brenda

brenda
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I am a small town Iowa girl who is loving life in the Iowa City area. I graduated from The University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Elementary and Middle Level education. I moved to the Iowa City area for my first teaching job and never looked back. It is here in Iowa City where I met my husband, Robert, married him, and we started our family. After our oldest was born, I left the classroom to be a stay at home mommy. We are the parents of three; Gabe (April 2013), Maggie (April 2015), and Julianna (September 2017). In addition to being a stay at home mom, I also substitute teach occasionally. I have many hobbies and interests. I love to be active by running and working out. I also enjoy spending time with friends and family, trying new recipes, playing board and card games and being involved in church. I am a sports enthusiast and enjoy cheering on the Hawkeyes, UNI Panthers, and the Chicago Cubs. I feel grateful for our little family. Life as a mom of three is busy and chaotic, but I wouldn’t have it any other way
First day of kindergarten during a pandemic.

Starting Kindergarten During A Pandemic

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As I sit here and write this piece, I am filled with so many emotions. On any given moment, I go from being excited to sad, to frustrated to joyful. Let me explain. You...
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Bravery: The Word to Describe Motherhood

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Brave. Do you consider yourself to be a brave person? If I were to use adjectives to describe myself, brave probably would not be at the top of my list. I mean, after all,...
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A Socially Distant Walk: The Reprieve My Family Needed

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As I write this, we are in the thick of social distancing from the COVID-19 pandemic. In our family, our daily life looks something like this: My husband works from home and I homeschool...
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Hitting the Reset Button: My Parenting Realization During This Pandemic

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COVID-19. Do your days right now just feel like endless re-runs of the movie Groundhog Day where everything is the same every single day and it feels like there is no end in sight?...
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Coronavirus: The Questions I’m Asking to Cope in this Crisis

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Coronavirus. When you hear the word, what does it make you think and how does it make you feel? At first, I felt like this is no big deal. It will pass. The media...

True Confessions and the Untold Secret to Playing Pretend with My Kids

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In my home the following scene has played out multiple times: “Mom, will you come play dolls (superheroes) with me?” “Sure Honey!” Play begins. I make my doll or superhero do something. Soon I hear,...

Mom Friendship: My Daily Mission to Include Others

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It was a normal day in my life. When that light turned green in my kids’ room at 6:30 a.m., we were off and running. The morning rush began. Everyone needed to be fed,...

Why Advocate? How to Be the Advocate Your Child Needs You to Be

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Since becoming a mom six and a half years ago, I have often heard people tell me to trust my “mom gut.” My mom gut is not just my stretched skin and enlarged midsection...

Time With My Littlest: Life Lessons From My Two-Year-Old

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I am the mom of an amazing trio. We laugh, we play, we explore, we learn, we argue, and we are loud.  I love it and would not have it any other way. Life...

Reconciling the Loss of Friendships As An Adult

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“Make new friends but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold.” You may remember that song from your childhood. I know I do. I often think back over my life and...