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Behind the Scenes of the Holidays

by Together Counts PartnerDecember 24, 2013

There was a time, long before getting married and having children, when this time of year was magical. The chill wind that arrived in the air was an advance notice of family time, thankfulness and gift giving with those I loved. Then I became an adult, and I realized none of that magic happened on […]


Memories Are Made In The Backyard

by Together Counts PartnerNovember 7, 2013

Last year, our neighbor caught us in a compromising situation. My son, Miles, had taken one of the big boxes from the move into our new home and turned it into his own private playhouse. Naturally we encouraged this imaginative play, cutting out windows for him and drawing pictures on the outside.  The Together CountsTM […]


Fresh in the Fall

by Together Counts PartnerOctober 11, 2013

Fall is the season I look forward to the most. Between the crispness of the air and the football games, autumn serves as an emblem of new beginnings. Although I’ve been out of school for, ahem, several years now, my mind still tracks time in semesters and backpacks. And now that I’ve married a teacher and my […]

Father and Sons

Growing Up on Father’s Day

by Together Counts PartnerJune 14, 2013

I was having a conversation with a friend recently about what it’s like to be a parent. He has older children, so he’s a little ahead of the game compared to me. We were talking about how difficult it is to make the transition into parenthood — how it’s such a big lifestyle change; how […]


Birthdays Are For Celebrating

by Together Counts PartnerMay 7, 2013

In our house, birthdays are more than just a milestone. They are an event. When my oldest son, Miles, turned four this past month, we prepared weeks in advance. We repainted our play room and hung new decorations celebrating his favorite artwork he had made at preschool. We scheduled trips to our local Jump Zone, […]