The Secret of Powerful Praise

Sitting in the high school hallway absorbed in a book, I hadn’t noticed my science teacher standing over me. It wasn’t until I reached for my highlighter again that he remarked, “You know, Nicole… when you highlight everything, you’re really not highlighting anything at all.” It took me a long […]

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Three Thoughts for Discouraged Moms

Motherhood is a headache sometimes. Although we love this job with our whole heart and soul, there are days when we are pushed to our limits. Our lives rarely look like the smiling pictures we see in magazines (or even in our family photos) and the problems we face never really resolve […]

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Discovering Our Family Myth

This is another segment of an ongoing series about my recent family estrangement. If you haven’t already, please read the previous posts in this series before continuing: (1) The Real Definition of Family, (2) The Moment That Changed Everything and (3) The Silence Before the Storm. “Nikki, we love you and always […]

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The Silence Before the Storm

This is part three of an ongoing series about my recent family estrangement. If you haven’t already, please read Part One (“The Real Definition of Family”) and Part Two (“The Moment that Changed Everything”) before you continue. Thanks! Silence. During my grandmother’s attack, my grandfather was completely silent. There was […]

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The Moment That Changed Everything

Yesterday, I published the first post of a series discussing my recent family estrangement. If you haven’t already, please read Part One before you continue. Many thanks! “I don’t know how to tell you this,” my sweet husband whispered, his expression pained. I had only been home from the hospital […]

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Turning the Page

A chapter of my life is ending. I can sense it coming, like the final bittersweet page of a favorite book. It’s just ahead of me, barely out of reach. I know it’s there waiting for me, certain and unavoidable. I look forward to it with a strange mixture of […]

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Discover Your Own Path

When I was expecting my first child, a wonderful friend of mine hosted a beautiful baby shower. Women from my Church gathered, sharing gifts, good foods and some wonderful advice. While time and repeat bouts of pregnancy brain have dulled my memories somewhat, I will always remember the two best […]

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