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Rachel Aichele
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Foster Care and Adoption Movies
A while ago, I was going through my old emails and found the contents of a post I wrote a lifetime ago.  In my former life, I was on the road to parenthood through adoption from the foster care system.  I learned a lot on this journey, and one of the resour...

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On becoming real
Being "not-the-mama" hurts sometimes.  A lot. And it's not the stepkids that shell out the worst of it. It's the mom at the park who chats pleasantly until she learns that I'm the stepmom, then quickly ushers her kids away.  It's the husband's ex who is hap...

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Young Art
We made an awesome discovery on our most recent trip to the mall… Young Art .  These people do drop-in art lessons for the kids.  Their customer service was awesome and they completely drew the kids in.  Bonus: Tom and I got a few minutes to do some of our ...

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Response to Blessings, Curses and Quantum Physics
Since it wouldn't fit on Facebook…Response to Blessings, Curses and Quantum Physics "Words are powerful."  Absolutely!  I don't know anyone who believes the childhood saying, "sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me."  We all have...

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8 Year Old's Poetry
Recently, EJ has become obsessed with Phantom of the Opera.  She has a voice that can hit those notes too!  After watching a recording of the play about 3 times, she asked me to take dictation while she sang her own song.  She was expecting me to get down t...

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A Stepmom's Vows
My favorite part of our wedding was reading my vows to the kids.  Tom and I used the standard vows supplied by our church for each other, but we wanted the kids to be included because this was just as big of a change for them.  I found some other people's v...

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When I grow up...
At this point in our lives, my step kids and I spend a lot of time together…in the car…driving between home and school about 45 minutes away.  We're getting to know each other in this dull and confined space.  Sometimes they just fall asleep, but usually th...

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Rosacea
I don't have great skin.  Actually, my skin is pretty awesome everywhere except the one place where it really seems to matter…my face.  I had acne when I was a teenager, and then during my 20's it developed into something worse.  I was able to deal with it ...

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Snowboarding
My husband is amazingly kinesthetically gifted.  He has an innate knowledge of his body and can coordinate his movements fluidly.  He picks up on technique easily and applies it in a broad range of sports.  But, he is also patient.  He is able to explain th...

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Broken
This is a response to a post in a friend's blog , which I could just not leave alone today. At a recent gathering of evangelical Christians, we sang a song in which one verse focused on God’s desire that we be broken. I say, “We sang,” but I didn’t sing tha...
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