Life with Ladybug: The Renaissance experience

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By Shannon Magsam, Ladybug’s mama and co-founder of nwaMotherlode Last weekend, my family traveled back in time to the Middle Ages. We saw knights and fair maidens, decided against touring the torture chamber (we didn’t want to pay the extra 2 bucks), talked to a fortune-telling dog name Karma (her best prediction: “I see you [...]

Military Mama: Changing the World One Life at a Time


By Jade Stone Well, I don’t know about you but this past year is a big blur. Looking back, there has been so much that has happened in what feels like such a short period of time.It started off pretty rocky.I’m not sure I’ll ever forget talking to Jay at Midnight on New Year’s Eve, [...]

Military Mama: A bittersweet homecoming

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By Jade Stone My how time flies!I’d swear I went to sleep last night and it was still summer and all of a sudden we are back in school.Vacation’s over and now we are back to work, some of us holding out for the next holiday.The summer was an absolute whirlwind and I think I [...]

Have a safe and memorable Memorial Day!


Note from the mamas: This story originally published on Motherlode two years ago, but we thought it would be fitting to have Jade remind us what Memorial Day is all about. Be safe out there today and we’ll see you back here tomorrow. By Jade Stone Happy Memorial Day!!I hope everyone had an awesome relaxing [...]

Military Mama: The 60-day window

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By Jade Stone Note from the mamas: Read Tucker’s birth story which involves his daddy watching the whole delivery via Skype while serving in Afghanistan. Click here to read “Long Distance Delivery” Well, we are officially within the 60 day window of Jay’s long awaited return home. I cannot articulate to you just how very [...]

Military Mama: Long distance delivery

By Jade Stone It’s truly amazing how drastically life can change in just a few short weeks. One minute I’m planning maternity photos and the next the moment has come and gone, leaving behind the long-awaited arrival of our son, Tucker. I suppose its good everything has happened so fast since Jay won’t be home [...]

Military Mama: How time flies

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By Jade Stone, Military Mama The phrase “My how time flies” seems to be my anthem this year, at least in most things besides the deployment. It feels like so very long ago since I last saw the hubby. Everything else, pregnancy included, seems to be flying by. There just aren’t enough hours in a [...]

Military Mama: Here we go again (Part 2)


By Jade Stone Last time I left you with the chance encounter at the airport and said I would tell you the rest of the story later…I suppose it’s later! (Click here for romantic Part 1) The lethargy didn’t leave, nor did that awful sick feeling after my return from the Dominican Republic. I just [...]

Military Mama: Marriage, miscarriages and hope


By Jade Stone It’s that time of year again when the weather’s changing (preferably into fall not winter, but beggar’s can’t be choosers!), the sounds of football are in the air, bright greens and blues are traded for brazen shades of reds and oranges, and the welcomed chill in the air ushers in each morning. [...]