Dear Kindergarten Teacher

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I am sorry to report that my son will be absent on the first day of school this year. You may not realize it, but his name is glaringly absent from your current... READ MORE

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