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For a decent portion of my childhood, I wanted to own an orchard, tend a flock of sheep and live off the grid. I planned to make a living from the profits of fruit and wool and never want for anything or anybody. Yes, alone in the middle of nowhere–that was my dream. Maybe I’d learn to make delicious preserves, or devise an ingenious new grafting method to yield better fruit. It’s likely I’d win an award for said grafting,…

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Five.

This week, we celebrate Marielle turning five. The story of Mari has always been a bit complicated for me. She was not a child that we planned, which is a very kind way of saying that finding out about a fourth child sent me into a complete tailspin. I contemplated finding a really nice home for her with competent parents who would be able to raise her, because I certainly didn’t feel up to it. I reasoned that I am…

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MKE Summer Guide

Milwaukee is amazing in the summer. There’s Brewer games, cookouts, festivals, music, and the lakefront. The whole city collectively shakes the flakes of snow off its shoulders and gingerly steps, blinking, into the sunlight to finally get that needed dose of vitamin D. There are infinite websites to find what’s happening in the summer–I know this because I’m one of those people who visits all of them. Unfortunately, there’s no one website that shows all the events, so I end up visiting…

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Safe Families

So we have five kids now–for awhile, that is. At the end of April, I received an email from Safe Families about a baby boy. Safe Families is a faith based, volunteer-driven nonprofit that supports people who don’t have extended family available/able to help with their children during a crises or transition. The mission of Safe Families is to create family-like support through volunteers (called Host Families) who help with children for a period of time to keep families intact.…

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