, us moms need our own proverb. How about, a mom without friends will never get out of her pajamas? Or maybe, to find the humor, tell a friend. Or my personal proverb, without a diet coke and a good friend […]

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    Setting your New Year’s resolutions

    When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, only 8 percent of people actually achieve them and 88 percent of people fail by February. Why is that? Because most people shoot for the moon setting overly ambitious and vague goals – like getting healthy, losing weight or paying off all your debt. The key to setting […]

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