Joy and Laughter

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Joy and Laughter

Despite my recent grumblings on what a challenge Ginny, my two-year-old, can be, she really is quite sweet, entertaining, and funny. Ginny lights up any room when she has a smile on her face. Her giggles are quite contagious. She brings more smiles into my life than frustration. It is understandable for a two-year-old to have melt downs and tantrums. They are so little, not quite able to fully communicate, and crave independence. That combination can lead to fireworks, but it can also lead to smiles and joy as they reach new milestones and gain in their vocabulary. My Little

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Family visits

I have moved about 24 times in my life thus far.  In my first 10 years of life, I moved 7 times.  My dad was active duty in the U.S. Air Force.  For our family, visits to and from family was quite rare–maybe once a year when we were actually stateside.  However, for nearly 6 of those 10 years we lived in Germany.  We did have family visit us a few times, but not repeated trips and nor once a year, for understandable reasons. My dad went from active duty to the National Guard for a variety of reasons when

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My Mom

My Mom

This morning I was thinking about the relationship I’ve had with my mom and how it has progressed over time. One thing I’ve always known is that my mom loves me and wants the best for me. I was raised by a wonderful, loving mother! She would sacrifice anything for my sister and me, if needed, because she always put our needs (not wants, mind you) first. When I was little, I remember thinking she was likely the best mom ever in the world. I wanted to grow up to be like her.   Until I was 10, my mom

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Today I Was…

Today, I was supposed to have a baby in my arms. In the last couple of weeks, I’ve become aware that I was nearing my estimated due date for my first loss. That day is here. It first dawned on me that it was coming when the Census arrived. I realized that if we had stayed pregnant, I would have waited to fill in the census so that I could include our new baby. However, that obviously did not happen. It is weird when you think of your loss on a day that you thought would be joyous. I’m not

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