Dragonfly

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Since I lost Bennett, dragonflies have become very special to me. I found the following story shortly after his death, and it played a part in helping to heal my broken heart. Down... READ MORE

Trapper Keeper

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It’s back to school shopping time. When I was in grammar school, I remember heading out to the office supply store with a few very important items on my mind — Hello Kitty... READ MORE

Supply Lists

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The supply list asks for 6 packages of sharpened #2 Ticonderoga pencils with erasers (shared) Yes, Ticonderoga is in bold print to emphasize the brand name. Supply lists send me into a panic... READ MORE

Brown Bag Superstar

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Packing lunch for eight children can be quite the challenge. Each of my children have very strong opinions, so I need to get a little creative in the kitchen. The ordinary PB&J just... READ MORE

Preschool Ninja Warrior

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This kids are big fans of American Ninja Warrior. Don’t be surprised, if in a few years, you see some Swartvagher kids overtaking the course. Katie is already training and coaching the little... READ MORE

Batman

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Emilie pulled back the curtains and there he was sleeping on the window frame in my dining room. We had a bat in our house once before, when Evan was a baby. This... READ MORE

Fierce

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“Though she be but little, she is fierce.” -William Shakespeare,¬†A Midsummer Night Dream   This kid of mine, she wants to fly. When Katie was 18 months old, I was nursing a newborn... READ MORE