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    Teaching Children Their Smile Can Change the World

    September 6, 2017

    “Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” Mother Teresa

    I had so many things on my to-do list this past week, so many things I wanted to get done. They all fell by the wayside when I learned the heartbreaking news of the passing of a friend’s 13-year-old daughter, Lilli. Suddenly everything on that to-do list seemed unimportant, silly even.

    The news of her death struck me hard. In fact, it rocked my whole community. She was someone who made a difference just by being herself.

    Lilli was the rare teenager whose inner light shone so brightly that your own light was strengthened just by being around her. She had a maturity that some adults can’t hold a candle to–an innate ability to lift others and to see their good. I credit her parents with raising her so well, of course. But she was also just good to the core, happy and wise beyond her years.

    Every time I turned the corner in church, there she was. Waiting with a melt your heart smile that seemed like it was meant just for me–or whoever else she happened to come across. The way she sat in class, eagerly waiting to learn, and with that smile on her face. Always that smile. Continue Reading

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    Teaching My Children What the American Flag Means to Me

    July 3, 2017

    “And this be our motto- ‘In God is our trust!'” The congregation of my church belted out those words in the third verse of the Star Spangled Banner over the weekend. The verse permeated through me as tears streamed down my…

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    Road Trips with Kids Survival Guide

    June 20, 2017

    I know I’m not alone in my feelings of hating being in the car, especially when it involves small children for more than an hour or two. Road trips with kids can be torture. You may…

  • What I Wish I Knew in High School: A Letter to Myself

    June 2, 2017

      It was 1997. Oh how twenty years flies! I was sitting in my sophomore honors English class at Hillcrest High School. We had just been instructed by Ms. Sandy Clark to write a letter to ourselves to…

  • Our Favorite Best Kept Secrets in Washington, D.C.

    May 23, 2017

      If we had a dollar for every time someone asked us what the best places are to visit in Washington, D.C., we’d be rich women. It’s either that, or if friends have visited our nation’s capital before,…

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    A Dozen Books to Get Your Kids Excited about America

    May 4, 2017

      Looking for some good patriotic reads for your kids? Well, it just so happens to be  Children’s Book Week and we’ve got our favorite lineup of patriotic children’s books ready to share with you. Most of these…

  • How My Most Embarrassing Moment Made the News

    March 31, 2017

        I could tell you about the time I hit a parked car in college while an old boyfriend watched nearby, or how when I was a reporter I filmed the wrong house for a…

  • How to Get White House Easter Egg Roll Tickets!

    March 17, 2017

    Have you heard of the White House Easter Egg Roll? It’s basically a giant Easter themed festival/party that takes place on the South Lawn of the White House every Monday after Easter. This year’s Egg Roll is on…

  • Raising Children Who Serve Others

    February 13, 2017

    Teach your Children to Serve and Spread Some Love this Valentine’s Day By Brittany It’s no secret that we live in a world where we are encouraged to think of ourselves as often as possible. There are entire…

  • The Art of Saying ‘Thank You’

    January 18, 2017

    By: Andrea I don’t recall how many wedding presents my husband and I gave this past year. A half dozen,  maybe more? But I can easily count how many thank you cards we got in return: two. Just two.…

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