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Dear Dad, I write to you not only as your daughter, but as one of many daughters who know the unique intricacies of the lessons only their fathers could teach them. I write to you because out of every helping hand I have received in this world, you receive the least amount of credit and praise for the things you do. You've always stood back and let me shine, only stepping in when I call for you knowing you can't be more than a short distance away. It's time I use these words to pull you and every other remarkable father into the light you so deserve to be seen in. It's time that light radiates on the genuine and extraordinary love only you could have shown me. A father teaches his daughter many lessons about what it means to truly love and experience this life. One of the most...
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I Am Angry. I have done everything for my daughter from her first haircut, potty training, pageant, day at dance, school, etc. The only first you truly have had with my daughter is her first year of life. Do you ever sit and think to yourself how selfish you truly are? Do you even realize the damage you have done not just to my daughter, but to your other children and family members? Do you continue to sit and blame my husband and me for your absence in my daughter’s life? Is it an easier way to explain to others why she is not around? Does it make you feel better to lie to everyone? Can we get something straight we took you to court for a reason. We gave you many warnings and you thought it was all a game. You were on a self-destructive path and hanging around the wrong people and...
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I spent this night shivering and laughing under a clear, cold sky full of stars with people I love just to witness something beautiful. We mooned the moon and laughed ourselves hoarse, and I'm so incredibly grateful for every silly second. I came to a realization this year that I feel compelled to share here, for whomsoever may need it: Avoiding fear, sadness or anger is not the same thing as being happy. I live my sadness every day, but I don't resent it anymore. Instead, I do it now so that the wonderful moments of joy I do find are not in order to forget, but to inhabit and enjoy for their own sake. It's not easy. In fact, I'd say it takes much more effort to consciously do than it does to just stay sad, but with all my heart, I cannot tell you how worth it it is. And for those...
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As seen in Mamalode Dear Bubbe, I never intended to do it; really. One second it was a quivering icon, the next it was gone. Just. Like. Magic. Honestly, it brought on a smile. I’m not trying to be mean. Chalk it up to a Mommy epiphany, a moment of clarity. The day I deleted Minecraft, I liberated myself and you of a virtual, addictive burden. Pressing that shaky, little X ushered you back to real life. That made me happy. In the beginning, I was a fan. Compared to the other choices the video game world has to offer, I could see why you wanted to tap the piggy bank to invest in one that requires players to scavenge for resources, earn survival treasure, design landscapes, construct villages, and defend against intruders. As a lifelong rock collector, forager of...
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17 year old marriages are few and far between these days, and for mine I am extremely grateful and lucky. Our courtship of nine months and first three months of marriage were heaven on Earth. But then Uncle Sam decided that they wanted my "cooperation" and could not take "no thank you" for an answer. That is when the "for better or worse" clause kicked in, and my innocent wife began enduring a life of hell on Earth. A law abiding Canadian girl who never even got a parking ticket before was now seeing and feeling the ugly fear and intimidation of a corrupt government. Where and how we met was very special but that story is a book or movie material. We both knew we were meant to meet on that fateful day abroad. It started with nasty calls that threatened to kill our family when she was...
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My sweet Kiera, Now that I've brought you back to school after lunchtime, it's finally sinking in, your actually in school!! There's are so many emotions today.. I'm so happy, proud and excited for you. But, not too long ago there was a time when I didn't know if I would get to do this special thing with you, and I'm so thankful that I am. As nervous as I am, I know you're ready, I know you'll jump into school with the same excitement, curiosity and energy that you approach life with. School is going to teach you so much, you're going to make so many friends, how could you not? You're funny, out-going, compassionate and kind. You amaze me every single day. I hope you learn to love books like me and your Aunt Kassandra, books can be your best friends at times. I hope you learn...
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Mom to Brooklyn, Cruz, Harper and Romeo Being a mother is simply the greatest achievement of my life. It has taken me on an unexpected journey that can constantly surprise, educate and confuse me! The emotional connection I feel towards my children brings boundless elation and joy as well as the inevitable worry and concern. They are a wonder to me every day. From a teenage son through to a toddler daughter, each moment of every day is filled with different energies, activities, feelings and a lot of comedy. From playing sport to lounging on the sofa, each of my children fill every second with laughter, music and discussion. They are kind hearted and well-mannered and have incredibly enquiring minds, and I feel incredibly blessed to be surrounded by these phenomenal human beings...
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I remember when I decided it was time to have a baby, yes that's right....I. I say that because it was more of a decision for me than him. I have an older daughter and was scared of starting over with different obstacles. I think the most exciting part throughout the process was thinking I am totally having a girl, end of story. My husband said "oh no, it will be a boy", and we joked with one another a lot over what the sex would be. The reason I am writing this is to beg parents to not focus on the sex of their baby and get their hopes up which can lead to a lot of negative emotions. I was so persuaded that he (yes I had a boy) would be a girl that we already had a girl name picked out, although it was mainly because we agreed on the name. I don't recall focusing too much on boy names....
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Good Day Everyone, I know that life is hard for a majority of people today. I am no exception to that category. And by no means am I slamming anyone else's hardship or unfortunate circumstances. For we all are hurting and I truly wish I could alleviate other peoples worries and fears about making ends meet. Because I know how that feeling sits in the pit of your stomach making life unbearable at times. My letter is just to bring attention to all the companies out there that have no heart, or soul for that matter, that push their customers to the breaking point. Yes there is a choice to procure service with you Verizon, AT...
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Dear Tig, Here’s a list of things for which I want to apologize: 1. I’m sorry for every time I loop your leash around the doorknob and hurriedly say, “Two minutes! I’m going to take you outside in two minutes!” Because I am not going to do that. You know, as you watch me struggling to get the baby into the carrier, realizing that he’s not wearing socks and also that he’s just wet himself, that it is going to be closer to fifteen minutes. Possibly 20 minutes. Once in a while, forty minutes goes by and you sit, patiently waiting, attached to the door. And I walk back into the living room to see you sitting there and yell, “Oh my god Tig, I completely forgot about you!” And you very politely turn yourself so you’re facing the door, which is the dog way of saying, “I know you...
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