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This Is What Prince Harry And Meghan Markle’s Baby Wil

Looks like we have another royal wedding in our future, and you know what that means: more ROYAL BABIES. While Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have onl ...

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You’ve Got To Be Sh*tting Me?the Best Poop Stories

Photo: iStockphoto ?My newborn daughters? sh*t did not stink. Its smell was reminiscent of popcorn. After introducing solid foods though, their poops ...

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Why Some Kids Hate The Bath And What To Do About It

Most parents have had bath-time struggles with their kids at some point. Whether it?s a problem transitioning from playtime to bath time, fear theyâ� ...

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Printable School Supplies Checklist

Download or print this school supplies list to make sure your kids have everything they need for back to school. Read more: 27 new and novel school ...

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A Marvelous Mother's Day Weekend

Previously, I wrote about how we have had some challenges this year with Faith\'s health. Those challenges persisted as she came down with influenza B ...

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2024 So Far: Blessings and Challenges

This year has certainly been a mix of blessings and challenges. Faith kicked off the New Year by getting another UTI. Along with that, she somehow man ...

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A Blessed Christmas Season

Some people start their Christmas season the day after Thanksgiving. Not us! We actually wait until about the second week of December, when we go to t ...

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Quick Trip with the Parents to Pembina Gorge

When my dad told me he\'d like to see Pembina Gorge sometime, I told him I had never heard of it. (I don\'t feel bad as I know many other North Dakota ...

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No Longer a Teenager

Last week on the 25th, Faith celebrated her 20th birthday, which means she is no longer a teenager! That morning as we drove to her day program, she a ...

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A Wonderful Weekend Getaway

This past weekend, Faith and I both got to experience the Medora Musical together - for the first time ever! We went with my dad and sister. The ...

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Faith's Fun-Filled 4th

Faith and I had the best 4th of July ever! We started the day bright and early to go to the parade in Mandan. We haven\'t been there for many years, s ...

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Dance, Dance, Dance!

Faith loves going to plays, musicals, ballet performances, and other events in which her friends perform. When she was younger, I thought attending th ...

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Faith's First Extended Hospital Stay

It\'s hard to believe that Faith is 19 years old and has never had a major illness or extended hospital stay since she was in the NICU. The only other ...

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Faith's Fun Birthday Week

Yes, it\'s true that Faith has been celebrating her birthday ever since last week! I mean, a girl only turns 19 once, right" And this is the last offi ...

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3 Big Events All In One Week

Here it is the first day of August and one thing is certain: last month was a busy one! Both Faith and I had some important appointments, plus she had ...

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One Year Ago: My Trip to Mayo

Today I thought it was quite fitting that on my one year anniversary of my new pacemaker, I was wearing a 24-hour Holter monitor! It\'s not because I\ ...

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Faith's "Best Party Ever!"

When I had asked Faith a while back what she wanted to do for a graduation party, she told me, "a day at the park." I knew it was a little risky pl ...

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Historic Blizzard Keeps Us Stuck Inside All Week

A snowy Century Ave. Last Tuesday at this time, most of North Dakota was getting blasted with a historic blizzard that lasted 3 days. We have experien ...

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Our First-Ever Sister Weekend Getaway!

Just recently I was able to go away for the weekend - for fun! For the first time in 18 years, I was able to travel to another city, stay overnight, a ...

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Ready for Summer (And Some Rain)

Every year in May, Faith and I run into the same problem. It\'s hard to focus on school this time of the year! I know most families are probably in th ...

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Faith's New Van

Finally, on November 4th, the day the elevator in our building was fixed, I was able to take Faith downstairs so she could check out her new van! It h ...

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October: A Memorable Month and Birthday

Oh. My. Goodness. What a month! It\'s certainly been challenging, but thankfully there were a few bright spots to help us through. At the very end of ...

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New Wheels For Faith

Faith in her "new" van in 2011It was back in August of 2011 that we got our first accessible van. Before that, we had a purple special needs car seat ...

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A Cold But Fun Filled October

As I\'m writing this blog post, it is currently 25 degrees outside. With the windchill, it feels more like 12 degrees. That\'s cold for October. Even ...

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CHD Awareness Week: My Heart Story

Grandma Dorothy holding me at 5 months of ageIn February, 1974 when my mom took me home from the hospital, she thought she had a perfectly healthy bab ...

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My Top 32 Inspirational Memes of 2018

At the beginning of 2018 I had come up with the idea to post an inspirational meme for every day of the year. I called it #365DaysOfInspiration. Part ...

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Our Shining Star

I know I have said this many times before, but I can\'t reiterate how thankful we are for the Inspire homeschooling group that Faith joined. Not only ...

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Faith's Thankful List 2018

In the past when Faith and I have done her annual Thankful List, I would write down the items as she told them to me. This year, I thought it would be ...

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Summer Highlights

Summer. It sure doesn\'t last long in North Dakota. And since Faith started school earlier this week, I figured it was a great day to reminisce about ...

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A Fun and Festive December

This December has definitely been a fun and festive one for our family! Normally we don\'t get too crazy over the holidays, but this year we did a few ...

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Cari Jean's Thankful List 2017

On Facebook this month, I did a #30DaysOfThankfulness and posted each day what I am thankful for. I wanted to compile my complete list in one spot - s ...

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Faith's Thankful List 2017

For the past couple of years, I have posted Faith\'s thankful list on Thanksgiving.Before I get to her list, I just want to say how very thankful I am ...

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Faith's Fourteenth Birthday

Last year I had a tough time getting used to the idea that my daughter had somehow turned into a teenager. This year, I\'m having a hard time believin ...

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Happy Belated Anniversary to Us!

We got married on Rosh Hashanah (which is the Jewish New Year). So because our day wasn\'t going so well on the 7th of September, which is the day we ...

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Sadly Saying Goodbye To Summer

I?m not usually one to want summer to linger. And yes, I get that as a North Dakotan, this does make me a little strange. Usually, I cannot wait for ...

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Faith Loves Immersed Night of Worship

It can be hard for Faith to try new things. She loves routine, which makes it hard to adjust to change. While that?s true for many us, it can be nearl ...

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Faith's Summer So Far

Despite the fact summer officially began only a few days ago, for us, it feels like it actually began in May. Since we\'ve begun to have such wonderfu ...

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An Unexpected Hospital Stay at the Mayo Clinic

At the end of March, I found myself heading east on I-94 with my parents, leaving my husband and daughter behind. An hour into our trip, my husband c ...

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Birthday Fun!

FUN FACT: Did you know that on any given day of the year, 17.7 million people around the world are celebrating a birthday"In my immediate family, my b ...

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Holidays, Snow, and Saying Hello to 2017

It\'s hard to believe but the holidays have come and gone and once again we\'re saying hello to another new year. Honestly, I\'m NOT going to miss 20 ...

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Faith's Thankful List 2016

Every year I try to get Faith to come up with a thankful list so that we can remember what Thanksgiving Day is all about. But really, though, Faith is ...

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Faith Turns 13!

Faith turned 13 on October 25th. We celebrated her milestone birthday a week ago today at my parents house, which has become the official family party ...

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Walking by Faith Not by Sight

Ever since I began this blog (back in 2009), I\'ve always had the faith verse from Hebrews 11:1 on the header. But as of late, I feel the passage fro ...

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I Believe in Miracles

Twelve years ago in late April, we were given the dreaded news that our daughter had spastic quadriplegia - the most debilitating form of cerebral pal ...

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RENEW at 42!

For the past couple of years instead of making New Year\'s resolutions, I have instead chosen just one word to focus on throughout the year. (I got th ...

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Joh to the Rescue - A Birthday Story

One of Faith\'s favorite things to do is call her Auntie Johanna (Joh for short) and listen to her cat, Ruby purr over the phone. (Faith also likes to ...

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My 10 Favorite Photos of 2015

At the end of the year, I usually do a "Year in Review." This year, however I decided to do something a little bit different. After poring over photos ...