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August 16, 2017

My Oldest Kids Moved Out!

My Oldest Kids Moved Out!

There’s been a major shift in our family these past few months. I think I was in denial about it for a long time, but I'm starting to come around and be able to talk about it without getting emotional. 6 of our 17 to 19 year old young adults transitioned from our home to smaller, independent living apartments. I can’t believe I even just wrote those words. I guess that’s how it happens. One minute you’re telling them to brush their teeth and not watch too much TV and eat their vegetables and helping them with their homework and tucking them into bed, and the next you’re helping move them into their dorms and very own apartments.

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August 16, 2017

We Moved Out! A Reflection by the First Kids to Leave Kopila

We Moved Out! A Reflection by the First Kids to Leave Kopila

We always knew that we would have to move out of Kopila Valley one day- and that the 6 of us, the oldest, would be the ones to do it first. That didn’t make it any less terrifying when Maggie Mom first told us that we had to start “transitioning out” of Kopila Valley. How would we leave the place that we have lived for the last ten years? How would we leave the family that has always cared for us? The family that that loves us unconditionally? It gave us a hollow feeling in the pits of our stomachs to think that we would never again get live at Kopila as we had for the majority of our lives.

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February 19, 2017

Love Letter #31 (50 Love Letters)

Love Letter #31 (50 Love Letters)

Dear S, I love watching you do absolutely everything you put your mind to -- fiercely taking on the goals and dreams you set for yourself. There is nothing you can't do. There is nothing that makes my day more than your smile in the morning and your laugh and your funny one liners that drop out of nowhere. You went from being one of the little kids in this house to a strong, competent young woman.

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