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Mothers Hold All the Things

By Amy Betters-Midtvedt / March 6, 2023

We try so hard to hold all the things The appointment times and permission slips. The meal plans and the grocery lists and the names of all the foods each person will and will not eat. The weekend plans and weeknight carpool. We hold the schedule of feeding and changing and napping and where the…

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Getting Them to Run Toward Home

By Amy Betters-Midtvedt / February 22, 2023

Getting Them to Run Toward Home We were right in the middle of one of those things, one of those moments when a teenager tells you something you didn’t know a minute ago and your peaceful night is suddenly not so peaceful. “Mom, but here’s the good thing. I knew I could drive home and…

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Dreaming of Summer Camp with Name Bubbles

By Amy Betters-Midtvedt / February 21, 2023

So summer camp is back in full swing all over the land and we are here for it! It is go time for signing up and getting ready and starting to dream of those summer days and our kiddo cannot wait. I was a bit surprised he was so ready to leave us, and for…

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Ellie hugging Sam who is wrapped around her in the kitchen

The Power of Unconditional Love

By Amy Betters-Midtvedt / February 18, 2023

Can I talk to you a little bit about the power of actual unconditional love? My oldest, who has always been this high achieving go-getter is in the process of rethinking all the things. She was hit with coming home partway through her freshman year of college just two years ago when it all went…

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Two Minutes at the Ticket Counter

By Amy Betters-Midtvedt / February 18, 2023

Two minutes at the ticket counter. That is all it took to remind me. We were checking Lily in for a flight and there was a little issue with her ticket. It was so stressful and people were rushing everywhere and everyone seemed on edge. We had to rush back to the counter and it…

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The Weight of What We Carry

By Amy Betters-Midtvedt / February 6, 2023

The weight of what we all carry actually takes my breath away sometimes if I think about it too hard. Those things we are struggling with that we carry through all our days and moments. Money problems that wake up at night as we run numbers again and again in our heads or worries about…

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He's the kid who never listens

He’s the Kid Who Never Listens the First Time

By Amy Betters-Midtvedt / February 3, 2023

He’s the kid who never listens the first time. Or the second. Or even the tenth. You can pick him up out of the line up in the school hallways.  He’s the one who doesn’t walk in an orderly fashion. He runs or spins or stops in his tracks if something catches his eye. He…

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Parenting Teenagers is a Joy Beyond Measure

Parenting Teenagers is a Joy Beyond Measure

By Amy Betters-Midtvedt / January 23, 2023

Parenting teenagers is a joy beyond measure and also the hands-down hardest thing I have ever done in my life. It’s the kind of hard that twists your heart and squeezes out every drop of love and patience you have in you.   I thought having been a teenager myself this gig would be no…

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Life is Hard, Let’s Just Try Our Mediumest

By Amy Betters-Midtvedt / January 20, 2023

I tell my kids all the time that I don’t care how they do in life as long as they try their best. But you know what, that’s the absolute wrong thing to say right now. Sometimes trying your best is just too tall an order. I, for one, currently do not have a drop…

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Be Where Your Feet Are

By Amy Betters-Midtvedt / December 10, 2022

Be Where Your Feet Are I watched as the two students noticed I was walking toward them and both stealthily slid their math homework under their writing notebooks and pretended to be totally engaged in thinking of their next writing idea. I, of course, was not fooled. I came up behind them, crouched low and…

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