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Made in Minnesota Gift Guide

This is my favorite time of year. I love Christmas and am pretty fond of shopping. While Black Friday deals do offer some adrenaline rush they aren't typically what I'm after for gifts. It is a great time to pick up things you need, but gifts should be special. This...

The Last Bath

As he scrubbed the dirt from his knees and splashed about I tried to be discrete about wiping my tears. I was happy after all. I was fully aware of what a gift this was. Rarely, do we know when the last time for something is. Often we think we can’t wait to be done...

We All Have Boots to Fill

Twenty-three pairs of empty boots lined up in rows. My heart hurt looking at them, but I must look. I must visualize the soldier that once wore those boots with pride. I must ponder their roles as sons and daughters, husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, friends,...

Pink is for the Girls

This post is in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is October and there is pink everywhere. Honestly, some of the places I see pink seems a bit silly to me. Does an NFL player wearing pink socks do anything? I'm not sure, but perhaps the cumulative effect...

Reflections on Success

Writing has always been something I liked to do. When I was a kid I would write out elaborate plans and poems. As a teenager, my mom and I would sometimes exchange notes to effectively communicate. In college, I would sometimes help my now husband write papers because...

Don’t Outgrow Me Yet

This is one of my all-time favorite posts, originally published on Her View From Home. My only child's ninth birthday is approaching. Half of his childhood is in the books. My day to day mom duties are half over. Where the hell did the time go? Perhaps by the time he...

Sometimes I Miss Five

This post is one of my all-time favorites and was originally shared on Her View From Home. For the last few months, I’ve found myself missing my five-year-old. Don’t get me wrong, I love him as the nine-year-old he is now, but oh five was sweet. Five was full of...

Knowing Your Worth

This post was originally shared on Her View From Home. It used to happen every two weeks. It was routine and expected. It was sometimes anticipated but often taken for granted. It was earned. It was praise for hard work. It was recognition. It provided security,...

Kindness Ripples

I have found a way to get a little thrill out of grocery shopping. It is a simple act of kindness that only costs 25 cents that brightens my day. Grocery shopping is not high on my list of favorite activities. As a family, we are trying to eat healthier and all those...

A Day to Honor Daddy

Memorial Day changed for me one morning in September. A friend had recruited me to help out with a charity event benefitting families of fallen soldiers. I'm a bit of a yes person when asked to help and this seemed worthy of that response. In has turned out to be one...