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What Makes Your Family Strong

By: Sarah Meikle/ What Makes your Family Strong Strengthening Families through The Five Protective Factors Our next three Parent Network Meetings will be centered around the Strengthening Families Framework and the Five Protective Factors that make your family strong. We encourage you to register for all three sessions, to get a better understanding of the Strengthening…

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Holiday Bucket List

Are you looking for festive events and activities for your family’s Holiday Bucket List?  I thought it would be nice to share a list of some of the awesome things we can do, right here in Lenawee County! The Second Annual City of Adrian/County Christmas Tree Lighting in front of the Lenawee County Courthouse will be…

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Sacred Day in the Bayou

By Michael Miller / St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church in Paincourtville, Louisiana, is an unassuming brick building with a modern metal roof and a smattering of trees providing scant shade in its parking lot. Inside, it is an overwhelming architectural achievement — 50 stained glass images of saints and the Passion, statues of key figures…

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Can’t Wait

By Steven Burnett / On June 1st, our last daughter graduated from high school. The following weekend, all of her older sisters were home for the graduation party. Because it is rare to have them all together at once, we try to get some pictures of the sisters together. As I watched this activity unfold,…

Saving for Never

Brooke Borton shares a reflection after spending a few weeks with her newborn. I was sitting on the couch this morning, baby asleep in my arms, trying to come up with a clever Facebook status to post about the multitude of baby fluids present on my shirt and sweatpants. I could say something about seeing…

I am Moving, I am Learning

Parents and Families: Opportunity is knocking! You can help the young children in your life build a strong foundation for movement and physical activity! In fact, YOU are a very important piece of that foundation. You are their role model.
“Ugh!” you may say, “Enough with the role modeling demands!” I know, I know… But listen to this:

How do you measure up?

One of the worst thing a parent can do is compare themselves to another parent, especially a celebrity parent. We see it more than ever now, celebrities toting their children—some biological, some adopted—as their latest accessory. It can be very easy for us ‘everyday’ parents to find ourselves wondering  just how they manage to have…

Baby Brother, Georgie

When Lee and I got married, we never said how many kids we wanted, just that we wanted them.  We were warm and fuzzy about it, saying when our family was complete, we’d know. Six years ago, my husband became very firm on his stance that our family was full.  Rita is six.  You can…