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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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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…

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