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Pregnancy 2nd Time Around

By April Johnston

We recently found out that we are expecting our 2nd child and since it has been over 5 years since I had our first son, this has been almost like starting over from scratch.  There are a l... Read More

Giving Tuesday Spotlight on Crisis Pregnancy Centers in Arizona

By April Johnston

Our family has supported Crisis Pregnancy Centers for many years with donations of clothes, home goods, and more.  This is a great organization that was begun by a pastor and his wife to better serve the families in Arizona with good information about family planning and emergency pregnancy assi... Read More

Where’s My Phone?

By jackiejames

It's hard for my kids to fathom a world without technology.  All their lives, they've been bombarded with the newest "this" and the upgraded "that."  I got my first cell phone in 1999, at the ripe old age of 33.  I still have the same phone number, the same service, and, if you ask my kids,  ... Read More

Yup, I Am A Mom

By jackiejames

I came to the realization the other day that I have been a mom almost half my life.  It's hard for me to recall life without Ryan, Kayla, Shannon and Daniel, but I know that I had many great years before their existence!  I am reminded daily, if not hourly--that I am most definitely, a mom. Thi... Read More

Arizona Things To Do October 2013

By April Johnston

It's starting to move out of the hundreds and people are opening their homes for the cooler night air.  It's a great time to start doing more outdoorsy things with your family without getting heatstroke!  Here are some really cool things to do in October: Crafty Kids-October 16, Glendale Main Lib... Read More

My Mom Is So Entertaining…

By jackiejames

I love my mom.  Sure, I would suspect that sentiment would be a given, considering all that she has done for me.  She's generous, loving, resilient, and always there for me.  As far as moms go, I won the lottery.  But that's not what I love most about her; I love the way she entertains me. ... Read More

Dear Vladimir Putin: My Children are Exceptional

By jackiejames

      Recently, Russian president Vladimir Putin wrote an open letter to Americans that was published on the opinion page of “The New York Times.” While I believe his letter was well intentioned, he certainly offended a good number of Americans.  While his letter cov... Read More

I Remember School Differently…

By April Johnston

My son started kindergarten this week and I already want him to go somewhere else (out of Arizona.)  I want to go back to the schools of yesteryear when parents aren't prosecuted in court for taking their kids out of school but it doesn't meet their criteria of excused absence, where boys use the ... Read More

Websites to Bridge Learning Part 1

By April Johnston

As a parent and someone who works in the education field, I understand and appreciate the value of continually expanding your horizon.  Although my son is  5 and not very far in school, I want to fill his vacation time not only with fun and childhood memories, but also with continuing knowledg... Read More

Seeking A Friend…

By jackiejames

I just had a birthday, and as I get older, I find I am becoming more philosophical.  Movies have a way of making me look at life and some affect me profoundly, much to my chagrin. I've always been very affected by movies I see, some more so than others, but every once in a while, I see one that I... Read More