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The power of prayer, my life as a personal chef, miniature golfing, and reading at the grocery store (7 Quick Takes)

My sons and I went shopping one afternoon to find a few items for our beach trip, including a sun hat for me.
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A summer visit to the Big Duck

When we decided to visit Long Island this summer, we did our research. My sister found an ice cream parlor. My husband thought it would be fun to see Sag Harbor. I wanted to go to the Big Duck.
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A visit to New York City, a family dinosaur, and vying for aunt of the day (7 Quick Takes)

Last weekend we decided—somewhat spontaneously—to head into Manhattan to go to the American Museum of Natural History.
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Creating a gift for a legend

Jaime Bramble Schell has known Augustine Miceli, Sr., for years as a dear family friend. When he was visiting her parents this past May, he noticed a collage Jaime had made hanging on their wall.
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Showering a growing family with love

Just 10 years ago I was sitting at my own shower, opening gifts for our son who was waiting for us in China.
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Staycationing fun, Berger cookies, and other wishes that come true (7 Quick Takes)

My sons and I have been staycationing this week, and I don’t know how we can ever fit this week into only 7 Quick Takes. Sit back, buckle up, and let’s go!
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A day trip from Baltimore: Our first time on Utz’s factory tour

I don’t remember when we first heard about the Utz factory tour, but was have been wanting to go for years.
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Welcome, baby girl!

You don’t know me, and I don’t know you. But I can’t wait for us to get to know each other a little bit every day.
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A blooming bush, staycation plans, the wurst dinner, Father’s Day fun, and more (7 Quick Takes)

The butterfly bush that was my Mother’s Day gift has started to bloom! I’m looking forward to seeing the butterflies come from far and wide to visit.
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A tuxedo for graduation

I’m not a mother who thinks my children need to have everything they want when they want it, but when our 11-year-old asked for a tuxedo, I couldn’t help myself.
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A trip to Chicago, meeting Sister Jean, seeing a long-time friend for the first time, and a birthday wish (7 Quick Takes)

I find flying to be completely exhilarating and also terrifying. I do love to fly. But I also believe that we will probably crash. I’m always astounded when we land safely at the other end.
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