I used to think I couldn't let my kids know just how imperfect I am. A parenting mistake would lead me to ponder my value as a mom. They know we aren't perfect. In fact, I'm thankful my kids have learned from some of my mistakes, so they hopefully don't have to make them too.  I sat down with my daughter, Mary, who is 23 now, to talk about life, parenting, to give her a…

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“Wherever you go, there you are.”   That’s a funny thing my mom used to say.   Only funny because she had no idea that the intended meaning of the phrase she used to encourage me actually meant something entirely different.   She said this to me when I was leaving grade school for middle school. Or, as we called it, “junior high.”  Who calls it junior high? She must be old.  I was freaking…

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They are calling it the "biggest sports comeback of all time." Tiger Woods won his fifth Masters by one stroke. It was his 15th major title, his first in almost 11 years. It’s being called the greatest sports comeback ever. But I beg to differ.  OK, OK. I'm no sports fanatic. No expert for sure. This is a golf thing, right?  But I think this is way more than a sports comeback. Since his self-imposed…

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  When I was married, I was oblivious to the challenges of my friends who were single, or single again. And, I'm sorry. I had been married to Dan MOST OF MY LIFE, close to 24 years. Since he passed away four years ago, it's been eye opening. Outside of learning to grieve, and learning to heal, I've been learning the ropes of how to do this single life. FIVE THINGS I've learned since I've been…

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  A thumbs up. A smile. A hug. Loneliness. Worship. Just five ideas I now know are universally understood after a trip to Kenya with Cure International and WAY-FM. Loneliness is felt whether you are in Kenya or Connecticut, wealthy or poor, married or single. Mary is a 32 year old single mom who lives in a village outside of Kenya with her two children. Her oldest daughter has disabilities, which aren't widely accepted in…

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I have found one of the greatest lessons, and most difficult things required as a parent, is this: LETTING GO. If you think about it, the process of letting go begins at birth. The baby is born. She's been really close to you for nine months. Really close. And what is the first thing that happens? They whisk her away. Your eyes follow the baby closely, looking desperately toward the table where the nurse took…

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