Category: Lipstick & Pearls

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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Exposure led to change of direction

When my husband and I named our daughters, we put a lot of thought into it. We made sure our girls didn?t have any awkward initial combinations?PBJ, for instance. We avoided weird names like Pilot Inspektor?seriously, that?s the name of actor Jason Lee?s son. Yikes! And we wanted traditional names with a twist. I think we succeeded with Gracelyn and […]

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Ectopic pregnancy is a shared hurt

It?s safe to say the world runs on shared experience (and maybe caffeine). Business deals are made through a passion for paper goods. Politicians are elected on hot-button topics the public relates to. Relationships are built and maintained over a love for music. But by far, for me, the most obvious form of shared experience is my two lovely children […]

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