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Being a Better Mom and Runner
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Being a Better Mom and Runner

By Marguerite Jones - Apr 06 2017


How running made me a better mom and being a mom made me a better runner. My love for running was accidental. I played volleyball in middle school and we were required to run track to stay in shape in the off-season. With my short legs and slow speed, I wouldn’t be winning any events, […]

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A Mommy's Insight: Tips for a New Mom
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A Mommy’s Insight: Tips for a New Mom

By Marguerite Jones - Mar 09 2017


Over the weekend I attended a wonderful baby shower for a girlfriend of mine. The weather was perfect. Her house was clean. Everything was ready for her little baby girl to enter the world. Guests chatted with the new mom around the outdoor fire pit. “Are you excited?” they asked her. “Are you ready?” I […]

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A Love Letter
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A Love Letter

By Marguerite Jones - Feb 16 2017


I’m sorry I was angry. I was angry because I wake up with Z every morning and make him breakfast so you can sleep in, even if you don’t really sleep at all.  I was angry because I felt like I was carrying the heavy load all by myself.  I was angry because you said […]

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Not Pregnant: Coffee and Wine
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Not Pregnant: Coffee and Wine

By Marguerite Jones - Jan 26 2017


Not Pregnant The words cut like a knife as I read the tiny print on the pregnancy test in the Target bathroom stall.  A heavy sigh escaped me as I slowly put on my coat and gathered my things.  My heart sank. I had been so excited about the possibilities!  Our son would have someone […]

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Maggie Jones - Two Sweaters: A Story of Love & Generosity
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Two Sweaters: A Story of Love & Generosity

By Marguerite Jones - Dec 24 2016


Z has two different kinds of clothing: outfits for school (because, toddler) and outfits for “special” occasions (e.g. visiting JJ and Pop, attending a party).  On this particular cool morning, I had run out of school outfits and had grabbed a special occasion sweatshirt.  “How did I let it get cold without buying him some […]

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Where I Want to Be

By Marguerite Jones - Nov 18 2016


My dad always called me a “woman in a hurry.”  My first word was a full sentence (“It’s a bird!”)  In high school, I started classes at 7:30 AM so I could graduate a year early.  By 21, I had graduated with my first degree and was on to my second.  On the morning of […]

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An Exhausted Mother’s Desperate Plea

By Marguerite Jones - Oct 22 2016


An exhausted mother’s plea to her toddler at 3 AM   *Wails* Oh, sweet boy… What’s wrong? *Wails*   Do you need a diaper? No.   Would you like milk? No.   How about water? No.   Or a snack? No.   Do your teeth hurt? No.   Are you hot? No.   Are you […]

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A Commitment to Myself: Every Little Bit Counts

By Marguerite Jones - Sep 27 2016


Over the last year, I worked for a local nonprofit writing public grants: CoC, CDBG, ESG and other essential ingredients of social service alphabet soup. It wasn’t my dream job, but it paid (most of) the bills. There were three great things about my job: (1) social services are important; (2) my kid went to […]

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The Beginning of a Day for a Working Mom

By Marguerite Jones - Aug 26 2016


It’s 6:15 on Thursday morning. The alarm clock hasn’t gone off yet, but I’m already awake thanks to the sharp kick to the kidney I received from our one-year old son, Zachary, five minutes prior. Although he always starts off in his crib, he almost always ends up in our bed between 1:00 and 2:00 […]