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JessicaSowards

Sing Your Song

The earliest memory I have of singing was in my bedroom closet before I’d even started preschool. I’d asked for one thing for Christmas,…

JessicaSowards

The Land of What-If

Being a parent is terrifying. I used to live in so much fear that something awful would happen to my kids. Every news story…

Jessica

The World Inside a Seed

Years ago, when my oldest son Jackson was around six years old, my husband asked him what he thought I might like for my…

Jessica

Beautiful Dreamers

I often wake up in the night. Usually around 3 a.m., with no alarm screaming and no child tugging on my bed covers, I…

Sowards

The Glass House

For the majority of my life, in one way or another, I have kept a written record. It started in a sparkly, Lisa Frank…

HolidayTraditions

Happy Holiday Traditions

Holiday traditions are a fun way for families to bond and create fond memories. The traditions you and your family choose are limited only…

CraigStrickland

Caught in the Storm

It was the evening of December 27, 2015, when I received the call asking if I’d heard from my twenty-nine-year-old son Craig. I knew…

Stoney

Don’t Blink

I squeezed Abby tight. She’s normally not much of a hugger, but this day, I just didn’t care. I held her for just a…

FallFestivals

Fall, Festivals, Fun!

All over our great state, leaves are a kaleidoscope of red, orange, yellow and gold. The temps are getting cooler, and fall festivals are…