Jamie

Jamie
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Jamie is a mom to boy-girl twins, living the schizophrenic life that is 50/50 custody. A PR professional and author of bingemomming, she loves to write about family life, blending families, cultural life in Colorado Springs and issues of the day. A former Portland resident, Jamie is passionate about coffee, microbrews, local art, country music and cowboy boots (she has way too many). She's thrilled to be starting life 2.0 with her very own hero, Major Kelly Leaverton (U.S. Army retired)
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The Courage-Caution Line

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Finding the Courage-Caution Line This is my Mom voice. “Be sure to look both ways!” “There’s a car — get on the side of the road!” “Be Careful! Don’t climb on that!” And of course, of late, there’s “Did...
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A Season to Stay Still

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I am terrible at sitting still. I literally cannot watch TV without something busying my hands, be it a bullet journal or a grocery list or some short-lived attempt at crocheting. Moving Up Ever since I...
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One of my Twins is Gifted and Talented and One Isn’t

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As a proud mom of two full-term, beautiful, healthy weight twins, I was certain that my miracle babies would excel at everything. Sports, beauty, intelligence. And they are amazing — don’t get me wrong....
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My Ex is Having a Baby: Why Do I Care?

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Divorcing my ex-husband is far and away the best decision I ever made: for my children, for my mental health and for my future. I’m the happiest I’ve ever been in my new marriage....
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Acceptance as a New Year’s Resolution

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I’m going to be honest with you. I’ve had seven pounds on me that I’m going to lose “as soon as things calm down” for three years now. This is called acceptance. I’ve done...
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Taking Back Christmas

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If your holiday calendar looks anything like this, I’m gonna need you to read this. Yes, I know you don’t have time. But still. Stop. Read. It's time to take back Christmas. Look – I know...
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Potential Rheumatoid Arthritis Diagnosis: Using Gratitude as a Life Line

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Dear Facebook, I’m not going to post one thing I’m thankful for every day until Thanksgiving. Mostly because I seriously don’t need one more thing on my to-do list. But also because it rings hollow...
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Is There Room for Me?

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This morning I rushed out of the house. My son, who was characteristically unpredictable on the first day back from his dad’s, was beginning to storm. We were on a precipice. My hands were...
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The New Dream: For the Mom Facing Divorce

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When you are four months comfortably pregnant, enjoying those gauzy fantasies about what life will be like when baby arrives, you dream up some magical scenarios; laughing with your family of four over a...