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August turned one 3 months ago. It was a wonderful birthday party full of friends at the public pool near our house. Splashing, playing and eating abounded and not a single meltdown was to be had (adult or child!).

He had his 12 month appointment on his birthday, and his stats were […]

Mom Groups

Before I had August when people would mention “Mom Groups” I would shudder. Immediately the thoughts that came to mind were hoards of unsolicited advice, alternative remedies, keeping up with the Joneses and a whole lot of “Well I did it that way, and my kid is fine!” but what I came across, during my pregnancy couldn’t have been further from that image. […]

The Little Things

A lot of times parents with older kids give out gobs of unsolicited advice. It’s with the best of intentions, or at least that’s what I tell myself to stay sane. I hear parents tell me to write all of this down because it’s so easy to forget, and before we know it […]

Spring – Thursday Things

“Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade.”
– Charles Dickens –

Here is a list of my favorite things about Midwestern Spring which I never in a million years believed I’d ever miss when I first moved to Florida in 2011. Now that we’ve been back in Illinois for just over a year […]

I Fed A Troll

Yesterday, I made a mistake.

I fed a troll.

Martin and I had just woken up, and I was casually scrolling through Facebook, while checking the morning’s happenings and any newsworthy events we should know before we started our day, when I came across a meme […]

Spinning Plates

On March 31st, Martin and I will celebrate our one-year anniversary closing on our house, which is super incredible! I think back to the uncertainty, while we packed in Florida and all the plates that were spinning: […]

The Boys’ Dad – Thursday Things

Folks, I’m here with another installment of Thursday Things. This week has been a tough one, because the world lost someone amazing. He’s been in quite a few posts I’ve written, in fact, I’ve only ever referred to him as “The Boy’s Dad” here on Hopeful Midwesterner. So today’s Thursday Things are dedicated to you […]

“I can’t breathe”

Trigger warning ahead: violence and foul language

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After college, I lived in an apartment on the north side of the city, with my all-star roommates, (please read the sarcasm there) we’ll call them Elizabeth and Jessica. We were fortunate enough to have some outstanding downstairs neighbors. (Please read the additional sarcasm utterly dripping from there, too.) […]

My Birth

I’ve been told the story of my birth, my grand entrance into this world, by countless people throughout my life. You see, I was the first grandchild on both my Mom and Dad’s side. I was kind of a big deal…

“What are you having?”

“What are you having?”

“Is it a boy or a girl?”

“Do you know if it’s a boy or a girl yet?”

“When do you find out if it’s a girl or a boy?”

“What do you think it is? A boy or a girl?”

“Which one do you want? A girl or a boy?” […]