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I’m a lot like my dad.  Well, at least when it comes to some things.  Growing up I spent many weekends driving to races, making poster board signs of encouragement, and planning out a detailed map of a race route, perfectly timed to arrive there based on his estimated pacing for that mile marker.  At every race I watched, I couldn’t help but get goosebumps of excitement as I waited to watch my dad pass by. I admired him and all the fellow runners by his side as I witnessed them each achieving something great.  Most of these races were...

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“I will never be like that” I thought to myself as a sat there quietly smiling and nodding as a parent at a conference rattled off the busy schedule of sports’ practices, games, activities and other such obligations filling her daughter’s schedule.  At the time, I only had two kids, and they were still little, not even school age.  As a fifth grade teacher I was blown away by the hectic schedules my students’ kept, the limitless excuses for homework not being complete because of it, and just in awe, and not in a good way, that a ten year...

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Three kids.  Teacher.  Stay at home mom (yes, I wanted both somehow). A nice house with a circular driveway. Married to JTT or Taylor Hanson, either 90’s heart throb would do.  This list.  This is the list that young Holly would have written down if you asked her what she wanted when she grew up.  It’s funny to look back and think about how the dreams we have when we are young play out in the future.  I am happy to say that even as a young kid I definitely knew what I wanted.  Well mostly.  I’m lucky I did...

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I purchased a book for the boys called “365 days of One Question a Day.”  I thought it would be a fun way to look back on their thoughts and responses a few years down the road.  Graham loves to look at family videos and reflect back on the past, so I figured this would be a great way to remember their likes/dislikes/thoughts on things as they grow up.  Of course when I added this to my Amazon cart, a recommendation for the book “365 days of Questions for Couples” came up and I thought, “James will just love this”...

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The contrast between the two experiences was almost astonishing.  My life with Jaden when he was a newborn, me a new mom, versus life with Jax as a newborn and third time mom.  The contrast I am speaking of has nothing to do with the difference in the wisdom gained between first and third, the colicky babe versus the easy going one, the quantity and exponential growth of the laundry loads over the years, instead it actually has to do with me and my social life, but not in the way you might suspect.  James and I were married right...

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