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DIY Pink Flamingo Birthday Party Decorations & Free Printable Templates from This Grateful Mama

FIVE. Sunshine girl turned FIVE last month. Although we didn’t do the big party with friends this year, we still decorated for the family party. The birthday girl picked the theme. FLAMINGOS. This was not a big surprise, given her choice of a ballerina…
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Last Wednesday, our son had an allergic reaction to peanut butter. Peanut butter we gave him, knowing he may have a reaction. Wait. What? Let’s backup a bit. Our son was diagnosed with a peanut and tree nut allergy shortly after his first birthday. We…
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A mom leaves an event full of lovely women, laughter and fun only to stumble through the door at home in tears. This was me several times last week. For much of my adult life, I’ve struggled with loneliness. I’m surrounded by people – good people. But…
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Two weeks ago our four year old sunshine girl climbed the stairs of a school bus for the first time. Unexpected mom-emotions threatened to overtake me as my mind raced with thoughts of all she would experience – good and bad – while away from me. She’s…
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Hello, fall. I’ve been waiting for you. By far, Fall is my favorite time of year. This year, the Minnesota weather has been cooler than normal, so it started feeling like fall in late August. While some are still mourning the loss of summer…I am…
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Originally posted on this grateful mama: How I miss the days when all I had to do was ask what I could bring to a get-together and not have to know what was being served… Or when someone could bring anything they like best to our house. Any dessert. Any…
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Sometimes the most humbling moments as moms teach the most powerful lessons to our kids #grace

Exactly 3 days after the accident with sunshine girl’s finger and the Epi-Pen, I had another humbling experience. A speeding ticket. My first one. In the mini van. With all three kids. In the aftermath of the Epi-Pen accident, I wasn’t feeling like the…
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I love going to the store with all three children. Wait. No. Just. No.

I love going to the store with all three children. Wait. No. Just. No. While some may love shopping with a pack of squirming, squealing and wandering children, I prefer to go alone. As a stay-at-home mom of three, the likelihood of solo-shopping glory is…
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Can you believe kids are heading back to school already? For me, this summer has flown by. Are you ready?  One of my favorite things to do on the first day of school is snap a quick picture of each child with a sign telling what grade they are in. The…
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Originally posted on this grateful mama: Hello September. I can’t believe my second summer as a stay-at-home mom is finished already. Unlike last year, our mornings were free since our daughter dropped her morning nap. With no scheduled activities, we…
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