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“All endings are also beginnings. We just don’t know it at the time.” -Mitch Albom from The Five People You Meet in Heaven It’s been several years since I first encountered the above quote, but recently thought of it again as...
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As moms, we have the weight of the world on our shoulders. We manage the household, our kids' activities, and run all the errands. We balance work and home life, buy groceries, make sure there’s toilet paper, everyone has...
So much talk is focused on the early days and months of breastfeeding, as it should! Those days were so hard, but I was prepared mentally for that struggle. Weaning...not so much. I dreaded it, but I had a...
Many cultures have a coming-of-age ceremony. A 13-year-old Jewish person has a Bar or a Bat Mitzvah. A young Latina may have a quinceanera. A young man of the Hamar tribe of Ethiopia jumps over a bull. My family is...

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