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Respect for a 6 year old

As my grandson and I were leaving my house for the daily trip to his school, he asked me if I knew how my garage door opener worked.

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Must Give Gifts for Grandkids

The "buying season" is here for parents and grandparents.

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Mugs Half Full: Election Hope

Sometimes the world can be scary… especially around election time. No matter what side you're on, though, one thing's clear: You've got to have hope. Caffeine… and hope.

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Old Muscles Can Still Hug

Turning 60 didn’t bother me. It was kind of like achieving an adult merit badge.

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The Great Between Time

Ah, Fall. Pictures are more whimsical, coffee tastes better…  and you don't get quite so sweaty when you wear jeans. Fill up your mug and enjoy the season with this month's Mugs Half Full!

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Does Family Raise Your Blood Pressure

Recently I had a health scare when my blood pressure shot up over 200 with no real warning. After a few trips to the emergency room and a new group of medicines, I am happy to report that I am back on track.

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Mugs Half Full: Hard Knocks, Soft Boiled

When you're wrangling kids, meals, and life in general, even the seemingly simple meals can be catastrophic. (You should probably stock up on cereal.)

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The Value of a Dollar

My kindergarten grandson is money-motivated. He is also very fishing-focused.

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Mugs Half Full: A Narrowing Gap

Little kids can run you ragged, but at least their questions are fairly easy to answer. Join the mugs moms and fill up your cup with whatever you need to get you through these next few years!

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A Day in Our Family's Life with a Special Needs Child

There always seems to be activities, school functions, sports, church activities, etc. Adding in a child with special needs often makes things a little more interesting.

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Rediscovering the Little Girl Grandma

Just the other day my youngest grandson was trying to learn to blow a whistle. To my delight, he had an Oscar Meyer® Weiner Whistle!

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Finding Myself with Kids

Children can often take over the lives of a family. There are so many activities, school events, play dates, and other scheduled tasks involved with having children.

When your child has special needs, this is only magnified. We have therapy appointments, school meetings, doctor appointments, specialist appointments, trips to the pharmacy, phone calls with insurance providers and supply companies just to name a few of the things that fill our time during the day. At night, our time is filled with finishing feedings, applying monitors and machines, and managing a child that has difficulty sleeping.

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Surprising Thoughts of an Almost-Kindergartener

My oldest grandson is just about to enter kindergarten. I look back on these 5+ years and time has just zoomed by.

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Family Travel Tips

Summer in our house means vacation time. We love traveling, spending time together as a family, and hiking as much as we can. Our favorite places to visit are the National Parks where we work with the kids on Junior Ranger badges and see the beautiful sights. 

Traveling with kids always presents some interesting situations though, and adding in a special needs child makes it all a little more interesting. Here are a few things we have learned traveling with our kids.

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Strawberry Picking

There are few things I like to do in the summer more than take the kids strawberry picking. We spend the day combing fields looking for delicious, ripe berries and alternate plopping them into buckets and our mouths.

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