He’s Just A Man

Is he a symbol or a man? To you, he is a symbol of something more. He’s a faceless uniform that walks the streets. You see his blue, you see his gun and shield. You see his car on the side of the road, and instinctively check to make sure you’re not speeding. You point him out to your child […]

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Keeping Marriage Alive In The Trenches

Marriage in the trenches! I always think of this blog as motherhood-with-an-extra-side-of-police-life, but in the last several weeks, the majority of questions I’ve gotten from all of you have actually been about marriage. Several of you specifically asked about our “perfect marriage,” or “how do we do it” and while I struggled with how to answer you all while respecting […]

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I Am The Wife

I am the wife that sits alone, wondering if I will hear his voice. I am the wife that packs up the kids and goes to parties, school events, family functions and holiday dinners – with or without him. I am the wife that will never skip that kiss goodbye – because if today is his last day, I want […]

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Setting A Routine To Build Confidence In Kids

Sharing today about the kids’ routine chart! Several of you asked for more details on the chart I mentioned in this post, and how I get the kids to stick with it. Children love routine! It gives a sense of security and confidence when they know what’s going to happen next. As they get older, that knowledge also brings a […]

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Easter Bunny Basket – Simple, Thoughtful Gift Idea

Wanted to share an easy-but-cute Easter bunny basket idea that I whipped up with the kids last night! I saw these mini Easter bunny baskets at Tar-jay several weeks ago and snagged a few to use for teacher gifts. Eloise has 3 teachers in her preschool class and Mikey has his. All of them are amazing teachers who teach enthusiastically […]

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I’m Too Busy Eating Nutella In The Trenches

I was scrolling through Facebook the other night and started reading the comments on some mommy post. Oh my goodness, you guys! So many people out there who are SO ABSOLUTELY SURE ABOUT EVERYTHING! Like, teach me your ways, because this mama has doubts sometimes, you know? Anyway, I lurked for a while and then moved on but my snarky […]

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10 Easy Ways To Get Your Day Running Smoothly

You guys – I used to be a morning person. I’d get home from work and be out cold asleep by 11, then all perky and cheery by 7 AM. My day was almost guaranteed to start smoothly. That was before kids. Before 3 hours of sleep. Before there was no such thing as “sleeping in,” or “lazy weekends,” or […]

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We Can Choose – And Our Children Will, Too

What do you choose? A couple years ago I was at home, cuddling my sick baby, and quickly typed out some mothering thoughts on my old blog. I shared with my friends on Facebook and went on with my day. That post, “Kids Aren’t Expensive But That Other Thing Sure Is” ended up being shared by parents, blogs and websites […]

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5 Little Habits To Shape Their Hearts

Habits – good and bad – are the foundation of our days. There are a thousand parenting articles and books, but sometimes what I really need is a concrete, practical way to mother right now, this minute, while the dinner is cooking, the toddler is screaming, the older kids need help with homework, and the to-do lists seem never-ending. All […]

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