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I’m Thinking About A Miracle on My

So yeah. It’s my birthday today. But ever since a certain soul slipped into the world five years ago yesterday, I’m usually thinking about her this time of year. Some of you may remember one of my very best friends, Karen, who used to grace the Moms Without Blogs space fairly regularly. That was when I had more energy and I would bug my mom without blogs friends to use this space for their creative musings.  Now, I can barely organize myself to keep on a regular writing schedule so I’ve given up on trying to coerce my friends. But they know they are...
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The Truth About Dads and Their Little Gi

Written by Karen, a mom without a blog I am a mother of daughters. I had three little brothers much younger than me growing up and I always knew I would eventually be a perfect mother of sons what with all of my experience! Right? But no, it was not meant to be. Not only did I marry a man who had a daughter from a previous marriage (it should have been a hint), but once, twice, three times I pushed out a baby – a girl! My world is girly, dramatic, emotional, sweet and beautiful. I wouldn’t change it for ANYTHING. My husband is a DEVOTED father of daughters. He...
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Mother’s Little Helpers: A Story o

Okay. I love my friend Karen. For so many reasons. And after reading this post, I love her even more. For always telling like it is and for being so willing to share her struggle and her soul in this space. I hope you take the time to read her post. Written by Karen, a mom without a blog What’s a mom to do when she can’t help herself? It was one of the worst pains I think I’ve ever felt, save for childbirth. It was this searing, clenching, doubled-over kind of pain. It squeezed my heart and absolutely took my breath away. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the first...
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My Life/Her Life Before My Eyes

Written by Karen, a mom without a blog This past weekend, I had the absolute privilege to watch my oldest daughter perform one of the leads in her middle school play. Nothing does a parent prouder than seeing your offspring shine on stage. You’d think that watching her and feeling my heart swell with pride would be one of those seriously defining moments of parenthood… Well, you’d be right… but not in the way you might think. That moment just got the ball rolling… To give perspective, you have to travel back in time with me a bit and realize that I was not...
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Does God listen to reality show contesta

She’s a regular around here whether she likes it or not. Our friendship is actually surviving although I’m forcing her to write for me on this blog.  Karen is wrapping up this diverse week over at MWOB so check out her post and we’d love to hear what you think….is God listening? Last weekend, my teenage daughter and I watched a backlog of recorded “American Idol” episodes then topped it off with recent “Amazing Race” episodes. In incredibly intense moments, some people will resort to anything to get a leg up on the competition….even...
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The Mosh-Pit Conundrum

She’s back!!  My dear friend, Karen, MWOB extraordinaire, beautiful mama, and incredible writer. Kicking off the week with a MWOB guest blogger makes my heart happy. Enjoy Karen’s unique perspective and don’t forget to show her some comment love.   I’ve been in the midst of some real-life conundrums (yes, conundrums – a beloved word passed down from my beloved father). The kind of conundrums that keep the wheels turning in your head while you automatically go through the chores of the day and place your replies to your kids on autopilot so as...
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Blogger Intervention

She’s back.  Karen, a lifelonger for me, and mama to miracle child Penni, could not help but jot these thoughts down yesterday after checking in at MWOB and seeing Mission Monday up and running.   Welcome back Karen and I’m thanking God for this guest post because my hand is still recovering from typing that epic TBT post.     Is there such thing as a blogger intervention? There seems to be blogger everything else. I know I’ve written a couple ditties for my friend Lee’s brainchild that is MWOB, but I still believe myself to be a complete...
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I’m fried.

Whew.   I’m so whacked out tired from this whole week of Monday thru Friday.  But I muster up some energy to write a few reflections: Thanks to all of you who took the time to read the story of Karen and Penni.  As a close friend who observed the journey from Los Angeles, (yes, the lame city that probably would not have rallied around Karen in her time of need and no, I did not take her comment personally), I can say that being a distant witness to such an emotionally-draining situation was difficult.   I’ll never forget what Karen’s voice sounded...
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PART ONE – Torn in Two

(To get the whole scoop on what’s up with MWOB this week, read here.  If you already know, I proudly present Part One of our guest blogger mini-series.  By Karen.) As we approach the traditional American family holiday of Thanksgiving, I must reveal that this is an especially poignant time for my little family. This time three years ago, we were in the midst of the most trying time of our lives. Our youngest daughter was born November 14, 2005 with what was considered to be a fatal birth defect. It is at this time of the year where we often find ourselves...
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Palin Prodigy

One week ago tonight we were a country on edge waiting to cast our votes in the “most important election of our time.”   Karen, my dear friend and inadequate mom extraordinaire, can dish some serious political chitter chat.  We at MWOB are simply thrilled to have her back so soon for another guest blog.  Here’s Karen: I know what you’re thinking… is she seriously going to bring politics into the sacred pages that is Moms Without Blogs? Isn’t this site supposed to be a haven from the divisiveness that discussions of politics and Palin can bring?...

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