With my youngest now seven, I can open the door to our car and my kids all just get in and when I cook dinner there's a decent chance I'll get to eat it while it's hot. My kids are all aging out of the neediest part of their childhood and as much as I ...

 

Four Plus an Angel - 5 new articles

Parenting through the in between years of childhood

With my youngest now seven, I can open the door to our car and my kids all just get in and when I cook dinner there’s a decent chance I’ll get to eat it while it’s hot. My kids are all aging out of the neediest* part of their childhood and as much as I worried about them getting older I have to say I’m loving it. (*Quick clarification: physically needy, not emotionally...

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Not Alone in the Universe

We went to see Suessical last weekend. In case you don’t know the storyline it’s about Horton, an elephant with a big imagination, who connects to a Who named JoJo with an imagination the same size. JoJo lives in Whoville, a town the size of a spec on a clover, so no one believes Horton when he tells them the Whos exist. The musical tells the story of believing in yourself and...

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Holiday Clothing Drive 2016

This will be the fourth year I’ve hosted the Holiday Clothing Drive. I had to skip 2015 because life and sanity, but missing a year seemed to make our whole family even more anxious to get back to it for 2016. Plus the kids are two years older so I have more people to help me not screw up the mile-long spread sheet I’ll have halfway through this. Together, we’ve clothed over...

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The only way to enjoy cough and cold season

I am a ball of nerves when it comes to my kids getting sick. Parenting three preemies, two who’ve had respiratory issues I’d like to block from my memory, I spend the beginning of every cold weather season dreaming up ways I can put my kids in a bubble until the windows are open again.

The only thing that could make this cough and cold season better is all kinds of free products and a...

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What you hang on to after losing a child

There is an unexplainable hollowness that comes with losing a child. I’ve heard loss moms explain it as a hole in their heart or an empty feeling. I’ve searched for words to do it justice but haven’t found one yet. You grow a child and birth them and before you see how their hair touches their shoulders or if their laugh turns into yours they’re drifting away and...

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