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Being a Milwaukee native for Samantha has come to be one more sign her Jesus knows her heart; if home wasn’t going to be the ocean coast, Milwaukee is it! Raising a family here now with her husband, Kyle, exploring is at the heart of everything they hope for their children in raising them to find the path that belongs to them, with hearts for lifting those around them to do the same.

It’s Okay to Be Mad, Mom

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The day had come so very close to its end, and as I felt my heart beating faster, my patience was wearing all the faster when one of my boys spoke these words of...

Find Freedom in Acknowledging What is Not For You

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"This is not for you,"  counter-intuitive for a blog, I admit. Should you heed my warning and turn now to leave, I am entirely content with that, so long as you take that first...

Why You Want to Foster a Teen

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Perhaps you’ve begun reading this even though your response to the title was that you couldn’t imagine you want to foster children at all, let alone a teen. Great! Stick with me! I am sure I...

The Practice of Gratitude in Parenting

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Gratitude is one of the first concepts thrust upon us in our experience of life. Think about it. Was “Thank you” not one of the first words you received in language and passed on...

When Postpartum Grace Ends

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Getting towards the end of those six weeks of grace set aside for the postpartum mother (if that) has me reflecting on how essential it is that we love ourselves well and lift one...

Depression from Childhood to Motherhood

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I determined as adulthood came upon me, that before entering into motherhood, I would leave my childhood depression and anxiety behind me. Motherhood was what I wanted, who I was even, since before my...

When We Don’t Practice What We Preach to Our Children

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Despite every intention of a great day, I found myself beyond practicing what I preach daily with our children and beyond turning back. There was certainly no sign of the trauma-informed or attachment style parenting...

To the Mother of the Spirited Child- Part 2: Living in Relationship With Your...

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We're living day to day in a relationship with our spirited children. We want it to be a good relationship. We feel the responsibility to lead them well, and we can. First, We Must Know...

To the Mother of the Spirited Child- Part 1: You Are Not Alone

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If you are rearing a spirited child, you know, you don’t need me to tell you. What you might not realize within this all-consuming place of parenting is that you are not alone. Strong-willed...

A Glimpse into the Face of Foster Care Through the Courtroom

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I pictured a monumental, analytical space when I pictured the workings of the courtroom. Imagine my surprise when, upon entering the courtroom, it is a picture of the humanity in the face of foster...