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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 multiple websites to plan my summer. This process usually begins in late spring when I bring out my ol’ fashioned wall calendar and start planning our summer schedule. Today I’m going to share with you the best links to help you shape your summer plans. Maybe you’re like me and need a reason to leave your house to make you feel like you’re actually participating in society. Well, my friend, here you go. Lakefront Ahhh, the lake–it’s Milwaukee’s playground. Everyone migrates east on a hot day for the beach, but there’s so much more to check out. You can rent bikes or paddleboats or kites, learn how to sail, charter a fishing expedition, or join a volleyball league. See here […]

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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. Safe Families is not foster care–it’s for families seeking help for a specified period of time. For instance, a mama who is going to night school or a dad who is trying to find stable housing: they need help with their children for a period of time and they don’t have a support network who can help with their children during whatever transition or crisis they’re facing. Safe Families connects a family in need with a Host Family to help with their children and offer support–in other words, the Host Family becomes part of their extended family. And it’s kinda brilliant, in my opinion. We became a Host Family around five years ago and hosted a little girl who was […]

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Birthday

photo cred Hannah Toldt It was my birthday yesterday and nothing gets my reflect-o-meter going more than a birthday. This birthday has been a bit different than most; it’s not a “big birthday” but nonetheless, I do feel a bit melancholy about the whole thing. Remember when we were kids and the first thing you told people about yourself was your name, your favorite color and how old you are? Sigh. It’s a bit harder to talk about that as the years go by. Greg and I went out for a date last night which wasn’t really so much of a date as it was a counseling appointment. I told him all the things I’m worried about and overwhelmed with and he listened and reminded me what’s true. He’s a good friend to me. Anyway, this birthday feels different because this is the year Marielle goes to school. This will be the year that I have the most freedom I’ve had in in my adult life and I want to use it well. The years of newborns and graduate school and potty training and working through my identity crises are over (well, maybe not the identity crises). And now that […]

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Winter Lakefront

A few weeks ago when it was bitterly cold, my friend Karin (in her classic Prepared Friend fashion), texted me in the car line at school: “Want to take the kids to the Bradford Beach? I heard there’s some amazing sights.” Um, no. I don’t. It’s, like, -20. It’ll be even colder at the lakefront with the breeze coming in off the lake. But since I’m trying harder to get out and do things in the winter, I sighed. Yes, I’ll go. This will fill up my girls’ little love cups and will make me feel like I am winning at parenting. (Also, when the girls complain that they never get to do anything fun, I can remind them of that one time we went to the lake when it was -20 and saw all the beauty and had somuchfun and now it’s time for you to fold laundry and make your bed because all the fun is over now). A short drive later, we’re in the middle of a frozen tundra with our seven collective children. Lauryn (who is nearly as tall as I am) was wearing ballet flats with no socks–no bueno for walking through snow drifts. Problem solved. My lakefront excursion objectives […]

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