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nicole's family

Blended Families: Live and Learn

“Some families are created in different ways but are still, in every way, a family.” – Nia Vardalos “The Peterson Bunch” is how I refer to our family.  Like “The Brady Bunch,” which aired back in 1969, except we are much more real and none of our problems are solved in thirty minutes.  Our bunch consists […]

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Generosity, Gratitude, and Giving

Generosity. Gratitude. Giving. The three big G’s. The world, especially around the holidays, screams at us to “buy more!” and “you need this!” We’re bombarded with advertisements for more stuff…more, more, more! We become stressed and resentful. We lust after the things we want (and we’re adults!) while instead we’re supposed to be emulating the Christmas […]

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Kids jumping on castle

Neighbors = Life Preservers

Growing up, my neighborhood was full of children. We would ride our bikes to and from each other’s houses, have sleepovers, eat meals together, and play from sun up to sun down. I remember running across the street to borrow an egg or a cup of milk from my neighbors for my mom numerous times. […]

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The Big Santa Reveal

I am ambivalent about Santa Claus. You see, where I grew up – Manila, the Philippines, in the late 70’s and early 80’s – Christmas was very much a religious holiday.  The Philippines, a predominantly Catholic country that wears its fervor proudly, is not a place where kids grow up believing in Santa. I think […]

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