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10 Years, This Year

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This year she would be turning 10 years old. I turned 30 a week after she died and this year I'll be 40. I will always mark our time together and apart in these ways. 


I've learned so much over the past decade. More than I can ever write here. It is still all tangled up inside my brain and heart at times but my fingers write to work it out of my body. All the love, all the grief, all the trauma. I've been writing and speaking of her since we knew she existed. 

This year I began writing her memoir. I have the most perfect writing group with other women who aren't afraid to write about life and loss and death and grief and love. They listen with their hearts and keep me accountable to continue to write and they remind me to take breaks when it gets to be too much. I can't wait to hold the weight of her story in my hands the way I once held her. 10 years ago.

This year her siblings are soon turning 12 & 9 and there is always a third number missing in between.
12, 10, 9 

This year we've created shirts in her memory with the proceeds benefiting others faced with a fatal prenatal diagnosis.

This year, as always, we're inviting you to write, spell, carry her name where ever you are in the world. We use #rememberingvioletmarie on Instagram.



This year, as always, we invite you to use her Random Act of Kindness cards and make the world a better place on her birthday. (11/2)

This year I will share her story on our podcast on the anniversary of her death. (11/4)

This year. 10 years. 

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Moon Box Subscription

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Celebrate and honor the full moon each month with a subscription service from Moon Box! We received the Full Flower Moon Box. We can't wait to reveal what was inside and how much we enjoyed it!

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Brood X Cicada Safari with Free Printable Observation Log

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Brood X cicadas are emerging after seventeen years underground! If you're fortunate enough to live in one of the areas where you can observe them this summer, we have information and a free printable observation log.


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Outside Water Play Ideas for Kids

We LOVE to play and learn with water! It's a natural sensory material that is absolutely a blast to explore outside while kids cool down in the summer! 

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Underwater Sound Experiment for Kids

Sound carries differently through a solid, liquid, and gas. We investigated how sound waves travel under water with this simple science experiment for kids! It would be the perfect activity when learning about the five senses

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How to Homeschool in Pennsylvania

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I'm a Pennsylvania State Certified teacher who is now homeschooling my own kids. This will be our seventh year of homeschooling in PA. I have walked several friends though the process so now I'm giving you the guidelines for what you need to do if you choose to homeschool your own kids in Pennsylvania. 


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Honey Bee Theme Ideas for Kids

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When kids learn about something that scares them (like stinging insects) they combat fear with knowledge. We created a whole collection of activities to teach preschoolers about bees. This would be a great theme to study in the spring or summer! It is also perfect when learning about all sorts of insects.

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Advice for Those Who are Suddenly and Unexpectedly Homeschooling

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Most of the nation currently finds themselves unexpectedly and suddenly homeschooling. As a former teacher turned homeschooling mom, here is my advice and favorite resources for these unprecedented and unsettling times.


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Castles & Moats to Learn Area and Perimeter

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We reviewed how to calculate area and perimeter by designing our own castles and moats! This math activity goes along with The Magic Tree House The Knights at Dawn.


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