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Quarantine As A Noncustodial Mother

Quarantine As A Noncustodial Mother

The 2020 pandemic and resulting quarantine cascaded its side effects through all our homes.  While many followed mandatory orders to shelter in place, it caused a colossal question to families with children who share their time between homes.  Even as quarantine is coming to an end, the parental tug of war is still going strong for many.  Seeing a variety of outcomes for families, I thought I’d recount my experience from quarantine as a noncustodial mother. Noncustodial Motherhood From previous…

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What I’m Thankful For During Quarantine

What I’m Thankful For During Quarantine

Quarantine may be winding down for some, but for us we are still under #stayhome orders for a while. The ongoing nature of social isolation can be overbearing. Recently when we were anticipating a lift of these stay home orders, I wrote about what I was looking forward to after quarantine. However, I found myself wistfully thinking about what I’d miss at the same time. So today I’m here to document what I’m thankful for during quarantine. Just Be Slower…

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What I’m Looking Forward To After Quarantine

What I’m Looking Forward To After Quarantine

As the Covid-19 pandemic is still raging throughout the world, many of us find ourselves still sheltering safely at home. While there are some places beginning to open back up to “normal” that isn’t the case where we are. Often throughout this quarantine I found myself wishing things were different or wanting so badly to go to some places I love. So, if for no other purpose than to keep myself busy and out of the pantry for a bit,…

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Back To School As A Noncustodial Parent

Back To School As A Noncustodial Parent

Back to school time is an exciting time of year as children and families prepare for a new school year. It is filled with tours of schools, enrollment paperwork, shopping for supplies, and eager anticipation to learn about new teachers and more. Parents are often seen going through these processes with their children hand in hand. First day of school photos have become a trending feature with kids dressed their best and posing with their supplies or letterboard proclaiming their…

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Life After Losing Custody – 2019 Update

Life After Losing Custody – 2019 Update

I started this blog years ago at a time of a lot of change in my life.  Quickly it became a calming outlet to try and reach others like me.  I never thought there actually could be more like me.  In fact, I hoped there weren’t others like me.  Non-custodial mothers.  Over time it was clear I was not alone.  It was a bittersweet realization.  It caused hurt to my heart knowing too well the ailment of another mother, and…

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Being A Non-custodial Mother

Being A Non-custodial Mother

I remember the day vividly.  The day I lost custody of my little girl.  I knew it would probably end up this way, but nothing could have prepared me for being a non-custodial mother. Being a non-custodial mother is a rare breed.  So rare I thought I must be the only one.  I guess in a way I hoped I was the only one.  I would never wish this painful experience on any other mother. Alas, the world is a…

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Being a Mother From a Distance

Being a Mother From a Distance

Beginning each blog about this topic is tough.  The voices in my head strike up their noise.  How did I end up here?  Has it been going on this long?  How much longer will it be?  Will I survive it?  How will this time and distance effect my daughter?  Will she ever be able to understand?  Being a mother from a distance is the worst. Being a mother from a distance is the last thing I ever planned to do. …

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Visiting the Denver Mint

Visiting the Denver Mint

Ever collect coins as a kid?  Even in a piggy bank?  I sure did and other than the face value of my jarred contents, I never thought more of it.  Visiting the Denver Mint changed all that.  If you’ve ever considered visiting the Denver Mint or just wondered how money is made, add Visiting the Denver Mint to your list. There is so much artistry and thought to coin creation.  Yes, it is quite an art!  I look at our…

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I Don’t Want To Grow Up, Without Toys “R” Us

I Don’t Want To Grow Up, Without Toys “R” Us

“I don’t want to grow up, I’m a Toys “R” Us kid.” If you’re like me, you grew up with this jingle. You looked forward to seeing Geoffrey the giraffe on the commercials advertising the new toy topping your wish list. Going to Toys “R” Us was comparable to Disneyland with the joy and excitement only a place full of toys could bring. You’re also now totally heartbroken your children will not have this same experience throughout their childhood. Toys…

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How To Clean A Chi Hair Dryer

How To Clean A Chi Hair Dryer

Have you ever heard the saying wash your hands and say your prayers because Jesus and germs are everywhere?  I love that because it is so true.  And, truth be told, the same goes for dust.  It is everywhere and no one wants it there.  I am grateful to live in a climate with much less dust than my previous city, but of course dust knows no boundaries.  It shows up in surprising places sometimes and though it seem innocuous,…

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