Author Archive | Emily

imperfect life

Three Things I’m Quitting Now

While doing some introspection recently (read: driving with all three kids buckled in the back seats actually being quiet), I identified some unhealthy patterns that I had gotten caught up in. In fact, subconsciously I knew they were lingering and I really needed to do something about them. There is never a better time to […]

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neighbors as friends

Neighborly Love

When we moved into our house six years ago, one of our biggest questions was “what will our neighbors be like?” Since that time, we have come to know the people who share our street quite well and cannot be more thankful to now call them friends. They don’t just share a cup of milk […]

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Life after pregnancy loss

Life After Pregnancy Loss

As I begin, I first want to offer my sincere sympathy to those who know the searing pain of pregnancy loss. It’s completely tragic, devastating and leaves the heart longing for what might have been. I personally know this gut-wrenching pain and have come alongside loved ones as they too have walked down this painful […]

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family bond

A Letter to My Oldest Child

To my oldest child, I’ve been thinking and I have something I just have to get off my chest. We’ve never really talked about this before but its been eating at me for a while. I hope you understand how much I love you and always have your best interest in mind. Now that you’re […]

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Hudsonville IC_running

A Sweet Birthday with Hudsonville Ice Cream

In my family, birthdays are a big deal. My children spend months counting down to their special day building anticipation and creating excitement for a magical celebration. Fortunately, they don’t have elaborate expectations. Rather, they truly enjoy a fun theme, a special dessert and time amongst family and friends. Ok, and they definitely love receiving […]

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gluten-free treats

Get Your Gluten-Free Sugar Fix in Columbus

I think it’s safe to say that gluten-free eating is here to stay. Either by choice or due to allergy or intolerance, choosing a gluten-free lifestyle is a growing trend. For health reasons, I’ve been eating gluten-free for over five years and it’s amazing to see how the market continues to grow. In fact, according […]

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more mom less hustle

More Mom, Less Hustle

Mom Hustle. It’s a popular hashtag and frequently used term. Doing all the things while also being mom. While yes, sometimes the mom hustle is required and even necessary for survival, it can make for a tough way to live long term. My husband just returned from a seven-day trip overseas and truly the mom […]

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roles as a mom

Ten Mom Skills I Never Knew I Had

Can you ever truly be prepared for motherhood? There are no instructions, no guide books and no courses to enroll in to equip us with the skills required to be a mom. Furthermore, there is no job description or details for what the role entails. Being a mother is straight up on the job training. […]

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Am I where I want to be

Am I Where I Want To Be?

The combination of a New Year and a January birthday always brings me to a place of introspection. I just love the hope that comes with a fresh start and the excitement of new adventures to come. Amidst all of the ambition, I also find myself pondering my place in life.  I remember distinctly completing […]

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kindness of strangers

A Few Good Men

Driving home from preschool pickup, the battery light illuminated on my dash and the car began to smell as if it were burning. Shortly after, my SUV completely stopped working in the middle of the road. I found myself and three young children in an inoperable vehicle in heavy traffic. I got out and opened […]

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