Category: Lipstick & Pearls

Parenting lessons simply never end

Our family recently gathered to celebrate my oldest?s birthday. She?s 4. Already. It?s one of those ?time goes by so quickly? situations that totally caught me off guard. My little 6 pound, 1 ounce baby girl who wore preemie clothes for the first weeks of her life is now one year away from 5. And one year away from kindergarten. […]

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Head bonk a cure for mommy guilt

Have you ever had one of those days where everything is just a little off? You wake up a few inches to the left. You run three minutes late to everything. You misjudge the proximity to which you are standing in relation to your kitchen counter, bend down and whap your forehead. Oh wait, that was probably just me. But […]

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Being super takes a lot of practice

As a mom, I always imagined I would be at the top of my game when it comes to protecting my girls. With the medical history of our oldest, including lab-work, hospital stays and surgery, my husband and I have become adept at overprotectiveness regarding her health. We?ve had practice holding her through her pain and tears. And we?ve hidden […]

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Select a word for the year ahead

The New Year is no longer new. And the transition to 2012 was probably pretty uneventful for most. Remnants of any celebrations have long-since been cleared. In fact, trash from one of the world?s largest New Year?s parties?Times Square in New York City?is cleared well before dawn, leaving one to wonder if up to 1 million people ever really rang […]

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Introspection a gift for this season

During a time where the world around me races at a frantic pace?shopping, baking, partying, wrapping, unwrapping?I find myself quietly reflective. It?s not that I haven?t been participating in outward Christmas tidings; quite the opposite. Our family has been thoroughly involved in decking the halls and spreading goodwill toward men. In fact, by the time you read this, I will […]

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A child is what it is…right?

As I sit to write this, it is late Monday afternoon. And for those of you halfway familiar with the Free Press schedule, you know what Mondays are. Press day. Deadline day. Have- your-stuff-turned-in day. Monday afternoon is not the time to be sitting down to write my column. And yet, here I am. In my defense, I didn?t forget […]

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I am the face…of pregnancy loss

Have you noticed the large quantity of ?awareness? campaigns taking place on a daily/weekly/monthly basis? For the benefit of this column, I did. And let me tell you, Wikipedia has quite the list. For instance, did you know that only January and December (according to the list) are void of awareness events? Or, that on top of Women?s History Month, […]

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?Another day? is another miracle

A year ago, Sept. 27, 2010, shortly after 11 a.m., I found myself sitting alone in a bathroom stall at KU Medical Center. With joyful tears, I silently praised the Author of Life for giving me another day with my then 2-year-old daughter. At that moment, ?another day? was not assumed, but viewed as a very precious gift. Roll back […]

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Gaining wisdom a life-long journey

In the 1990s, PBS aired re-runs of Michael Landon?s ?Little House on the Prairie.? As an elementary school student during those years, I honestly had no idea the shows were re-runs. But I?m guessing I wouldn?t have cared. Every day, the bus dropped my sister and me off at the top of our driveway with just enough time to spare […]

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‘Most days’ is as normal as it gets

A few short years ago, before officially becoming a mom, I listened politely as other moms relayed stories to me. Pregnancies, especially first pregnancies, seem to bring out an abundance of solicited and unsolicited advice. In my case, it was about 10 percent solicited and 90 percent unsolicited. Nevertheless, advice I got. ?Sleep while the baby sleeps.? (If you have […]

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