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The paranoia has always been present. It was a constant companion throughout school. From the outside, it was probably annoying. “No, Jill, everyone is not always talking about you, or thinking about you, or judging you. Amazingly, you are not at the top of everyone’s thoughts.” Then I had my first child. Postpartum anxiety hit… Read More Get Help

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Pain and Puppies

I gave back the puppy. Yes. Those five words are the hardest ones I’ve had to say lately. It begs the question, who gives back an adorable puppy? Monsters? People that hate cute and fluffy things? A few weeks ago I uttered the words I would soon grow to regret. “We’ll take a puppy!” As… Read More Pain and Puppies

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The Gift

This envelope has been haunting me for an entire year. A year ago, on Christmas Eve, we sat in the family room as my husband passed out tiny pieces of paper and envelopes. After reading from the Bible about the birth of Jesus and the ultimate gift that would follow, he encouraged us all to… Read More The Gift

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Marriage

Dear Parents of 2018, The world is full of advice on how to raise your children. Over the years, I’ve learned strategies that work for my unique children, but I will not assume to have any clue how you should parent your children. In fact, I am always amazed at the diverse way we all… Read More Marriage

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One Day

Do you know that feeling of dread when you wake up and look ahead at all you have to accomplish in a day? That’s how I felt yesterday. I have been rocking a cold for a solid week, so I’m not at the top of my game anyway. There were so many events on the… Read More One Day

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The Fab Five

A week from tonight will be the first night in eighteen years that one of my children no longer lives in my home. I know it sounds all dramatic when I write it that way, but that’s because I feel all kinds of dramatic right now. I am mostly trying to play it cool and… Read More The Fab Five

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Fully Exposed

I’m thirty pounds heavier than I’ve ever been in my life. That puts me squarely in overweight territory. I know this fact, but I am having a hard time changing my ways and shedding the pounds. I spent my first thirty eight years as a thin person, so I sometimes erroneously believe that I am… Read More Fully Exposed