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

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As the new year began back in January, I examined myself to see if there were any goals I felt I needed to accomplish in the new year.  As I thought about it, one...

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I recently shared the story of my unplanned c-section. What I did not get to share in that post was the nitty gritty of what life was like recovering from a c-section.  My hope in...

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Library Story Times and Kids’ Programs

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Last month, I shared about reading to your babies and toddlers, including why we should do it, how to make it fun, and some of my favorite books to read with littles. This month, I...

Read to Your Babies and Toddlers! Why, How, and What:

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I love to read, and this has been true since I was a child.  I cannot really pinpoint what got me to love reading, but I am pretty sure it was my parents.  When we...

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Have you ever heard the phrase, “It takes a village?” Until I became a mom, I never really thought about that phrase or the importance of it.   Before my husband and I were married,...